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Music and Magic
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Thank you to everyone who came to the event ! We hope you enjoyed the show. 

Welcome to the official page of the Rancho Mirage High School Bands and Instrumental Music Program

Field Show Performers on stage
RMHS Concert Band Performance 2022


The Rancho Mirage High School Bands and Instrumental Music Program is under the direction of Dr. Brian McDaniel. The music program is comprised of various ensembles including wind symphony, concert, jazz, strings and marching band. Although a relatively new program, it has already accumulated numerous awards in both the concert and marching band arenas.


AWARD WINNING: March 31st, 2023 - April 1st, 2023 the Music Program traveled to compete in the WorldStrides Hollywood Heritage Festival bringing home number of awards. The Symphonic and Jazz ensembles obtained Gold standard and first place ratings, and won their second National Sweepstakes in April 2023 at the Heritage Festival. The Heritage Festival also awarded an astounding 5 Maestro Awards. This award is for individual student performances during the Festival. WorldStrides has invited the ensemble to perform in a Gold Festival in 2025.

COMMUNITY BAND: The program is no stranger to the Coachella Valley. Whether the marching band or in small ensembles, Rancho Mirage High School musicians find time to perform at various community events and meetings, including at the Rancho Mirage City Hall, Eisenhower Health, various Palm Springs Unified School District offices, Sun City Shadow Hills community and at local philanthropists' homes. The Rattler Regiment also performed in the 2022 Palm Desert Golf Cart Parade, earning a "top spirit" award, roused spectators in their appearance in the 2022 Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade and entertained cyclists at the 2023 Tour de Palm Springs.  

TRAVEL PLANS:  The program plans to travel to perform and the 2023-2024 calendar is in the works. Planning and fundraising is in process for international travel to Japan June 12-23, 2024. If you or your business would like to donate your consideration in appreciated. Please utilize the donate button above, RMHS Instrumental Music Boosters is a 501 c 3 organization. Please consult with your tax preparer regarding tax deduction. 


Thank you to the City of Rancho Mirage for your $25,000 donation towards the student performing in Japan 2024

If you or a business would like to help sponsor a student please contact Dr. McDaniel at or use the donate button at top of page

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Metallica Marching Band Competition

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The deadline to enter the #MetallicaMarchingBand Competition is approaching fast! If your school’s band is participating, make sure you get those submissions in by November 16.

A few weeks ago, we crashed the practices of San Bernadino High School, Rancho Mirage High School, and Ramona High School to hear firsthand from students on how they’re preparing for the competition, and what it means to each school. Huge thanks to band directors Dana Campfield, Brian McDaniel, and Brian Gallagher for welcoming us! We can’t wait to see your final submissions.

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Kesq Story

WorldStrides invited Rancho Mirage High School's band department to be a featured music program to tour Japan in the summer of 2024. They will visit Tokyo, Hiroshima, Hakone, Kyoto, and Osaka..

The band has a history of winning titles and has been recognized by WorldStrides. They are two-time consecutive national champions at WorldStrides Music Festival, Anaheim 2022, and Hollywood 2023.   continue to KESQ site for full story


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