Bands at the Broad Planning Meeting Tomorrow Night!
Several members of the Band Parents Association executive board will be meeting at the home of one of our generous families TOMORROW night, Monday, November 18, at 7 pm to help plan Bands at the Broad, our annual concert fundraiser that helps provide scholarships for band tours.

Come snack on wine and cheese and help us start putting together this important event, which will take place on February 11, 2020. Email to get the address of the meeting.

We are looking for volunteers to help with tasks both big and small, so everyone is welcome!

Next WS Tour Contribution Due December 3
If your Wind Symphony student is going on tour this March, and you have signed up to make full or partial contributions to cover the cost of the trip, we are asking for your next installment of $330 by December 3. Click here if you are ready to make your contribution now.
Viking Marching Band Comes in 5th Place at Championships
In a squeaker of a finish, the Samohi Viking Marching Band came in fifth place at the SCSBOA 5A Marching Band Championships in Downey on Saturday.

Earning their top score for the season, an 89.25, the VMB came in just .25 points below the third-place winner, Warren High School (89.5). In an upset, the second-highest ranked band, West Ranch, earned the gold medal, and the first-ranked Rancho Cucamonga captured the silver.

The VMB had their best run ever. Watch the video to see! ( Video credit: Ted Bonnitt)

— See more marching band videos from our official videographer Robert Moore at the Photos/Videos link on

Thank You to Our Families
Our incredible marching band program can ONLY happen due to the generosity of our families who donate their time, talent, and treasure to keep things running. THANK YOU to our many volunteers and to our donors!
Still, we are coming in a bit under budget for the season. If you were able to give all or some of the suggested donation of $850 at the beginning of the year, thank you so very much!

If you couldn't give then but can give ANY amount now, every dollar is appreciated — and more importantly, it's put to good use. Your donations help pay for everything from music and drill design to uniforms and transportation to paying all the sectional coaches who work with our kids every day.

Don't remember if you've given to the Bands? Check the donor list from our Fall Concert program.
Jazz 1 Clinic with Jeff Jarvis Tomorrow
At their regular 3:30-5:30 session on Monday, Jazz Band 1 students will have the special opportunity to work with the Director of Jazz at Cal State University Long Beach, Mr. Jeff Jarvis. Jeff composed and arranged one of the arrangements that Jazz Band 1 will perform at their winter concert.

Students, please be sure to practice your music carefully to prepare and arrive tomorrow at 3:30 SHARP with all of your materials. To read Jeff's bio, click here.
All-State Recordings Due Nov. 27
All-State/CBDA recordings will be due to Mr. McKeown by Wednesday, November 27, via Google Drive. When he picks the top 20 students to submit, each of them will be given a code to upload their music and scales through the CBDA online system, which will close at 11:59 PM on December 2, 2019. Read auditioning/recording guidelines here.

Jazz musicians: You will submit your recordings differently. Please talk to your teacher for instructions.

The All-State ensembles will perform February 21-23, 2020, in Fresno, CA. Read more info on the CBDA Auditions page.

Please note that there is a $55 fee to apply and it costs approximately $450 to participate if chosen. Samohi Band does not endorse any particular honor group, nor can it financially support student participation in this fee-based program.
Stairway Volunteers
Can you help with the VIP reception after the Stairway concert on March 26, 2020? Please email and let us know!

Next BPA Meeting December 10
Submit an agenda item or ask a question for the next Band Parents Association meeting on Tuesday, December 10, at 6:30 pm in the band room! Just send an email to BPA President Gavin Dimundo at . Remember, all band parents are automatically in the BPA, so if you're reading this, and you're a parent, you are a member!
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