Bonita High School Instrumental Music & Color Guard

Born on athletic fields across the nation and founded in the tradition of military and outdoor pageantry, marching bands and color guards have a long history in America. Often rehearsing nine hours a day through heat, cold, dust and rain, they create thrilling performances where athleticism, musical talent, kaleidoscopic movement, and showmanship merge into an art form that is both competitive and entertaining.
The Bonita High School Instrumental Music and Color Guard Program is steeped in performance traditions and includes distinct seasons for Marching Band, Drumline, Color Guard, Jazz Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, and Symphonic Band. We would like to invite you to experience and share in the excitement and joy of our program.

Bonita High School | La Verne, CA

Instrumental Music & Color Guard Programs

Rising from the foothills of La Verne, CA. the Bonita High School Band and Color Guard consistently set ever-higher standards of excellence. From its inception, the Marching Bearcats have achieved success in several competitive circuits across Southern California.

Marching Band

Bonita's award winning marching band program gives students the opportunity to perform and perfect their musical talents while learning leadership and teamwork skills.

Color Guard

Bonita's Color Guard performs throughout the marching band season then continues through the winter by performing solo completions against other Color Guards from around Southern CA.


Bonita's Battery & Front Ensemble perform throughout the marching band season then continues through the winter by performing solo completions against other drum lines from around Southern CA.

Symphonic & Wind Ensemble

Bonita's Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Bands perform throughout the year for the community and at several festivals where they regularly receive superior ratings.

Jazz Band

Bonita's Jazz program is an audition only performance ensemble focusing on the fundamentals of a wide variety of jazz styles. In the spring the group performs at festivals and is regulatory invited to perform at functions around the community and at Disneyland.

2019 Fundraising Progress


Sponsor Opportunities

The shows that our groups perform demands many levels of financial support for staffing, design, props, costuming, equipment, transportation, and operational expenses. The support we receive from our business community and citizens makes a tremendous difference in our ability to provide the tremendously talented music students in the Bonita District the opportunity to excel at their craft. Will you partner with us today? Get more information on how you can help today! 

Meet The Staff

Music Programs

This is Mr. Jeff Bird’s 20th year of teaching and his 15th year at Bonita High School. Mr. Bird was raised in Lockport, NY, got his BMusEd Degree from the College of Wooster, OH and his MMA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Besides teaching instrumental music, Mr. Bird also teaches History of Rock n’ Roll and AP Music Theory at Bonita High School.

Mr. Jeff Bird
Director of Bands
Color Guard

Color Guard instructor and choreographer.

Christina Dang
Color Guard
Color Guard

Color Guard instructor and choreographer.

Teressa Borrayo
Color Guard
Batterie Instructor

Snare, bass, tenor, quads and cymbal instructor.

Sean Parra
Batterie Instructor
Front Ensemble

Front ensemble instruction for xylophones, vibraphones, marimbas, timpani, bells, chimes, gongs, cymbals, bass drums, and electronic instruments, etc.

Adrian Lopez
Front Ensemble
Drill & Show

Works with the Band and Color Guard on the design and implementation of the field show.

Chad Mirkovich
Visual Instruction
Field Shows

The Bonita Marching Band travels throughout Southern CA performing and competing with other bands from the Socal area.

Color Guard

The Bonita Color Guard performs with the band and also on their own during the Winter Guard season.


The Bonita Battery & Front Ensemble program allows students to perform with the band and on their own in the winter season.

Symphonic & Wind Ensembles

The Bonita High Symphonic & Wind Ensembles perform throughout the year at competitions and for the La Verne community.

Jazz Band

The award winning Bonita Jazz Ensemble performs throughout the year at competitions and at Disneyland.

Special Performaces

Our program also offers students the opportunity to perform for the community at special events including out You've Been Band during the holiday season.

Want to get Involved? Contact us today!