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Start your journey to become a member of the Santa Clara Vanguard today! This November and December, we will host 3-day events designed to give prospective BRASS, COLOR GUARD and PERCUSSION auditionees the full Vanguard Experience. From Friday evening to Sunday afternoon, you'll get a taste of drum corps life - sleeping in a gym, eating from our food truck, and rehearsing with our world class staff. Come ready to learn new things, meet new people, and have a great time!

The three camps are taking place on:

November 18-20th: TX - DFW Area

November 25-27th: CA - SoCal Area (No percussion)

December 2-4th: CA - Bay Area

Register for camp here!
Vanguard Spotlight
The Board of Directors of the Vanguard Music and Performing Arts are proud to announce Amy Lipshy as the new Board President & Chair of the Board of Directors! Amy was a member of the Santa Clara Vanguard Color Guard from 1994-1996 and the 2017 50th Anniversary Alumni Corps. To learn more about Amy, click here.

We are also happy to announce the retirement of Mike Kovalich, Chief Financial Officer of VMAPA! Mike has held various leadership positions for over 30 years at VMAPA including Board member, Board Treasurer, and CFO. Jennifer Bauman, former Board President & Chair and former Board Treasurer will assume the role as CFO.

Committees Report
  • Alumni Association:

  • Annual Alumni Survey Is Live! Click the link below to let your voice be heard.
    Take me to the Alumni Survey!

    • Interested in joining a committee? 

      • The 5K committee starting up this October and meeting biweekly until June. If you want to be a part of our 3rd Annual race, please join our team! We’ll be happy to have you! Email for more information.

      • The Engagement Committee meets once a month or as needed. If you want to be part of a team that gets alumni together, join our team! We’d love to see you there! Email for more information.

      • Want to start your own committee? Let us know! Email with your ideas.

  • Join our next virtual meeting October 18th at 6:30pm PST. We will be discussing our bylaws with the intention to update them, so please show up and share your thoughts!
New Holiday shirt coming soon! 2022 SCV Merch is still Available
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James Janda


Salt Lake City, UT

SCV French Horn 1973 & 1974

Current Occupation: Electronics Manufacturing Owner


When and where was the first time you saw Vanguard?

1972 Madison, WI


Best meal on tour:

Gail Royer’s Spaghetti


If you were to have marched in any other section in the corps, what would it be?

I would have been an awesome Rifle. 


Of the uniforms you wore, which uniform was your favorite?

Only had one - the original tunic with SCV Starburst Badge. ‘73 & ‘74


Best way to make a PB & J sandwich:

Wonder Bread, Creamy PB thick, Boysenberry jam thick, Potato Chips for crunch, pinch the edges because this baby can be messy!!


How do you connect/reconnect to Vanguard?

Alumni, make donations, go to Rose Bowl and Ogden, UT shows, plus the show in movie theaters at finals. 

Dates to Remember
  • Alumni Association virtual meeting October 18th at 6:30pm PST. We will be discussing our bylaws with the intention to update them, so please show up and share your thoughts!
  • VMAPA Board Meeting Oct 19th @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm PST.
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