IN ITS FIRST YEAR IN 1948, 11 BANDS COMPETED AT THE MAYTIME BAND REVIEW:

1. Vista Unified School Band
2. St. Augustine Boys' High School Band
3. National City Junior High School Band
4. Lemon Grove Elementary Band
5. Chula Vista Junior High School Band
6. United States Marine Corps Post Band
7. Chula Vista High School
8. Marine Corps Post Drum and Bugle Corps
9. Grossmont Union High School Blue and Gold Band
10. Chula Vista High School Drill Team
11. Sweetwater Red Devil Band

"MAYTIME BAND REVIEW - A STORIED HISTORY" (May 4th, 1991 - 44th Annual Program)

The Maytime Band Review is one of San Diego County's most popular traditions. Every year nearly 100,000 people line the parade route to enjoy a morning of American marching music and to cheer on their favorites. This year more than 30 talented marching units will compete for the coveted Maytime Band Review sweepstakes, musicianship and showmanship awards.

Like many enduring traditions, the Maytime Band Review had an unassuming beginning. In 1947 the U.S. Chamber of Commerce encouraged local members to engage in an educational project to benefit youth in their communities. A committee of National City civic leaders dreamed up the Maytime Band Review, their vision of a salute to National Music Week.

The first parade was organized under the leadership of National City banker John Dyster, with the assistance of music store owner Tom Leonard and Sweetwater High band director Harlan Skinner. The first parade featured 11 San Diego County bands and was anchored by local bands from Sweetwater High School, National City Jr. High, Chula Vista High and Chula Vista Jr. High. The award for the band that traveled the farthest went to Vista High School.

In 1950 a woman who has become the cornerstone of the Maytime Band Review joined the team. Edith Hughes was given the charge of the project by the National City Chamber of Commerce in what has proved to be one of the shrewdest hiring decisions in recent memory. Mrs. Hughes was named executive director of the Maytime Band Review in 1960 and led the effort to incorporate the parade in 1975. After 41 years, she is still at the helm. Mrs. Hughes and her husband, Ralph, were honored as National City's Citizen of the Year in 1986 for their many contributions to the community.

The parade's early success was followed by explosive growth. By 1954 the Maytime Band Review had more than 100 entries and lasted more than four hours. To restore manageability, subsequent parades were limited to high school and junior high bands, Now entries must demonstrate a track record by scoring well in other parades before becoming eligible to compete in the Maytime Band Review.

Today the Maytime Band Review is the Southwest's largest celebration of secondary school marching music. Some bands travel hundreds of miles and clear numerous hurdles for the privilege of stepping off down National City's Highland Avenue.

Part of the Maytime Band Review's success has been strong community support and a stabilizing continuity on the parade committee. Harlan Skinner, one of the founders of the Maytime Band Review 44 years ago, is still an active member of the parade's steering committee. Though retired from his position as a music educator, Mr. Skinner is still an effective advocate for the fine arts education in public schools. Today he serves as the advisor to the parade committee and is one of the South Bay's most respected citizens.

Bob Jenner, Helen Paradowski, and Larry Rice are three more long time Maytime Band Review volunteers who have made indispensable contributions to the parade. The 1991 committee is rich with experience and long on wisdom.

With school music programs facing budgetary cuts throughout California and marching bands dissolving at a frightening rate, the Maytime Band Review has worked hard to maintain its reputation as the granddaddy of marching music parades. Even though budgets are tight, enthusiasm for music programs seems to be strong as ever, especially among today's young people. Generations of family have participated in the Maytime Band Review, passing a legacy on to children and grandchildren. With the continued commitment of the parade committee and its sponsors, the legacy will live on.

SWEEPSTAKES WINNERS: MAYOR'S TROPHY

1948 - Grossmont HS
1949 - Marine Corps Recruit Depot
1950 - Grossmont HS
1951 - Bonham Brothers Boys Band
1952 - Bonham Brothers Boys Band
1953 - Helix HS
1954 - Helix HS
1955 - Grossmont HS
1956 - Helix HS
1957 - Compton HS
1958 - Mt Miguel HS
1959 - Azusa HS
1960 - Azusa HS
1961 - Mt Miguel HS
1962 - Mt Miguel HS
1963 - Mt Miguel HS
1964 - Azusa HS
1965 - Azusa HS
1966 - Hilltop HS
1967 - Hilltop HS
1968 - Helix HS
1969 - Helix HS
1970 - Arroyo HS
1971 - Baldwin Park HS & Katella HS (tie)
1972 - Loara HS
1973 - Loara HS
1974 - West Torrance HS
1975 - West Torrance HS
1976 - Helix HS
1977 - Vista HS
1978 - Glen A Wilson HS
1979 - Helix HS
1980 - Villa Park HS
1981 - Mater Dei HS
1982 - Mt Miguel HS
1983 - Katella HS
1984 - Katella HS
1985 - Castle Park HS
1986 - Castle Park HS
1987 - Castle Park HS
1988 - Mt Miguel HS
1989 - Castle Park HS
1990 - Glen A Wilson HS
1991 - Castle Park HS
1992 - *Cancelled due to the riots
1993 - Montebello HS
1994 - Orange Glen HS
1995 - Orange Glen HS
1996 - Orange Glen HS
1997 - Bonita Vista HS
1998 - Bonita Vista HS
1999 - Bonita Vista HS
2000 - Bonita Vista HS
2001 - Bonita Vista HS
2002 - Bonita Vista HS
2003 - Bonita Vista HS
2004 - Bonita Vista HS

 

SWEEPSTAKES WINNERS: MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT PERPETUAL TROPHY

1950 - Corona JHS
1951 - Corona JHS
1952 - Army & Navy Academy
1953 - Corona JHS
1954 - Corona JHS
1955 - Corona JHS
1956 - Corona JHS
1957 - Corona JHS
1958 - Temple City HS
1959 - Mt Miguel HS
1960 - Hilltop HS
1961 - Lemon Grove JHS
1962 - Lemon Grove JHS
1963 - Lemon Grove JHS
1964 - Lemon Grove JHS
1965 - Castle Park HS
1966 - Alta Loma HS
1967 - Alta Loma HS
1968 - South JHS
1969 - South JHS
1970 - South JHS
1971 - Hilltop HS
1972 - Sierra Vista HS
1973 - Chula Vista HS
1974 - Hilltop HS
1975 - Chula Vista HS
1976 - Castle Park HS
1979 - Castle Park HS
1980 - Castle Park HS
1981 - Hilltop HS
1982 - Castle Park HS
1983 - Castle Park HS
1984 - Castle Park HS
1985 - Notre Dame HS
1986 - Hidden Valley MS
1987 - Azusa HS
1988 - Hidden Valley MS
1989 - Notre Dame HS
1990 - Castle Park HS
1991 - Notre Dame HS
1992 - cancelled due to riots
1993 - Castle Park HS
1994 - North Park MS
1995 - North Park MS
1996 - North Park MS
1997 - North Park MS
1998 - North Park MS
1999 - Notre Dame HS
2000 - Notre Dame HS
2001 - Notre Dame HS
2002 - Benecia HS
2003 - Mayfair HS
2004 - Notre Dame HS