oGilroy Unified School District Middle School Bands
Ascension Solarsano MS Brownell MS South Valley MS
Each of our three GUSD middle schools has both a Beginning Band and an Advanced Band. These are the first steps in GUSD's 6-12th Grade Band Program, preparing students for the award-winning programs at both Christopher and Gilroy High School.
Advanced Band is designed for 7th and 8th Grade students that have already taken Beginning Band. Students wishing to enroll in Advanced Band should email their Band Director.
Beginning Band is available to ALL students (6-8th Grade) at Ascension Solarsano, Brownell, and South Valley Middle Schools! Beginning students have the choice to begin on flute, clarinet, trumpet, or trombone! Students wishing to enroll in Beginning Band should click the link below to get started!
We work with our educational partner company Music & Arts, to provide affordable, high quality instrument rentals and purchases for students beginning at just $22 per month. These discounted instruments are either new or lightly used, professionally sanitized, and shipped directly to the student. These instruments are also the brands and models recommended by our Band Directors! Our bands use "Hal Leonard Essential Elements" Book 1 which can also be purchased inexpensively through Music & Arts or included with your instrument rental.
A convenient virtual rental night with Music & Arts will be held for all students renting or purchasing instruments in the first few weeks of the school year! This is the easiest way to get the perfect instrument for your child!
If you plan to purchase an instrument on your own for your student, PLEASE refer to the following two documents to help guide your purchase or rental:
Have questions? Please feel free to contact our GUSD Middle School Band Directors below!
Ascencion Solarsano Middle School Bands
Aaron Shemas - Director of Bands, 7/8th Grade Symphonic (Varsity) Band
Zebulon M. Bellon - Associate Director of Bands, 6th-8th Grade Beginning Concert (JV) Band
Brownell Middle School Bands
Aaron Shemas - Director of Bands
South Valley Middle School Bands
Trena Camp - Director of Bands
All Middle School Bands are assisted by the high school band directors at Christopher and Gilroy High Schools.