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~ The Logan Band & Color Guard ~
Director: Ramiro Barrera
Associate Directors: Ken Karlin, Tony Lanzino, Brian Sears, Patricia Hurtado
Color Guard Director: Mark Metzger

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Music is a science. It is exact, specific, and it demands precise acoustics. A conductor's full score is a chart, a graph which indicates frequencies, intensities, volume changes, melody, and harmony all at once and with most exact control of time.
Music is mathematical. It is rhythmically based on the subdivisions of time into fractions which must be done instantaneously, not worked out on paper.
Music is a foreign language. Most of the terms are Italian, German, or French, and the notation is certainly not English &endash; but a highly developed kind of shorthand that uses symbols to represent ideas. The Semantics of music is the most complete and universal language.
Music is history. Music usually reflects the environment and times of its creation, often even the country and/or racial feeling.
Music is physical education. It requires coordination of fingers, hands, arms, legs, lip, cheek and facial muscles, in addition to extraordinary control of the diaphragmatic, back, stomach and chest muscles, which respond instantly to the sound the ear hears and the mind interprets.
Music is all of these things, but most of all, music is art. It allows a human being to take all these dry, technically boring (but difficult) techniques and use them to create an emotional response. That is one thing science cannot duplicate: humanism, feeling, emotion, call it what you will.
That is why we teach music! -- Author Unknown

The Marching Band
The purpose of the James Logan Band & Color Guard is to instruct students in the fine art of music performance, precision marching technique, musicality and team work.
The Logan Band & Color Guard is a member of the WBA (Western Band Association) and is comprised of some 290 students, approximately 230 musicians and 60 color guard. The Band and Guard compete as a marching unit during the fall season, entering several field show competitions throughout California. The marching season culminates with the WBA Championships, usually held in late November. The James Logan High School Band & Color Guard have been the Western Band Association upper division Sweepstakes Champions seven times since 1997 and are the current (2005) Class 4A/5A WBA Champions. (WBA web site)

Recent Honors/Awards

  • WBA Class 4A/5A Marching Band Champions, 2005
  • Performed at the Edinburgh Scotland Easter Festival, 2005
  • WBA Championships Class 4A/5A Marching Band Champions, 2004
  • Golden State Tournament of Bands 3A/4A Sweepstakes Champions, 2003
  • WBA Class 3A/4A Marching Band Champions, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1997.
  • Performed in the Tournament of Roses Parade, 2003
  • Performed in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, 1999

At the conclusion of marching season, the focus shifts to the numerous smaller ensembles within our band & color guard organization.

The Band Program
Under the leadership of Director of Bands, Ramiro Barrera, the Logan instrumental music program has developed into one of the largest and finest in the state. We have eight primary instrumental music ensembles; Concert Band B, Concert Band A, an award winning Symphonic Band, a world class Wind Symphony, an award winning Percussion Ensemble and four Jazz Bands. All of these ensembles perform concerts and/or participate in various band and ensemble festivals throughout the state.
The jazz bands perform locally at school and community events and out of town festivals. Typically, they participate at the Reno Jazz Festival in the springtime.
The percussion ensemble travels and competes at local and regional circuits including the Winter Guard International (WGI) West Regional hosted by the James Logan Band and Color Guard Boosters. (WGI web site)
The performing bands participate in various concerts and festivals including the Western Band Association (WBA) National Concert Band Festival in Long Beach, California. In March of 2005, the Logan Band traveled to Edinburgh, Scotland, to participate in the Edinburgh Easter Festival Parade. This trip also featured performances of the Concert Bands, Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony and Percussion Ensemble.
On December 18th, 2003, the Wind Symphony performed at the Midwest Clinic, an international band and orchestra conference held in Chicago annually. The Logan Wind Symphony is one of only five high school ensembles in the entire country invited to play at the Midwest Clinic, and the first one from California since 1956. Only the very best ensembles throughout the United States are invited to this prestigious event. This is indeed a high honor for the Wind Symphony and the entire Logan music program. (Wind Symphony Midwest Clinic Page)

Recent Honors/Awards

  • Wind Symphony - NYC Carnegie Hall performance, 2006
  • Wind Symphony - featured band, Western States Collegiate Wind Band Festival, 2006
  • All bands performed at the Edinburgh Easter Festival, Scotland 2005
  • Wind Symphony - Invitation to perform in Chicago at the Midwest Clinic International Band & Orchestra Conference, December 2003. (Midwest Clinic web site | Wind Symphony Midwest Clinic Page)
  • Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band and Concert Band A - Top Honors WBA Concert Band Festival March 2003. (WBA web site)
  • Wind Symphony & Symphonic Band - Top Honors WBA Concert Band Festival Fresno 2002.
  • Wind Symphony - Top Honors Bands of America National Concert Band Festival, Indiana 2001.
  • Percussion Ensemble has consistently placed in the top three at California competitions for the past 6 years.
  • 2 of the 4 Jazz Bands performed at the Reno Jazz Festival and were in the top 5 for their level. Also, performed at the Santa Rosa Jazz Festival.

The Color Guard
Simply put, the Logan Color Guard program is the dominating force in color guard competition in the United States. Our Open Guard performers are the current 2006 California Color Guard Circuit (CCGC) Bronze Medalists, and gold medalists in 2002, 2003 and 2004. Our World Guard performers are the current 2006 WGI World Champions (Winter Guard International) and have been for an incredible nine years in a row!
Open Guard and World Guard auditions are held during the field show season and students are placed into one of the two color guard units during November. Rehearsals begin during the Thanksgiving holiday week and winter vacations.
The Open Guard and World Guard travel and compete in local, regional and national events including the Winter Guard International (WGI) West Regional, hosted by the James Logan Band and Color Guard Boosters.
In April 2006, the Logan World Guard attended the WGI World Championships in Dayton, OH and successfully defended their title of Scholastic World Champions! (WGI web site)

Recent Honors/Awards

  • Open Guard: 2006 California Color Guard Circuit (CCGC) Bronze Medalists • 2005 CCGC Silver Medalists • CCGC Champions - 2002, 2003, 2004.
  • World Guard: 2006 WGI World Champions - also Champions 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 & 2005.



Ramiro Barrera
James Logan High School Director of Bands
Ramiro Barrera is a graduate of San Jose State University where he received his BA in Music and his Teaching Credential. Mr. Barrera currently is celebrating his 29th year of teaching. This is his 8th year as Director of Bands at James Logan High School where he conducts the Wind Symphony. Prior to Logan High School Mr. Barrera taught for the San Jose Unified School District & the Clovis Unified School District where his bands gained national recognition as outstanding Marching, Concert & Jazz programs.
Throughout his teaching career he has had much success with his Marching, Concert & Jazz Programs. The James Logan Marching Band is a West Coast. leader in the marching band activity. The group has performed in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade & has won 7 Western Band Association Marching Band Championships.
The Logan Wind Symphony has performed at the prestigious Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic held in Chicago December 2003 and at The Bands Of America National Concert Band Festival April 2001 in Indianapolis. March 2005 the Concert Bands traveled to Scotland to perform at the Edinburgh Easter International Music Festival.
His professional affiliations include California Band Directors Association, California Music Educators Association, American String Teachers Association, California Orchestra Directors Association & The International Association of Jazz Educators. Mr. Barrera is past President of The Western Band Association.
Mr. Barrera was recognized by School Band and Orchestra Magazine in 2003, being chosen the director from California as one of the "50 Directors Who Make a Difference" in the United States. (Read more about this high honor.)

Kenneth Karlin
Associate Director
Ken Karlin holds a degree in music from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, where he studied saxophone with George Wolfe, jazz with Larry McWilliams, and played under the baton of Dr. Joe Scagnoli. He also attended the Indiana University School of Music in 1985-86, studying saxophone with Frank Bongiorno, jazz with David Baker, and playing under the baton of Dr. Steven Pratt. In the summer of 1986 he performed with Dave Barduhn's Jazz Abroad Big Band during a European tour.
Mr. Karlin has been associate director of bands at James Logan High School since 1999. His responsibilities include conducting the symphonic band, jazz ensemble "A" as well as coordinating the jazz program and marching band.

Anthony Lanzino
Associate Director
Anthony Lanzino is a 1997 graduate of San Jose State University School of Music and is currently in his 5th year of teaching at James Logan High School. His responsibilities include the Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble "B" and the String Orchestra.
Mr. Lanzino is also a freelance musician playing the trombone and bass guitar. He performs and records regularly throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

Brian Sears
Associate Director

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Patricia Hurtado
Associate Director

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Mark Metzger
Guard Director

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