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Founded in 1915, the Samohi band program has grown to encompass five concert band classes that meet during school and perform four times a year, plus several additional ensembles, including:

SamohiMarchingBand-cmykViking Marching Band (fall only) — AM class conferring PE credit, with after-school rehearsals, football games, and Saturday comps. Read more.

SamohiBand-2Jazz Band (yearlong) — Two ensembles conferring dual credit through SMC, with two regular performances each year. Read more.

Theatre Logo CircleTheatre Pit Orchestra (late fall/spring) — After-school ensemble conferring class credit (starting in 2020) and performing during Samohi’s spring musical each year. Read more.

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Winter Guard (spring only) – AM class conferring PE credit, with Saturday competitions in the spring.

Support the Bands

While the basic costs of the Santa Monica High School Bands are covered by the school district, many crucial aspects of our program — including additional instructors, instruments, and supplies — are funded through the Samohi Band Parents Association (BPA), a 501(c) nonprofit operating under the umbrella of the Santa Monica Arts Parents Association. The BPA is funded by parents like you, who help us keep the arts alive and well in our schools. Read more about what your generous donations pay for — and donate to the Samohi Band program today!