Did you know?
San Luis Obispo High School organized its first band in 1926, under the direction of Mr. Metcalf. Two years later, an orchestra consisting of 24 pieces was added to the Instrumental Music Department. These ensembles were an important part of the early years of the high school, providing music for football and basketball games, as well as school plays. The marching band made annual trips in the late 1930s and early 1940s to San Francisco to play at the East-West Shrine Game.
During the 1950s, a dance band was formed to provide music for school dances. The 1960s brought the addition of a Pep Band for basketball games, and a “Tigerette” drill team to perform with the marching band. The name “Tiger Band” was coined and made official in 1967 by then-director Mr. Latzer. In 1975, director Mr. Lyle Stubson formed a jazz band on campus. Stage band and orchestra provided music for spring musicals through the late 1970s.
Former band directors include: Mr. Metcalf, Mr. Riedel, Carl Loveland, Robert Grindle, Mr. Latzer, Mr. Letson, Lyle Stubson, and Al Streder. The current band director is Sharon Jeskey who came to SLO High School in the 2003-2004 school year. Since then the marching band has added a color guard and grew from 30 members to more than 80 members (and it’s still growing!).
Want to Join SLOHS Band?
If you are new to the area, or will be a Freshman but didn’t attend Laguna MS, or you currently attend SLOHS and want to be in band….
Please contact Sharon Jeskey, Director of Bands, for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org