Riordan Bands

Most Archbishop Riordan students who become contributing members of the Marching, Concert, and Jazz bands arrive at Riordan with no previous musical experience. For those with a concentrated interest in music, our professional music faculty helps to cultivate these talents.

Awards and Recent Performances
The Crusader Marching Band is proud to be the largest marching band in the city of San Francisco, and also an award-winning group. At the 2016 Fleet Week SF High School Band Challenge, the Band took home first place and a $10,000 prize. Under the leadership of Director Kyle Hildebrant and Assistant Director Edwin Serrano, the Riordan Marching Band continues to be a source of pride for all members of the Riordan community.

In addition to competing in the NCBA (Northern California Bands Association) circuit, the Marching Band is a sought-after performer at some of the most popular Bay Area events, parades, festivals, and sporting events. Highlights include the Columbus Day Parade, St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Veteran’s Day Parade, the Chinese New Year Parade, and both San Francisco Giants World Series Parades (2010 and 2012). They traveled and performed at the Hawaiian Invitational (2005, 2010 and 2014), Disneyland Arts on Stage (1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009, and 2012), the National Independence Day Parade (2011) in Washington D.C, and Vancouver, BC. In addition, they have performed for many professional sporting events: Oakland Raiders halftime show (2011 and 2012), Golden State Warriors halftime show (2012), the America’s Cup (2013), and Super Bowl 50, and at the 2017 New Year’s Day Parade in Rome.

The Band will also be performing in the 2019 New Year’s Day Parade in London, with an expected audience of 3.5 million.

Jazz Band
The Jazz Band performs and competes in band reviews in the Northern California Band Association circuit and other jazz band festivals throughout Northern California. Their schedule includes the Archbishop Riordan Christmas and Spring concerts and their talents are highlighted in the Annual Jazz Coffee House in the Fall and Spring.

The Jazz Band and it’s smaller Jazz combo perform a varied repertoire that provide the students the opportunity to perform music in all eras of Jazz.

Color Guard
The Color Guard was started in Fall 2008 by former band student Mark Lieuw ’07, and is a collaboration between Riordan, Mercy SF, and ICA High School. The color guard has been a great asset and addition to the band. Previously, Riordan had only one color guard in 2004-2005 with a nine-member all-male flagline in the back of the band. Color guard is always looking for new recruits so come out and give it a try!
These percussionists bring the beats! This talented group at Riordan had a number of award-winning finishes at various competitions during the 2015-16 school year.

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