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Mr. Freel 

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  2020 Virtual Show -             "Intergalactic"

Unfortunately, due the COVID-19 pandemic, the GWHS Marching Band members will be unable to perform in-person field shows like they would normally. However, we have found an alternative!! This year, throughout the first semester, we will be recording parts of a show titled Intergalactic arranged by Lewis Norfleet (winds) and David Reeves (percussion). Practicing through zoom and editing it together to produce a virtual performance! Students will meet via Zoom on Thursdays from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM to rehearse their music to produce a fantastic performance for all to enjoy! Our virtual performance will be edited, mixed, and mastered by John Meehan of the Blue Devils.

In addition, we will also have apparel for the 2020/2021 school year posted for sell, soon!! Keep checking the website for more information on apparel!

Thank you, parents, for your flexibility throughout these troubling times, your hard work is valued and appreciated!

If you have any questions or concerns, please email Mr. Freel at mfreel@vusd.org or through the Remind text message. To join GWHS band remind text @goldenwb to 81010 

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Mike Freel

Director of Bands

Golden West High School



2019 Marching Band Wrap Up


Visalia Band Review 

Field Show Sweepstakes!

WBA Clovis "Golden State Tournament of Bands"

 2nd Place 

Fresno State Sierra Cup 2nd Place

2nd Place

Bakersfield Band Spectacular

1st Place!

2019 Spring Concert

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Need a Night Out or a Date Night Idea?

Come support indoor percussion and winter guard!

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Schedule for the Night

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You are invited to come watch Golden West Perform!

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Drive 4UR School

Press the play icon to hear GW's radio advertisement

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Support the Band at the 4th Annual Visalia River Run! 

2018 Spring Concert 

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular comes to Visalia! 

El Diamante Theater

All Alumni, Friends,& Family! 

Storm's Passage Hits the Road

Come out and support The Trailblazer Marching Band and Color Guard this competition season. 
Visalia Band Review​​ (downtown Visalia and the Mineral King Bowl)
Saturday, October 15th
Parade 10:15am     First Place!
Field Show 2:45pm     First Place!
Fresno State "Sierra Cup Classic" (Bulldog Stadium)
Saturday, October 22nd
Field Show 1:00pm     2nd Place out of 9!
Clovis "Golden State Tournament of Bands" (Clovis High School)
Saturday, October 29th
Field Show at 6:04pm     First Place!
Lemoore "Tiger Classic" (Lemoore High School)
Saturday, November 5th
Field Show 7:02pm     First Place!
Western Band Association "Championships" (Merced College)
Saturday, November 19th and Sunday, November 20th
Field Show 10:34am

Calling All Alumni, Family, and Friends

Golden West's Many Ties to "Marching Music's Major Leagues."

     Each summer, the world's greatest marching bands tour the United States as a part of Drum Corps International's (DCI) Summer Tour. Each summer, these drum corps compete in around 30 competitions from coast to coast. These corps are made up of 150 performers ranging from 14 to 22 years of age and they employ some of the world's best coaches and music educators. The Golden West Marching Band has a long history of sending its students and staff to participate in these summer tours and 2016 is no excection. Take a look at the GW alumni and staff members involved in DCI 2016. For more information on Drum Corps International, click here.​

GW Member           Role at GW               Drum Corps                   Drum Corps Role

Austin Ballard          Percussion Tech       The Academy                 Performer-Snare Drum

Daniel Larsen          Alumni '12                 Santa Clara Vanguard    Performer-Tuba

Evan VanDoren       Music Arranger         Carolina Crown               Brass Staff

Mike Bishop             Percussion Writer     Crossmen                       Percussion Staff

Nick Monzi               Drill Writer                 Madison Scouts              Visual Staff

Visalia River Run 5k & 10K



Run along the beautiful St. John's River Trail in the second annual Visalia River Run. All procedes benifet the Golden West Band and Orchestra. To register, click here and check out Facebook page. "Like" the page and look at the 2015 event pictures.


"Spartacus" Entertained the Crowds and Judges Alike!


Enjoy a season recap from the 2015-16 band president, Linnea Loeb.


        The Blazer Band’s 2015 marching season has been one for the books! We have invested nearly 200 hours into rehearsals for the production of our field show Spartacus, practicing through 108 degree heat and pouring rain. This year, we competed in class 4A, the most competitive division, and our hard work was rewarded with impressive results. Our first competition of the season was the Visalia Band Review held in mid-October. This is the only time all four Visalia high school bands compete in the same review. In our division, we took home first place trophies for both parade and field show, and we were awarded caption awards for best percussion, color guard, and individual visual. The following Saturday, we traveled to Fresno State to compete in the WBA Sierra Cup Classic. This review is most members’ favorite competition because we get an opportunity to watch the best high school bands from across California as well as the Fresno State Bulldog Marching Band who perform a field show specifically written for the Sierra Cup Classic competition. At the next band review, located in Selma, our field show scored first place in our division, and we received awards for best percussion and color guard of all 23 bands in attendance! We finished the season on a high note taking home first place from the Tiger Classic in Lemoore on November 14th.


        This year, two freshmen are marching in our snare line, a rare occurrence in the marching band world. When I asked Erik Gutierrez, a freshman snare drummer, about his experience so far, he first talked about the amount of effort he put into the fall season. He reminded me our field show was originally written for and performed by Fresno State’s marching band so the music was composed for players with 4-7 more years of experience. He then told me that all of the work required for the season was worth it because in the end, he accomplished his goals and the people he’s met through the program have become family.


        Now that the fall marching season has come to a close, it is time to turn the page and focus our efforts on our winter season events. Our drumline and front ensemble are beginning to prepare for their indoor percussion season, colorguard is gearing up for winter guard, and the band has already begun rehearsing the 12 new pieces of music for the production of the Nutcracker Ballet.


        As a senior member of the band, I have had the opportunity to watch the program grow and change, and I couldn’t have asked for a better way to end my high school marching band career. The band’s staff has already begun discussing next year’s show, and I can’t wait to see how the Blazer Band continues to improve and prosper.

CBS 47 Visits Golden West

On Friday, October 23rd, CBS hosted their #FridayMorningMatchUp at Golden West High School. They showcased all that GW had to offer and played up the football match up between the Hanford West Huskies and your Golden West Trailblazers. Throughout the morning, the band got some great air time! Check out this video of the GW Band being introduced by senior trumpeter Sadie Jameson at the 1:55 mark. Here are some other highlights from the morning.

Construction is Almost Complete!

     Since the opening of Golden West High School in 1979, the Golden West Music Building has been in constant use. The band room, choir room, and two classrooms have seen every GW musical take shape, heard every field show being perfected, and been home to AP music theory, english classes, and more! With over 35 years of constant use, the building was looking pretty beat up. In June of 2015, all music and drama classes were temporarily moved across campus while the building recevies the TLC that it deserves. The building rennovation is estimated to be completed in November of 2015. Here are some pictures of the process!


The construction company is hoping to turn over the keys on Friday, November 6th. Follow the progress with pictures!

Visalia Honor Band

Sixteen Golden West band students participated in the 4th annual Visalia Honor Band. Check out the

article from The Visalia Times Delta featuring the event!


Congratulations Jazz Band and Concert Band!


For the first time since 2002, both the Concert Band and Jazz Band earned a superior rating at the CMEA Music Festivals. In addition to receiving a superior rating, all six judges unanimously gave the bands a superior rating!

2014 Candy Cane Lane Parade

     The Blazer Band's streak of great publicity continued at the 2014 Candy Cane Lane Parade! In 2012, the band was featured on World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer. In 2013, the band made the front page of The Visalia Times Delta. In 2014, the Blazer Band made the December 2nd edition of the Fresno Bee.