From Mr. McKeown:  This year’s competitive field show, Paint it Black, features the music of Beethoven and the Rolling Stones. The show concept is still a work in progress, but we do know that it will center around a visual and aural association of sound & color. Some of our students played through the “book” last semester and it got a strong vote of confidence from our outgoing seniors, so we are really excited to share it with our community!

Important competition dates to put in your calendar include:

October 23rd (Saturday): Baldwin Park Field Tournament at Baldwin Park High School, 3900 N. Puente Ave, Baldwin Park, CA 91706

October 30th (Saturday): Simi Valley Band Spectacular at Simi Valley High School, 5400 Cochran Street, Simi Valley, CA 93063

November 6th (Saturday): TBD

November 13th (Saturday): Savanna High School Field Tournament at Glover Stadium, 1125 N. La Palma Parkway, Anaheim, CA 92801

November 20th (Saturday): SCSBOA Field Show Championships (location TBD)*

Each year, the Viking Marching Band and Color Guard (VMB) competes with bands from all over Southern California in field-show tournaments (competitions/comps) adjudicated by the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA).

We anticipate to be either a 4A or 5A division band this year, meaning our shows will be performed in the evening.  These mandatory comp dates are all day events for the students, so please do not plan anything during those days. We are excited to share the efforts of the 2021-22 Samohi Viking Marching Band and hope to see all the families at all of the field tournaments!

If you would like to see your child perform and cheer on the Samohi Viking Marching Band, you are very welcome to come out to the comps on your own. There are varying entrance fees for each venue. Make sure you arrive at least 30 minutes prior to Samohi’s start time – give yourself time to find parking and seats.

And please remember, no matter how late you stay at a comp, you will not be leaving with your student. They always go home on the bus, and you will meet them in the Samohi parking lot at around 11 pm or 12 am.

A championships grid will be maintained and made available on the SCSBOA website for ensembles to track their placement. The grid will consist of all groups, separated by division, attempting to qualify for championships; all show dates that qualify for championships; all scores received by the groups listed; and a running tally of the combination of the three highest scores obtained by each group.

The top 12 ensembles in each division are invited to perform at the SCSBOA Field Show Championships on Saturday, November 20th. We expect the VMB to be there.

Go Vikings!

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