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Registration Due August 31
Online registration using our Samohi Bands Online Registration Form is mandatory for all students. This is a homework assignment due by August 31, 2018. Families that registered for Marching Band do NOT need to complete the form again for Concert or Jazz Band.

The registration asks for a direct donation of $250 per concert band student. Your generous donation helps cover the cost of paying sectional instructors, buying and maintaining instruments, acquiring sheet music, and more.

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. Any amount you can give is welcome!

Band Parents Meeting Tuesday, Sept. 4
Save the date! The first meeting for all parents of students in Concert, Marching, and/or Jazz Bands is set for Tuesday, September 4, from 6:30-7:50 pm in the Band Room.

Join us to meet the directors and learn about:
– Band Communications (Facebook/Email/Website)
– Fundraising & Volunteering
– Concert Band (Concerts & Formal Wear)
– Pit Orchestra for the Spring Musical

At 8:00 pm, following the general meeting, there will be a meeting for parents of students in the Wind Ensemble to discuss the 2019 Rome Tour.

2018-19 Band Performances
Mark your calendars: Here are all the concert band performances for the year. Each family-friendly concert starts at 7 pm, with food available for purchase at the Concert Café starting at 6 pm and during intermission. Tickets are general admission and available at the door; you can also pre-order them online or by using the order form that comes home with your student a few weeks before each concert.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 30: Fall Concert
  • Tuesday, Jan. 15: Winter Concert (Periods 1, 3, 5)
  • TBD Winter: Jazz Band Concert
  • Tuesday, Feb. 5 (tentative): Bands at the Broad (Periods 2 & 4)
  • Tuesday, Apr. 2: Spring Concert
  • Tuesday, May 21: Pops Concert

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

Concert Café
Please consider contributing to the Concert Café with your food and/or your time! Signups will go out a few weeks before each concert. It’s easy to drop off your musician for an early call time, bring in a dish, and help set up or serve. If you would like to help with concerts, including Concert Café, please contact Karen Wise, VP of Concert Bands, at
Philharmonic Orchestra Auditions
All interested wind, brass, and percussion musicians are invited to audition for the Samohi Philharmonic Orchestra! Auditions begin Thursday, August 30. Students should visit the orchestra room to sign up. Audition requirements include CBDA scales, a prepared solo of the student’s choice, and sight-reading.

Band students who also participate in orchestra get a full grade and rehearse every Wednesday from 5-7 pm. Students who were in Phil last year do not need to audition again to get in, but will audition for seat placement. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Aiello at

Competitive Performance Opportunities
At the request of band parents, we have compiled a list of opportunities for students in grades 9-12 to participate in music competitions outside Samohi, including All-State and All-Southern. See all opportunities and deadlines on the Samohi Band page.


Auditions for Jazz Bands Next Wednesday
On Wednesday, August 29, auditions for the award-winning Samohi Jazz Bands will be held in the Band Room from 3:30-5:30 pm. For more information about requirements for the audition, click here. Students receive free SMC college credit for this dual-enrollment class!


Marching Band season is well underway, and the students are working hard on their “Wonderland” field show, which they will bring to competitions on the following dates:

October 20: Baldwin Park High School * October 27: Simi Valley High School * November 3: Ramona High School * November 8: Valencia High School * November 10: Savanna High School

Football Games
If you would like to see the band play pep squad at a football game, here are the dates of the Samohi home games. All are at 7 pm at SMC’s Corsair field on Friday nights; tickets are cash-only at the door:

September 7 vs. South HS * September 14 vs. Newport Harbor HS * October 5 vs. Hawthorne HS * October 19 vs. Beverly HS (Homecoming) * October 26 vs. El Segundo HS (Senior Night)

In October, the Marching Band will perform “Wonderland” on Corsair Field at halftime. We’ll let you know when the date is finalized so you can come support the Viking Marching Band!

Marching band parents interested in volunteering, click here. Questions? Email the VP of Marching Band, Yunilda Esquivel, at


Rome Tour – April 6-13, 2019
We hope all of our Wind Ensemble students are getting excited for Rome! Even though the trip happens next spring break, there are several items that need your attention right away. Please read the Rome Tour letter to learn more about the trip, and complete the Commitment Form and return to Mr. McKeown no later than September 4th. The first tour payment of at least $500 is also due by September 4th, so please review the Payment Form for more details on making your payment. We have a large payment due to the tour company by September 1st, so we would love to collect as many payments online as we can by the end of August!


Calling all bilingual community members!
We could really use some help getting the band communications translated into Spanish. If you think you could volunteer any time doing this – or if you know of any excellent Spanish immersion students at Samohi who could use the volunteer hours – please send an email to Clare Haygood at

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