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Saturday, Nov. 17
SCSBOA Field Show Championships!!
at Downey High School

You did it! Not only did the fightin' Samohi Viking Marching Band make it to the championships again this year, but it earned a 2nd place standing going in — our very best yet. This is an historic win for the band, and it's all due to the incredible amount of work put in by our kids and our coaches and of course our fearless leader, Kevin McKeown! So celebrate, relax, enjoy this momentous victory — and get ready to kick some 4A butt this Saturday! Here is the full schedule for the day.
Important: Rehearsal Schedule Change

Because of a field conflict, Friday night's practice will be from 7-10 p.m. Please make sure your student gets a good dinner beforehand — it's a long day.

Seniors only: You are invited to a special pre-rehearsal dinner at El Texate at 4:15 pm, hosted by Mr. McKeown, to celebrate "our little Bohemians."

If you come around 9:30 pm, you will see our last Friday run and a special performance for the seniors. Not to be missed!
Now back to Saturday...
Where Is the Tournament?

The SCSBOA Field Show Championships will be held at Downey High School, 11040 Brookshire Ave, Downey, CA 90241. Driving time depends on traffic, but it should take about an hour to an hour and a half to get there.

Important Times for Saturday

  • 9:45 am: Call time at Samohi
  • 8:28 pm: Vikings' showtime at Downey High School
  • Plan to arrive at least 30-45 minutes beforehand to allow for parking and seating. Entry is only allowed between each performance.
  • 9:45 pm: Awards
  • 11:30 pm: Pickup at Samohi, once truck is unloaded

Love the competitions but not the cold benches? For the championship competition this weekend, get your lightweight but surprisingly effective seat pad while low-key bragging that you're the parent of a Samohi Marching Band Viking! $5 for a single pad, $8 for a double thickness pad. E-mail to order yours today — she will bring it to the comp! Alisa Stewart will also be selling seat cushions, Wonderland t-shirts, and more at drop-off on Saturday, so you can stop in and buy some merch on the spot.
You can also pre-order SCSBOA Field Show Championships logo wear at this link:

Supplies are limited; some sizes/styles may not be available at the tournament site.
For Students: What to Bring

  • Water in a reusable container
  • Your Dinkles (PLEASE clean with 409 or Fantastic!)
  • Black socks (white socks for Front Ensemble)
  • Royal blue practice shirt and shorts/leggings
  • A packed lunch to eat at Samohi, snacks for later, and money for concessions. Dinner is served at competitions.
  • School work and reading books for downtime
  • Warm clothes to change into after your performance

For Parents: What to Do

  • Drive out to cheer at the competition on Saturday. The top 12 4A bands start at 6 pm; our kids' show time is 8:28 pm. Entrance is $10/person.

  • Cheer with your Viking Parents Tribe! Jump into the rabbit hole of Wonderland t-shirts in the stands!

  • Take loads of photos and share in our Flickr Stream! Flickr login: samohiband; password: vikings100
  • If you haven't yet, please donate to the marching band. Every dollar helps fund this amazing program, and it's 100% tax-deductible! You can send in a check to the Band Room [made out to "SMAPA," with "Marching Band" in the memo line] or pay online here: Direct Donation Payment.
Looking Ahead

  • Period A roll call at 8:00 am, whenever there is Period A, for the next two weeks
  • VMB Picture Day: Wednesday, December 12, 7:00 am, location TBD
  • VMB Potluck Banquet: Wednesday, December 12, 6:00 pm, awaiting confirmation from administration
Any Questions? Send Us a Line

Lisa and Pat Proft, Tournament Coordinators:
Yunilda Pacchioni-Esquivel, VP of Marching Band:
Kevin McKeown, Director of Bands:

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