Prospective Students

Interested in joining the award winning Ponderosa Band Program?

Here is your stop to learn more!

Ponderosa Instrumental Music Program Leaflet

Incoming Freshman Audition Requirements Marching Band Wind Ensemble

Incoming Freshman Auditions Requirements & Materials Jazz

Battery Audition Packet      Front Ensemble Packet

Click here to Sign Up for Auditions!

Important Dates

Incoming Freshman Audition Appointment Window

(Symphonic/Marching Band, Jazz Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, Concert Band)

March 6th-17th after school at Ponderosa

Color Guard Auditions

March 15th, March 22nd, April 5th, and April 6th


Marching Band Percussion Auditions

April 4th -Drumline  April 6th- Front Ensemble


Marching Band Camp

May 12th- New Marchers/Freshman


May 13th- Whole Marching Band


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Join our Remind group by clicking “Join Class” below to receive updates on auditions and schedules for next year.


You can always contact the Director via the Remind App or the following:

Email:          Phone: 530-677-2281 x2239


The Ponderosa Band Program’s vision is to ensure that the skills necessary to become first-class musicians, performers, and leaders are being developed by providing high quality music instruction as part of a well-rounded education.

About Us

The Ponderosa Band Program is home to award-winning groups and musicians and serves over 150 students. The band program consists of the marching band, color guard, jazz ensemble, symphonic band and concert band. Our talented young students work extremely hard and spend hours in preparation for exciting performances both local and afar such as the Heritage-Worldstrides Music Festival and Northern California Band Association Competitions. The band program consistently brings home Superior ratings and high marks in all their performance endeavors.

About your Director!

Santiago Sabado is from Placerville, CA and a graduate of Ponderosa HS. He holds his Masters in Instrumental Wind Conducting, Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and Trumpet Performance from Sacramento State University as well as his Teaching Credential in Music. He performed with the Sacramento Mandarins Drum & Bugle Corps from 2006-2009 and went on instruct the corps from 2010-2015. He serves as judge for the Northern California Band Association as well as the President for the California Music Educators Association- Capitol Section. Santiago also enjoys teaching music at the Sugarloaf Fine Arts camp during the summers. 


It takes a significant amount of money to run the band program as it is now. To give you an idea of the cost, here are some examples:

  • 1 new song for concert band: $75 – $100
  • Marching Drill and Music for Marching Band: $5,000
  • 1 bus for a group to go perform and compete in the Sacramento area: $600 to $800 (with the concert band and symphonic marching band it will take 3 buses to get us there)
  • Feeding the marching band at just one competition: $600
  • Festival/Competition Entry Fees for one group per event: $175-$300

(Approx. 10 this year)

Family Donations: Our Band Boosters and I have come up with an estimated budget of approximately $50,000. We are asking families this year to help off-set the costs of the band program by making donations to the Band Boosters or Band ASB Account. We could use fundraising companies ( where the company takes 60% and we get 40%) or we could ask you to donate money and we get 100% of the profit and you get a tax deduction!