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The Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association is a non-profit organization whose active membership is drawn primarily from educational institutions—elementary schools, junior high/middle schools, senior high schools, colleges and universities. Additional membership includes students and others (private instructors, business establishments) who are active in the musical community.

The Association is dedicated to enriching the cultural environment by helping all students to develop a greater appreciation of music, providing students with the means for exploring both vocational and non-vocational opportunities in music, raising performance and adjudication standards, and improving teaching techniques.

Our Mission

We believe that aesthetic education through instrumental music performance is essential to the school curriculum. Our mission is to provide educational leadership to the membership of the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association. To fulfill our mission, we provide opportunities for professional growth through developmental resources. These resources include: conferences, clinics, publications, performance evaluation, association with institutions of higher learning and interaction with professional musicians.

We provide enrichment opportunities which present outstanding student musicians as models for all instrumental programs. We also provide resources to assist with the development and/or evaluation of curriculum should it be requested by a school or district.

  • SCSBOA sponsors band, orchestra, solo and ensemble, district and regional festivals.
  • We select and train approved adjudicators for band, orchestra, solo and ensemble festivals and for parade and field event competitions.
  • SCSBOA maintains a continuing program to evaluate and update the adjudication forms being used for band, and orchestra festivals and competitions.
  • We sponsor clinics and workshops for in-service training of teachers of instrumental music.
  • SCSBOA sponsors the All-Southern California High School Honor Groups, the All-Southern California Middle School Honor Groups, and the All-Southern California Honor Jazz Ensembles.

Recent News

feb 04

Music List Submission

SCSBOA Music Lists Submission Guidelines   The SCSBOA membership is encouraged to submit worthy compositions to be considered for addition to the SCSBOA Music Lists. Remember that all ensembles performing at SCSBOA festivals must play one selection off the SCSBOA Music Lists. If you have a selection approved for our…
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jan 12

SCSBOA Festival Music Selection Guidelines

Music Selection Guidelines For SCSBOA District Festivals All ensembles, regardless of grade level must play at least one selection from the appropriate SCSBOA List or Texas Prescribed Music List If your ensemble is playing music that is grade level .5, 1, 2, or 3 you must play 3 (and only…
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dec 18

SCSBOA Scholarships

The SCSBOA is proud to offer several new scholarship opportunities to its members!! We have 3 scholarship programs available that are available. Please read below for information:  SCSBOA SCHOLARSHIP Available for children of current SCSBOA Members.  Application postmark deadline: February 15, 2015 Awards available: 1 - $2,000 1 - $1,500…
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sep 23

Elementary Day Schedule

ELEMENTARY DAY SCHEDULE 8:00 am Registration/Refreshments    8:30-9:30              Percussion Tips - Ray Llewellen   9:30-10:30           Beginning Oboe  - Larry Timm   10:30-11:30         Ukukele Session - Glen Kamida   11:30-12:30         Lunch   12:30-1:30           Elementary Band Session - Chris Watts    1:30-2:30             Middle…
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sep 11

"The Gathering"

SCSBOA – News Release! The event is sponsored by the SCSBOA and is FREE! On Sunday, September 21st, 2014, our membership will have an opportunity to meet with some of the most talented educators within our southern California region. H. Robert Reynolds, University of Michigan & University of Southern California…
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jul 15

2015 Winter Conference Highlights

As you plan your upcoming school year, here are a few highlights of attending our 2015 conference. If you would like to attend the conference, download the "2015 SCSBOA Conference Application," complete and mail to our office with a check payable to the SCSBOA. You can also pay for the…
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feb 18

Championship Venue

If you are interested in hosting Championships at your school site (11/22/2014), CLICK HERE for an application.  The deadline for submission is April 15, 2014.
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feb 17

National Coalition for Core Arts Standards

If you have not heard yet the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards has been working to revise the national standards for arts education.  You may view a sample of these standards by clicking here.
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feb 04

New Address & Phone Number

Our office has moved, please send all of your correspondents to the following address: 1902 Wright PL Suite 200 Carlsbad, CA 92008 Phone Number: 760-918-5804
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feb 01

String & Full Orchestra List Addendum Policy

You may play as your required selection any significant single-movement work, or movement of a significant larger work, that is an original and unabridged version by one of the approved major composers listed below. This consideration does not apply to literature that has already been classified at a level lower…
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jan 23

The Conference has gone Mobile

 Dear Attendees,  This notice is to inform you that the 2014 SCSBOA Conference has gone mobile using Guidebook! We strongly encourage you to download our mobile guide to enhance your experience at 2014 SCSBOA Conference. You'll be able to plan your day with a personalized schedule and browse exhibitors, maps and general…
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dec 19

Congratulations to our 2013 Field Band Medalists!

Still want a T-Shirt from Championships? Division 1A   Division 4A Gold - San Marcos   Gold - William S. Hart Silver - Los Angeles   Silver - Valencia (P) Bronze - Charter Oak   Bronze - Mira Costa       Division 2A   Division 5A Gold - Patriot…
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