First Band Parents Meeting Tuesday, Sept. 10
Save the date! The first meeting for all parents of students in concert, marching, and/or jazz bands is set for Tuesday, September 10, at 6:30 pm in t he band room.
Join us to meet the directors and learn about the year to come, including parent communications and volunteering, fundraising, concerts, spring musical pit orchestra, and more!
All-Bands Registration OVERDUE
Online registration using our Samohi Bands Online Registration Form is mandatory for all students. (Families that registered for marching band do NOT need to complete the form again for concert or jazz band.)
The registration suggests a direct donation of $250 per concert band student, but any amount you can give is welcome! Your generous contribution helps cover the cost of paying sectional instructors, buying and maintaining instruments, and more.
You can register without contributing any money at all, but please consider giving. Direct donations are our most effective and important way of fundraising for the bands, and we would love to see 100% participation.
2018-19 Band Concerts
Below are the tentative dates for the 2019-20 concert band performances. All concerts are in Barnum Hall and begin at 7 pm. Traditionally, we have food available for purchase at the Concert Café starting at 6 pm and during intermission.

Tuesday, Oct. 29: Fall Concert (All Concert Bands)
Friday, Jan. 17: Winter Concert (Periods 1, 3, 5 & Marching Band)
TBD February: Bands at the Broad Benefit Concert (Periods 2 & 4)
TBD Late March: Spring Concert (All Concert Bands)
Wednesday, May 27: Pops Concert (All Concert Bands)

[There will also be a percussion ensemble recital scheduled in late April/ early May 2020. Watch for developing news!]

Please remember that all concert band performances are mandatory for the students and count as part of their grade. The best way you can support your musician is by attending!

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors; they are available for purchase a few weeks in advance at They can also be purchased at the door on the night of the show.
Concert attire: For concerts, all students are required to wear either a black tuxedo (or black suit/black bowtie) OR an approved concert black dress. Read more about concert attire here.

Concert Café 
This year we lost our amazing Concert Café coordinator, Adam Chamorro, because his son graduated! If you would be interested in filling his shoes, or teaming up with another parent or parents to do so, please email us at

This chair position entails setting up a Signup Genius to get food contributions and volunteers, deciding on a theme, and helping set up and break down the café's tents and tables on the night of the concert.

Sticks and mallets are due by Friday, September 6. Assistance and loaner mallets are available; please speak to Mariam Kaddoura.
Marching Band Is Off to a Great Start!
Marching band season is underway, and the students are working hard on their field show, "The Bard," which they will bring to their first comp on October 19. Read more about comps here.

If you would like to see the VMB play pep squad in the stands at a home football game (they do not travel to away games), please do! All games are at 7 pm at SMC's Corsair Field. Tickets are are cash-only at the door: $8 for adults, $5 for students. Read more about the VMB at football games here.

See "The Bard" at SMC on October 18
Please note: the football game on Friday, October 18, is the ONLY time the Viking Marching Band will perform their field show during halftime. So come on out and enjoy the show!
Dinkles Orders Due by Friday
Parents, you have until this Friday, September 6, to order NEW Dinkles for your marcher! Just use this order form. (You can also still get your fan shirts and extra uniform shirts and jackets on this form!)

Extra Rehearsals for Percussion/Front Ensemble
Additional battery and front ensemble rehearsals will be scheduled on Saturdays, time TBD, based on majority availability. Please have your student fill out the Doodle form sent by Mariam Kaddoura.

This Week's Schedule
Tuesday, Sept. 3: AM Rehearsal, 7-8 am
Wednesday, Sept. 4: AM Rehearsal, 7-8:40 am
Thursday, Sept. 5: AM Rehearsal, 7-8 am; Afternoon Rehearsal, 5-8 pm
Friday, Sept. 6: No AM rehearsal. Samohi Varsity Football Game @ SMC, 5:45 pm call time on JAMS lawn; big instruments load after school at Samohi
Saturday, Sept. 7: Optional Gig (section leaders required, other students can earn volunteer hours): Buy Local Health & Fitness Festival, call time 10:15 am at Samohi
Questions? Email the VP of Marching Band, Beth Levy, at
Audition Results
Congratulations to all the students who auditioned for the award-winning Samohi Jazz Bands last Friday. For audition results and rehearsal schedules, click here. Students receive SMC college credit for this dual-enrollment class!

Rehearsals start this Wednesday, September 4. Please email Jazz Band Parent President Lydia Muraro if you have any questions.

Jazz Library Organizing Sept. 7
Please sign up to help organize and clean the jazz library in the band room this Saturday at 1 pm. The more parents and students show up, the faster it will go. Students can get community service hours or restore absences by participating. Sign up here.

Jazz Band Parents Meeting Sept. 16
Join us to learn more about the jazz bands at Samohi — everything from schedules and paperwork to fun stuff like concerts and festivals! The meeting will be in the band room on Monday, September 16, from 6-7 pm.
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