Marchmasters is an early bird class open to all freshmen who are enrolled in band.  The Marchmasters perform at all home football games as well as at contests and festivals both statewide and nationally.  Marchmaster camps are held throughout the summer with extended camps beginning in August.  Once school begins, the Marchmasters meet as a double early bird class from 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. through the end of October.  For information, see the Valley Curriculum handbook.

Dates: September-May | Contact: Samantha Beeman – 515-633-4509

Jazz Ensembles are curricular ensembles available to any freshman band, choir or orchestra students who have an interest in jazz music.  Southwoods two freshman jazz bands meet during 7th hour every other day opposite P.E. The jazz ensembles perform at festivals and contests throughout Iowa.

Dates: September-May | Contact: Samantha Beeman – 515-633-4509


The co-curricular ensembles offered by the Valley  Southwoods Vocal Music include Syncopation all 9th grade jazz choir, and Ignition Show Choir (directed and run through Valley High School). Auditions for Ignition Show Choir will be held in May of the previous year. Auditions for jazz will be in early October. Eligibility for any co-curricular ensemble requires enrollment in curricular choirs (Treble or Bass Clef).

Dates: September-May | Contact: Heather Nail – 515-633-4500


Valley Southwoods Drama Department works with the Valley High School Drama Department to offer a variety of opportunities for freshman to be involved in Drama.  Those opportunities include, but are not limited to:  Drama Camp, The Thespian Festival, VSW Fall Production, I.H.S.S.A. (Iowa High School Speech Association) Large Group Festival, Valley’s Spring Production, Improv. Night and Southwoods spring mime show.

Dates: September-May | Contact: Katie Dorrell – 515-633-4500


In addition to the regular daily orchestra class students may participate in Mariachi Tigres de Valle and smaller chamber ensembles such as string quartets that perform in various settings.

Dates: September-May | Contact: Michele Senger – 515-633-4500