The Tulare Union Percussion program has quickly turned into one of the top percussion ensembles in the Central Valley, placing top 3 consecutively in the SVWAA Scholastic A Gold Class Division. The percussion program has been under the direction of Ray Rivera and Joseph Rodrigues since the fall of 2021 and Kheffy Cervantez and Emily Figueroa starting in the fall of 2023.
String Orchestra comprises students who are proficient or advanced in their instrument. String Orchestra is a year-long class open to all students who qualify. Prior experience at the middle school level is required (students with no previous experience on string instruments who show interest in joining must have prior knowledge of music from another performing ensemble). The group participates in school concerts and the CMEA Orchestra festival each year. During the school year the students work on basic fundamentals of the string instrument, daily rehearsal techniques, and play different genres of literature.
The Jazz Band comprises students who are proficient or advanced on their instrument, have room in their schedule, and are interested in learning jazz concepts, styles, and improvisation. In this class, students develop knowledge and skills in ensemble balance, tone production, improvisation, sight-reading, jazz theory, and jazz history as it pertains to the music that is being prepared and performed. A wide variety of styles are studied and emphasis is placed on improvisation and repertoire. The Jazz Band is directed by Mario Capote.
Color guard is a form of dance that involves more than controlling the body, but also through the use of equipment. The Color Guard is a component of the Marching Band during the fall, using choreography and equipment to enhance the visual effect of the marching band show, and is judged as part of the overall visual appeal as well as in its own category. From January through April, the Color Guard competes in Winter Guard, an indoor Color Guard activity. The guard is under the direction of Julia, Samantha, and Kameron.
Locally known for its tradition and award-winning musical performances, the Tulare Union Tribe consists of students who perform music for their own sake and build strength through competition as a team. During the fall marching season, the band competes in local, and regional competitions. Last year the Marching Band competed in the California School Band and Color Guard Association (CSBCA) Championships, placing in the top half consistently. In other years they have traveled to Fresno, California to compete in the Western Band Association (WBA) Championships. In the spring, this selective group prepares and performs high-level works for concert band. These works are well suited for this smaller ensemble (35-45 musicians.) This Ensemble is the most advanced concert ensemble at Tulare Union High School, performing at local and regional wind band festivals as well as performances on the school campus. The Advanced Band is under the Direction of Mario Capote.