Charity Spin! 
Help yourself and the entire band program stay in shape! Sign up for Charity Spin on Sunday, March 10, from 10-11 am at TriFit LA. For just $40, you can enjoy an hour-long class with a highly rated instructor, and the proceeds support the Samohi Concert Bands — all five of them! Reserve your bike today at

Santa Monica College Concerto Competition
Apply today to the SMC Concerto Competition. To be eligible, your student must be in high school (grades 9–12) and age 18 or under as of January 1, 2019. Read more or apply here.

NAfME All-National Honor Band
Students who were selected for All-State honor groups may apply for NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles. Eligible students have qualified for their state-level honor ensemble program and will compete against top students for a spot in these national honor ensembles. Apply today.

Stairway of the Stars
The Samohi Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band 1 will perform on Wednesday, March 27, at the 70th annual "Stairway of the Stars" Band Night. Choir Night is Monday, March 18, and Orchestra Night is Friday, March 22. Ticket sales for all Stairway concerts will open at 7 am on Monday, February 25. There is RESERVED SEATING at all three concerts. Purchase your tickets early for best selection. Visit

SMC Wind Ensemble
If you are interested in joining a college ensemble, the SMC Wind Ensemble (Kevin McKeown, Conductor) has begun. For more information about the group, which meets on Wednesday evenings, please reach out to Mr. McKeown, either in person or via email. College credit is available, and it's also a great addition to any brag sheet!
This Week's Schedule
We're entering the Tech Weeks! This week and next, there will be practice every day after school to prepare for the opening of "Side Show."

Tuesday: 4:15 - 6 pm
Wednesday: 4:15 - 9 pm
Thursday: 4:15 - 9 pm
Friday: 4:15 - 9:30 pm

Please note: For the next two weeks, all Symphony and Philharmonic musicians are officially excused from their Tuesday and Wednesday practices so they can participate fully in our tech rehearsals! These absences have been cleared with Ms. Swenson, Mr. Aiello, and the administration. If you choose to opt out of a tech dinner to attend an hour of your Phil or Symphony practice, please know that we cannot save food for you, and we cannot refund any money. If you have any concerns, please talk to Mr Sakow. 

Other Notes
  • Sign up here to bring snacks to Pit Orchestra rehearsals and to help serve dinner this Friday, Feb. 22, and Thursday, Feb. 28.
  • T-shirts will be distributed on Friday, February 22. 
Just $2,000 Short of Our Fundraising Goal!
Due to a record-breaking year at Bands at the Broad (thanks in large part to Auction Chair Liz Comay!), we are excited to announce that we are just $2,000 short of our $64,000 fundraising goal, which covers the cost of scholarships, instrument transportation and storage, and venues. So students, keep those Spaghetti Challenge donations coming in!

Final Payment Due
The final payment of $1,000 (or your balance) is due on Thursday, February 28. You can pay online here (for a $15 processing fee) or leave your cash or check payment in the band room mailbox.

Mandatory Meeting
There is a mandatory meeting for students, parents/guardians, chaperones, and administrators on Thursday, March 14, at 7 pm in the band room.

Show Tickets
If you're planning on being in Rome and want to purchase tickets to the performance on Thursday, April 11, click here.
February 19-22 and 25-28: Pit Orchestra Tech Weeks
March 1-3 & March 8-10: "Side Show," Barnum Hall
Thursday, March 14: Mandatory Student-Parent Rome Meeting, 7pm, Band Room
Wednesday, March 27: Stairway of the Stars (Wind Ensemble and Jazz 1 perform), 7 pm, Barnum Hall
Friday, March 29: Samohi Band Festival — CANCELED
Tuesday, Apr. 2: Band Concert (All Bands), 7 pm, Barnum Hall
April 6-13: Spring Break/ Wind Ensemble Rome Tour
April 14-21: Spring Break
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