Come to the Band Parents Association Meeting
Tuesday, December 4 | 6:30 pm | Band Room
Join us to learn more about our exciting spring semester concerts and other events. We will have a one-hour general meeting followed by Wind Ensemble tour updates at 7:30 pm. We will be selling pajama bottoms — they make great holiday gifts!

  • Directors' report
  • Direct donation report
  • Review / approve proposed amendments to 2018-19 budget. Click HERE to view our budget and proposed amendments.
  • 2019-20 BPA officer nominating committee will meet in January; contact Alisa if you can't attend the meeting, but are interested in being on the committee.
  • Marching band: varsity gear
  • Feb. 5 “Bands at the Broad” fundraiser auction and updates
  • Spring musical pit orchestra rehearsals

Please click HERE to review the minutes of our October 2nd BPA meeting.
'Side Show' Rehearsals Begin
"Side Show" has its first rehearsal on Friday, Dec 7, from 3:30-5:30 pm in the band room. Signups for Pit Orchestra have been ongoing; if your student would like more information on Pit Orchestra, or if they have already signed up and want to stay in the loop, they can join the (students-only) Facebook page, "Samohi Pit Orchestra 2018-19," or talk to one of the Pit Managers, Avery Kirschbaum, Bonnie Stewart, or Annie Huang.

Note: Pit Orchestra is a graded class. Musicians need to be committed to rehearsals and performances. There will be a mandatory parent meeting in January with more information; please look for the date in the new year. 
Photos at the Pier
On Wednesday, December 12, at 7 am, marching band students need to go straight to the Santa Monica Pier for their group photo in full uniform. Please bring your own Dinkles and socks — and don't forget your bronze medals!
Winter Concert Rehearsals
In preparation for the Winter Concert on January 15, the marching band will practice their "Wonderland" show music during the A-period exam slot over finals week. Mr. McKeown will also schedule one afternoon rehearsal after winter break. For the Winter Concert, marching band students will play after periods 1, 3, and 5, and they will wear regular concert performance clothes (tuxes/black dresses).
Marching Band Schedule & Dates
Mon.-Tues. & Thurs.-Fri.: Period A roll call, 8:00 am
Late-Start Wednesday: Period A roll call, 9:20 am
Picture Day : Wednesday, December 12, 7:00 am, Santa Monica Pier
Potluck Banquet:  TBD January
Sectionals This Week!
Jazz 1 sectionals with guest clinicians have been rescheduled for Wednesday, December 5, 3:30-5:30 pm. Guest clinicians include Dan Fornero (Trumpets), Katisse Buckingham (Saxophones), Steven Gordon (Piano), Chris Horvath (Rhythm Section), and Tom Whaley (Trombones).

Jazz 2 sectionals are scheduled for Thursday, December 6, 3:30-5:30 pm with the following guest clinicians: Kirsten Edkins (Saxophones), Jack Jamieson (Percussion, Bass, Rhythm Section), Sean Pawling (Trumpets), Tom Whaley (Trombones), and Steven Gordon (Piano).

Thank you to all that have contributed to support the jazz bands! We are currently at 40% of our fundraising goal. Remember, 100% of your donations go to jazz band. Please visit to donate or to buy tickets to our upcoming concert on January 27 at the Morgan-Wixon.
Bands at the Broad • Tuesday, February 5 • The Broad Theater
Silent auction, wine, and cupcake bar at 6 pm • Performance at 7 pm
( Did you know? For every adult ticket you buy, you get a FREE student ticket!)
As the holidays approach, please keep our Bands at the Broad auction in mind. Going to your favorite hotel or restaurant? See if they'll donate a gift certificate to Bands at the Broad! Do you have box seats to a cultural or sporting event, lessons you can give, an experience you can share, a vacation home you can offer? Please consider donating, or soliciting a donation!

We are asking each Wind Symphony and Wind Ensemble family to bring in two auction items and at least one bottle of wine valued at $30 or more.
To help fund the Wind Ensemble Rome Tour, brave volunteers raise money to get cold spaghetti and sauce dumped on their heads! You can donate to someone, or nominate someone to get spaghetti'd, by clicking here.
Tuesday, Dec. 4: Band Parents meeting
Wednesday, Dec. 12 : Marching Band Photo, 7 am, SM Pier
Friday, Dec. 14:  Bob Cole applications due • Read more 
Tuesday, Jan. 15:  Winter Concert, 7pm, Barnum Hall
(Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Symphonic Winds, and Marching Band perform)
TBD January: Marching Band Potluck Banquet
Sunday, Jan. 27: Jazz Band Concert, 6 pm, Morgan-Wixson Theater
Tuesday, Feb. 5: Bands at the Broad, 7 pm, the Broad Theater
(Wind Symphony and Wind Ensemble perform)
Please consider the Samohi Bands in your end-of-year giving!
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