About the Spirit of Sunnyvale Marching Band

About the Band | Judged Performances | About the Staff | Founding Advisory Board

About the Band

The Spirit of Sunnyvale Marching Band is an independent, all-age marching band, locally-based in Sunnyvale, California.

"Spirit", formed in 2010, was created as an outlet for the Spirit of Sunnyvale Marching Youth Band alumni, family, friends and anyone else interested, to march and perform in a casual yet professional atmosphere.

The marching band primarily participates in parades with the occasional standstill performance. The schedule is kept light to not interfere with other committments. Spirit generally has one performance every few months, with a few Saturday rehearsals leading up to the parade or standstill performance.

Judged Performances

Here are Spirit's current judged parade placement records:

Fremont Fourth of July parade

About the Staff

Current Staff Members
Director & Instructor/Arranger - Mickey Helms
Mickey is a Spirit alumni, marching 1986-92 (clarinet 3 years, baritone 4 years). He was also a Spirit instructor for part of the 1992 season. Mickey has a Masters degree in music composition, and taught private music lessons for five years on woodwinds, brass, guitar and mandolin. Mickey has done numerous arrangements and transcriptions for various clients and students.

Guard Instructor & Alumni Liaison - Ginger Greenfield
Ginger is a Spirit alumni, marching 1982-86 (guard 5 years). She has an extensive design background, both online and offline. Ginger runs the Spirit alumni website (http://www.spiritalumni.com), and has also organized many reunions and other functions for Spirit of Sunnyvale alumni, including the 20th and 30th anniversary reunions.

Drum Major & Marching Instructor - Betsy Megas
Betsy is a Spirit alumni, marching 1990-5 (flute 1990-4, drum major 1995).

Founding Advisory Board

Below is the list of founding advisory board members: