Under the direction of Joel Carlson, the GRAMMY® award winning Mira Costa Bands are part of the comprehensive Music Department at Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, California. We have been hailed by professional critics and adjudicators alike for fantastic performances of advanced high school, collegiate and professional repertoire in concerts, festivals and competitions from coast to coast. 

Our program consists of three concert ensembles, two levels of jazz bands, three athletic teams, a parade team and much more! All around our program creates award winning ensembles and teams. Marching Band & Colorguard earned 1st place at the Southern California Regional Championships for the Western Band Association in 2021. Our MCHS Parade Team was invited to Hawaii in March of 2023 to perform at the Honolulu Grand Festival Parade.  The Concert & Jazz Ensembles have most recently been invited to perform at the 2022 National Concert Band Invitational in Washington D.C. and won top honors bringing home the President’s Cup! 

From the Concert Ensembles to Jazz Band, Marching Band & Colorguard, Parade Team, Winterguard and Indoor Drumline – the Mira Costa Bands provide a breadth of opportunity for students to perform at the highest level of excellence and have lots of fun too! 

The Band Boosters rely on parent volunteers, who are the behind-the-scenes heroes of our band/guard programs. Our fundraisers, including candy sales at football games, a booth at the Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair each October, and others help fund our stellar program. We couldn’t do it without you! 

The Mira Costa High School Music Department is a welcoming community on a vibrant campus and we hope you take advantage of all that we have to offer. 

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Congratulations to the MCHS Marching Band & Colorguard

This past Saturday at the Western Bands Association Southern California Regional Championships, the Mira Costa Marching Band and Colorguard earned the highest score they had ever achieved in the toughest division of the toughest circuit in the western United States!  They were recognized as 1st Place in Music Ensemble and…
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