This Week's Marching Band Schedule
Mon.-Fri. Oct. 15-19: 7 am rehearsals
Thurs. Oct. 18, Samohi Football vs. Beverly (OPTIONAL) :
Call time 5:30 pm on the JAMS lawn
Fri. Oct. 19: 4-7 pm rehearsal; families come watch at 6:30!
Sat. Oct. 20: Baldwin Park Field Tournament
Come to Friday Night's Practice
For the evening rehearsal on Oct. 19, Mr. McKeown is planning a full run-through in uniform to prepare for the Viking Marching Band’s very first competition the following day. Family and friends are welcome to come; arrive at 6:30 pm to catch the full show. Having an audience helps ease stage nerves for our kids and prepares them for the big crowds they'll have at competitions.
First Competition This Saturday!
The Viking Marching Band kicks off its competition season on October 20 at Baldwin Park High School. Check your inbox for a “school bus” email a few days before the competition with detailed instructions, call times, step-off times, and packing lists. If you have any questions before then, just email Yunilda Esquivel at yunilda+samo@gmail.com.
For competitions, you will always drop off and pick up your student at Samohi – drop-off is usually late morning and pickup is late at night. They rehearse at school, eat lunch, then head out on buses. Their performances are usually in the evening, and all families are welcome to come out on their own and watch them on the field! Entrance fees vary.
Viking Marching Band Raffle
We are asking each VMB student to sell 20 tickets by October 30.

Each ticket costs only $2 and the prizes include:
1) A brand-new iPhone X
2) A beautiful new iPad (2018)
3) And $200 cash!

Anyone can enter, and anyone can win! Winners will be announced at the Fall Concert. Order your tickets online now and share this link with family and friends!
Buy Your Tickets for the Fall Concert
Our first concert is only two weeks away, starting at 7 pm at Barnum Hall on October 30. All five bands will be performing! Come and see what your kids have been learning, bring your family, eat at the Concert Cafe starting at 6 pm, and have fun!

Pieces will include "Night on Bare Mountain" from "Fantasia," "Danse Macabre," "La Fiesta Mexicana," and the theme to "Nightmare Before Christmas."
Program Notes
• You can pre-order tickets using the ticket order envelope that your student receives in band class this week, or order online at this link.
• If you are using a ticket pre-order envelope, please return it to the mailbox in the Band Room no later than Wednesday, October 24.
Concert formal attire for students: Gentlemen: black tux or similar with black socks/shoes. Concert dresses: please remember that new dresses are very long and must be hemmed prior to the Fall Concert. If you are borrowing a dress from the Bands, please do not cut any fabric.
• At the concert, we will announce the winners of the Marching Band Raffle. Buy your raffle tickets today!
Sign Up for the Concert Cafe
As the leaves change color and our long cold winter sets in (lol), we are hosting a Concert Cafe of comfort food that will keep you warm and cozy: mac and cheese, chili, soups, salads, and sandwiches. Because it's October, we might even sneak in some bratwurst and soft pretzels. If you have an old family recipe that you would like to share, we would love to have it. If you’re not too handy in the kitchen, you can also donate your time and/or your money. Go here to sign up and volunteer with the coolest families at Samohi!
Two More Weeks to Get Your Name in the Program!
We list all of our donors in each concert program to share our gratitude with the community and to encourage all families to give what they can. Donate today and see your name in print!
Upcoming Dates
Friday, Oct. 26: Wonderland Field Show at SMC • Read more
Tuesday, Oct. 30: Fall concert • Buy ticketsSign up for the Café
Marching Band Raffle tickets due • Buy tickets
Friday, Nov. 2: All-Southern applications due • Read more
Tuesday, Nov. 6: Band Parents meeting
Tuesday, Nov. 27: All-State applications due • Read more
Tuesday, Dec. 4: Band Parents meeting
Friday, Dec. 14: Bob Cole applications due • Read more
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