Our story began 49 years ago in Santa Clara, California with the formation of the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps. Since 1967, the Vanguard organization has been working to provide music and movement education to young people in the Bay Area and all across the country. Today, we are proud to serve almost 400 youth each year!
Santa Clara Vanguard is located in Silicon Valley, and has grown up alongside tech giants like Google and Apple who also call the Bay Area home. This neighborhood encourages values such as excellence, integrity, and innovation through hard work, and over the years, these values have become the focus of our organization.
Each summer for the past 49 years, the Vanguard, our flagship performance ensemble, has traveled approximately 25,000 miles across the United States to share our values. Members travel from state to state performing in large stadiums for eager audiences many times a week.
As you can imagine, with such a rigorous summer tour schedule, our food and fuel costs add up fast. Without the support from our donors, we could not have helped create lifelong memories for over 4,000 Alumni.
Thanks to generous donors we were able to launch our Community Arts Initiative in the Fall of 2013. Offering local elementary through high school students private lessons at an affordable rate not available elsewhere in the Bay Area gives more students the opportunity to develop their skills under the SCV name.
Currently we have 25 weekly students and anticipate a steady growth in 2016. As enrollment increases, however, it has become clear that we need to expand our resources. Currently all private lessons and performing groups must compete to use the same space at the Vanguard Hall.
Our goal is to purchase two sound-proof Wegner practice rooms. Having the private rooms would allow our Community students and competitive members to have uninterrupted lessons at the same time, solving the issue of conflicting schedules.
Whether you’re a long-time Vanguard fan, or new to Vanguard through our Community Arts program, we need your help to continue our mission. Your donation will give students from the Bay Area and all across the country a life-impacting experience as a member of our organization.
Thank you for supporting Vanguard on Giving Tuesday 2015!