Royal Regiment





How does it work?

Unlike many other youth groups, TBC operates on a "gig" basis, which means when you join as a member, you are NOT committing yourself to any long term participation with the group. We have members who join for just one parade, and others who join for every event throughout the year. Each time we have a performance coming up, we'll message our membership and ask you to sign up for that specific performance. Members who sign up will be sent the music to memorize. Only those signed up for the parade will attend rehearsals as we want to know how we're going to look and sound in competition.


When do you rehearse and how many rehearsals are there?

For each parade, TBC will arrange 4 rehearsals, 2 hours each, spread out before the parade, plus 2 additional color guard and percussion only rehearsals. The dates and times vary, but will always take place outside of school hours or in the evenings during the summer. Members must attend at least 50% of the rehearsals to participate in the parade. Alternatively, members may pass a playing and marching test demonstrating mastery of the competition music to be exempt from the rehearsals.


Is there a membership fee to join?

Nope! As a non-profit organization, we gain our fundings from fundraisers, sponsorships, and other events. We do ask for donations to help cover the cost of buses and instructors, but donations not required to participate.


Are there any requirements or auditions to join?

No, as a group dedicated to providing an enjoyable experience, we accept anyone who wants to play music and have fun. With that said, we beat the DCI World Class Mandarins and we've consistently beat all of our competing high school units by a wide margin at NCBA judged shows, all with just 4 rehearsals. As a volunteer unit, the people who choose to join us are motivated to work hard and come to rehearsals prepared. Still we have a place for everyone regardless of your previous experience.


Do you provide instruments?

TBC provides all percussion and color guard equipment. Unfortunately, we do not own other instruments and we encourage you to borrow anything you may need from your home school.


What are the benefits of joining Tri-City Band Corps?

In addition to being a lot of fun, Tri-City Band Corps is a great organization for earning service hours required to graduate high school, learning and practicing music, and meeting new friends. It also looks great on college applications as part of extra-curricular activities. Officers have the additional benefits of gaining leadership experience and test and college guidance.


Where do your members come from?

Everywhere! Over the years, our group has featured students from the following high schools: Mission, Irvington, American, Washington, Kennedy, Foothill, Amador, James Logan, Milpitas, Daugherty Valley, Monta Vista, Monte Vista, Newark, Independence, Livermore, Granada, San Mateo, Cal High, Hayward, and more!


Will there be free food?

Yes, we provide snacks at all rehearsals and many of our parades. Just our way of saying thanks!



Cadet Regiment





I have a vacation planned and will miss part of the summer. Can I still join?

Yes! We know that many families will be traveling during break, and have a very flexible attendance policy. Just let us know a week in advance so we can update our instructors.


I have a class on XYZ day of the week, can I only join for 1 or 2 days a week?

Yes! As long as you let us know in advance, we're flexible with any absences.


Is there a membership fee to join?

Nope! As a non-profit organization, we gain our fundings from fundraisers, sponsorships, and other events. We do ask for donations to help cover the cost of buses and instructors, but donations not required to participate.


Are there any requirements or auditions to join?

No previous experience is required! If you don't play an instrument, you can join our color guard or percussion units. For our musicians, you should be able to play at a grade 3 level, basically average junior high programs. If you're not sure, please ask, and we can share the music with you to see if you feel up to it.


Do you provide instruments?

TBC provides all percussion and color guard equipment. Unfortunately, we do not own other instruments and we encourage you to borrow anything you may need from your home school.


What are the benefits of joining Tri-City Band Corps?

-Make new friends from other schools

-Prepare for high school marching band

-Earn service hours once you're in high school

-Looks great on college applications

-Officer roles available

​-And more!


Where do your members come from?

Everywhere! Over the years, our group has featured students from the following junior highs: Horner, Hopkins, Thornton, Walters, Centerville, Pleasanton, IVC and more!


Will there be free food?

Yes, we provide snacks at all rehearsals and many of our parades. Just our way of saying thanks!



Elementary Beginning Band





How does it work?

Our program runs for 2 hours at a time:

​​​-One hour for sectionals led by TAs

-One hour for full ensemble rehearsal


What levels do you offer?

We currently offer 3 levels to our program:

  1. Beginning - Brand new with little to no previous experience
  2. Intermediate - Will start on Standards of Excellence Book 1 page 20. Students must be able to play "Sawmill Creek" by the first day of class.
  3. Advanced - Will start with Standards of Excellence Book 2. Students who have already completed our advance program should move on to our Cadet Regiment program.

Is there a membership fee to join?

Nope! As a non-profit organization, we gain our fundings from fundraisers, sponsorships, and other events. We do ask for donations to help cover the cost of buses and instructors, but donations not required to participate.


Do you provide instruments?

No, unfortunately, we do not provide any instruments. We encourage you to support local music stores by renting your first instrument from them. Please see our Local Music Store page for more info on renting.


What are the benefits of joining Tri-City Band Corps?

We offer an extremely in depth program with low student teacher ratios. Sectional time reduces downtime, and provides more detailed instruction for each student. Our beginning students usually reach an advance level after just 1 year. Most of our beginning students will end the year playing the same level of music as the 6th grade Advance bands, despite only being 4th graders.


Are private lessons required?

No, but they are highly encouraged. Students who take private lessons excel much more quickly which will help them earn spots as section leaders and in honor bands when they hit the junior high level. Please see our local music teacher page for more info.


Will there be free food?

Yes! Students who complete their practice chart each week will get a piece of candy!



Winter Programs



Tri-City Percussion & Tri-City Winter Guard





When are auditions?

Auditions are usually held in the fall during Sep - Oct. Please see our website and social media pages for more information.


When do you rehearse and how many rehearsals are there?

Rehearsals vary sometimes but are usually:

  1. ​Tri-City Percussion - Saturdays 6PM-9PM & Sundays 9AM-9PM
  2. Tri-City Winter Guard - Sundays 12PM-4PM

Is there a membership fee to join?

Yes, there is a fee which covers the cost of instructors, equipment, travel, housing, etc.


Do you accept junior high or high school students?

Current jr high and high school students are eligible for consideration as long as one of the following conditions are met:

  1. Their school does not have a winter program or the student is cut from their program and can provide proof.
  2. The student can provide a letter from their school band director or instructor indicating that they have been released from their school program to participate with an independent unit.
  3. The student is participating in BOTH their school unit and in Tri-City. You will need to work out the schedule to ensure there is no overlap in performances.

Do you provide equipment?

TBC provides all percussion and color guard equipment.


What are the benefits of joining Tri-City Band Corps?

Our independent programs are here to support the individuals who are interested in continuing their winter guard and percussion careers. Few colleges offer programs, and even many high schools don't provide winter opportunities. Our programs are fortunate to have some of the top instructors in the Bay Area and routinely travel to WGI Championships and other WGI regional shows.


Where do your members come from?

Everywhere! We've had people from as far north as Sacramento, south from San Luis Obispo, and east from Fresno!