Why Music Matters

About Us

The Vista High School Marching Band is one of the premiere 5A bands in all of California.  Since 1972,  the Vista High School Regimental Band and Pageantry Corps have fostered excellence in music, dance and performance.

Our Mission

The purpose of the Vista Band and Pageantry Corps is to provide quality music and dance instruction for all students who are interested in participating and to provide varied performance opportunities that inspire the participants to reach their highest potential and to share their passion for music and the arts.

Our Directors

Ralph Ewell became instrumental music director at Vista High School 2009.  He received his Bachelor’s of Music Education degree from Indiana University and his Master’s of Music Education from the Hartt Conservatory.  In his over thirty year career, he has taught in Connecticut, Indiana, Switzerland and California. His high school  marching bands have won several state championships, and his concert bands have received national recognition with notable concert performances at Carnegie Hall, the White House and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Mr. Ewell’s awards include the 1997 Teacher of the Year at Victor Valley High School, the 2003 Teacher Tribute Award from Stanford University, and the 2002 National Band Association’s Award for Excellence.  He studied saxophone with Eugene Rousseau, Ken Radnofsky, Larry Teal and David Pituch. His conducting teachers were Stan DeRushna, Ray Cramer and Leonard Benstein.

Greg Anderson began consulting for Vista High School in 2010 and became the Assistant Director of Bands in 2013. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music from San Diego State University and is now pursuing his Master’s Degree in Conducting. Greg has studied conducting with Dr. Shannon Kitelinger, Harold Warman, and Ralph Ewell. The groups Greg is involved with consistently achieve concert and marching excellence driven by instruction and collaboration with great band directors, coaches, parents, and thousands of wonderful students over the years. Greg is an active composer, arranger, and performer. He has performed with the Brigham Young University Marching Band, the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps, the Blue Knights Percussion Ensemble, the San Diego State Symphony Orchestra, the San Diego State Wind Symphony, the La Jolla Symphony, the San Diego Winds, and was a featured soloist with the Utah Valley Symphony. Greg is an avid percussionist, receiving training from Randall Beach, Mike Huestis, Micah Brusse, Mike Stevens, Pat Pfiffner, John Flood, and Bill Bachman. He is endorsed by Vic Firth and Evans drum heads. When he is not teaching, performing, or practicing, he spends time with his wife, Katie, and their four children sharing his passion for basketball, the rock band Rush, and Star Wars. 


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If you wonder or hear people ask "why music matters," we invite you to click on the cloud and listen to the Director of Band Studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Jack Stamp. The related videos that follow also provide the proof of the neurological  value that only music creates. Welcome to one of the best journeys you will ever embark on. Thank you for your support. Work hard and enjoy the ride!