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organizational news | programs update | vanguard spotlight
committees report | VHS Update | what's coming
Organizational Update
From Executive Director, Jeremy Van Wert
Click here to watch the latest organizational update! In this episode, Jeremy shares some truimphs and challenges as we enter the competitive season.
Interest for the 2023 season is extremely high. If you know someone who wants to audition have them visit and fill out the form to get started. 

If you’re looking for an exciting performance opportunity in 2022, this is the perfect local event! This opportunity is open to all current and past performing members of any Vanguard Music and Performing Arts program. The uniform will be determined at a later date and will be provided by SCV. The cost is only $45 to participate but if you are 25 years old or younger the cost is free!

Parade of Champions Rehearsal Schedule:

  • September 17th: Noon-4:30pm (At Homestead High School)
  • September 30th: 2:30-4:30pm (At Vanguard Hall)
  • September 30th: 6:30pm-9pm (Mt Pleasant High School)
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VHS Update

Decades Project Update

The "Twos" project is off to a great start and we have collected many wonderful stories. If you marched in a year ending in two consider uploading your pictures or participating in an interview! 

Help build the Vanguard History website

We are collecting stories of Vanguard and building a site to document them on the web. Help us bring this site to life. We are looking for: writers / content editors, visual designers, back end developers, and front end developers. Sound like you? Fill out this interest form or email

Committees Report
  • Engagement Committee: Thank you to everyone that came out to our various Alumni meet-ups! It was great to see so many people catching up and supporting the corps!

  • Interested in joining a committee? Email for more information.

  • Join our next virtual meeting VMAPA Alumni Association Meeting Sep 20 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm PST. Here are the notes from our previous meetings in May and April.
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Erik Brown


Portland, Oregon, US

SCV Hornline 2001-2004, SCVWG 2006-2007

Current Occupation: Software Engineering


When and where was the first time you saw Vanguard?

I first saw Vanguard perform at Citrus college in Southern California in 1997. At the time, I was a young kid performing with the Spirit of Santa Fe Springs. Say what you will about early season in 1997, but it was magical experience for this future performer.


Best drum corps hack:

Find a bus partner that prefers to sleep on the floor (thanks Alexis and Sam).


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

It absolutely would have been the colorguard.


Best way to make a PB & J sandwich:

Wheat bread, strawberry preserves, crunchy PB, AND all sandwiched around a Miss Amana brownie. Literally the best thing when brownies were on the menu.


What is your fondest Vanguard memory?

During my age-out season in 2004, I basically couldn't play Clowns without getting teary. At some point during that season, the cymbal line caught on to this and would sometimes kneel in a place where they could see my face from around my mellophone bell. At least once, they quietly cheered when my waterworks started happening. Silly and random, but it still sticks with me.


How do you connect/reconnect to Vanguard?

Currently I volunteer as the president of the Alumni Association, which has been extremely rewarding so far. In past years, I have served on the VMAPA Board of Directors, have been on the SCV visual staff (2005 and 2013) and have done my fair share of bingo volunteering when I lived in the Bay Area.


Dates to Remember
  • Parade of Champions rehearsal September 17  Noon-4:30pm (At Homestead High School)
  • VMAPA Alumni Association Meeting Sep 20 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm PST.
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