'Samohi Experience' Gig Tomorrow Afternoon
Any interested marching band kids, put on your football shirts and meet in the Band Room at 4:45 on Monday for a gig before the Samohi Experience, an informational night for incoming freshmen and their families. Let's show them our Viking Marching Band spirit! The gig will be on the lawn across from the auditorium entrance; it will be over by 5:30 pm. If you have any questions, please email!
Clinic This Week with Jazz Bassist Gary Pratt
Both Samohi Jazz bands and combos will enjoy a clinic this week and next with one of the top music educators in the country: Mr. Gary Pratt. He will work with the Jazz Band 2 class this Thursday, January 30 *, and with the Jazz Band 1 class next Monday, February 3.

Pratt, a professional jazz bassist, works as co-director of the famed California State University - Northridge Jazz Studies Program. He has led a distinguished career as a music educator, performer, conductor, adjudicator, and arranger. Read more about Gary Pratt here.

*Please note that Jazz 2 is switching their Wednesday rehearsal day to Thursday starting this week! See the updated calendar at .

Jazz Winter Concert in 2 Weeks
Come see what the jazz bands have been cooking up at the winter concert on Sunday, February 9, at the Morgan Wixson. The set list includes both new and established works by legends such as John Coltrane, Tower of Power, Pat Metheny, and Cole Porter. All are welcome, so come and enjoy!

Doors open at 5:30 pm, and there will be wine, water, snacks, and some baked goods for sale to support the program. The concert starts at 6 pm. Get your tickets at
Last Call for Program Ads/Dedications!
Congratulate your musician, say a special thank-you to your music teacher, or advertise your business with an ad or dedication in our Bands at the Broad program! Ads and dedications can be purchased through Wednesday, January, 29 at the ticket link for Bands at the Broad.  See the ad/dedication specs and instructions here.
Buy a $5 Raffle Ticket to Win a One-of-a-Kind Quilt
Once again, the amazing Rebecca DiMundo, band parent extraordinaire (and a pediatrician on the side, ha haha) has created a beautiful handmade quilt for us to raffle off at this year’s Bands at the Broad.Tickets are only $5 each and you do not need to be present to win! Get your tickets here.
Seeking Auction Items & Wine Donations
Help fund scholarships and support the Samohi Band touring program by donating to our silent auction and wine raffle! Our goal is for each family to donate one auction item, plus at least one bottle of wine valued at $30 or more for our wine raffle.
Need ideas? Great silent auction items include (but are not limited to) vacation home stays, travel vouchers, timeshare weekends, hotel or resort stays; tickets to popular shows, concerts, sporting events, museums, theme parks, or movies; restaurant gift cards, spa days, gift baskets, collector's items, artwork, sporting goods; ski/lift ticket vouchers, gourmet food and drink items; hosted dinners/drinks/experiences; services like babysitting, haircutting, dog walking, tutoring, or lessons.

Think outside the box — what is your secret talent? Think about a creative way you can make a donation. THE SKY IS THE LIMIT! The more items we receive and the more variety we get, the better.
St. Olaf Band Performing February 3
The St. Olaf Band will perform at Barnum Hall on Monday, February 3, at 7 p.m. as part of its 2020 winter tour. The Samohi Wind Ensemble will also play a piece! General admission tickets are $10 for adults and free for all students:
Monday, Jan. 27: VMB Gig at Samohi Experience, 4:45 pm, Band Room/Barnum Hall lawn
Thursday, Jan. 30: Jazz Band 2 Clinic with Gary Pratt, 4 pm, Piano Room
  • Bands at the Broad Planning Meeting, 6:15 pm, Home of Kim Crawford (2416 21st St.)
Monday, Feb. 3: Jazz Band 1 Clinic with Gary Pratt, 3:30 pm, Band Room
  • St. Olaf in Concert, featuring Samohi Wind Ensemble, 7 pm, Barnum Hall >> tickets
Tuesday, Feb. 4: Band Parents Association Meeting, 6:30 pm, Band Room
Sunday, Feb. 9: Jazz Bands Winter Concert, 6 pm, Morgan-Wixson >> tickets
Tuesday, Feb. 11: Bands at the Broad, 6 pm, Broad Stage
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