2017 Marching Band Picture Day – REVISED

Dear Marching Band families,

DUE TO POOR AIR QUALITY, Marching Band Picture Day has been moved to Wednesday, December 13th on the Santa Monica Pier. 

FOR STUDENTS:  Please meet near the carousel on the Santa Monica Pier at 7:00 am on Wednesday, December 13th. Wear you hair however you would like it to look in photos. Please bring picture order forms to the Pier. Do not bring order forms to Samohi.

DON’T FORGET YOUR DINKLES!

Front Ensemble members:  If you do not have Dinkles, please contact your instructor Mariam Kaddoura ASAP. There will be Dinkles available for you to borrow on picture day, but we need to know your size!

FOR PARENTS:  Mr. McKeown is making arrangements to bring the musicians’ uniforms to the Pier. He will give the students any other instructions they need. Typically, all group and individual photos are finished in plenty of time for students to walk from the Pier to their first period classes on campus. On December 13th – a Late Start Wednesday – Period 1 class begins at 9:38 am.

If you would like to order photos, please ask your student for the order form from YARY PHOTOGRAPHY. You can pay by cash or check in the envelope. Credit cards are accepted, but you must call at least 48 hours to picture day to get credit card approval.

You may also order photos online at yaryphoto.com. Just click on “PRE-ORDER” at the top of the page, and then use the search bar to search for “Santa Monica.” After you enter your email address, you will see a list of available photo packages. This is a good option, if you are afraid your student will forget to bring the order envelope on Picture Day.

2018 Winter Guard Tryouts – CANCELLED

Dec. 7 Winter Guard auditions have been CANCELLED due to school closure. We will post more information, when it becomes available.

STUDENTS:  Here are 8 reasons you should come to Winter Guard try-outs on THURSDAY, December 7th from 4-6:30pm in the Band Room (M102): DATE TBD

  1. You like to dance: Color Guard students train in a variety of dance styles. Performances may include a mix of ballet, jazz, modern and/or contemporary dance.
  2. You like to throw things: Color Guard students spin, twirl and toss props such as flags, rifles and sabers.
  3. You’ve got a competitive spirit: After marching band season ends, the Samohi Color Guard prepares an indoor show and competes against other high schools in tournaments sponsored by the Winter Guard Association of Southern California.
  4. A big “S” would look good on your jacket: After 3 seasons, Color Guard participants earn a Samohi Varsity letter.
  5. You want an impressive skill to list on college applications: Many colleges & universities are looking for students with Color Guard training. Some of them give annual scholarships or grants to every member of their Color Guards.
  6. You’re exploring alternatives to traditional P.E. classes: Students in the Winter Guard class receive P.E. credit, just like members of Samohi’s athletic teams and Pep Squad.
  7. You have an artistic side: Color Guard students have a hand in designing the backdrops and clothing for their Winter Guard show.
  8. You’re always hungry on Thursday afternoons: At try-outs we’ll provide drinks & snacks!

Winter Guard is taught during Period A. Try-outs are open to all Samohi students. We hope to see you in the Band Room on December 7th! DATE TBD

Barnes & Noble Bookfair Dec. 9-10

Join us Saturday, December 9 and Sunday, December 10 at Barnes & Noble on the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica. Wind, brass, and percussion ensembles will perform.

When you present a voucher or bookfair flyer, Barnes & Noble will contribute a portion of the sale to the Samohi Band program!

STUDENTS – Sign up with Mr. Sakow or Mr. McKeown to perform at the Barnes & Noble store.

PARENTS – We need help wrapping gifts and passing out vouchers on the promenade: Click here to volunteer.

EVERYONE – please share our bookfair flyer! Friends and family can earn contributions for the Band, when they shop in Santa Monica December 9-10 or online December 9-14.

2018 All-Southern Honor Group Audition Times

Did you submit an application to audition for a 2018 All-Southern California Honor Group?

scsboalogocolorAUDITION TIMES HAVE BEEN POSTED FOR All-Southern California Honor Bands, Orchestras, and Jazz Bands.

 

CLICK HERE to check your audition time at your location.

  1. Click on the link above.
  2. Scroll down under the audition date and site you selected:  either December 9, 2017 at Tesoro High School in Rancho Santa Margarita OR December 10, 2017 at Hoover High School in Glendale.
  3. Click on your instrument. If you are auditioning for more than one instrument, be sure to check both audition times.

Chipotle – One Week After Thanksgiving

Join us for dinner one week after Thanksgiving. It’s for a good cause, and we know you’ll be tired of leftovers!

Chipotle Fundraiser

WHEN:  Thursday, November 30th between 5:00 and 9:00 pm.

WHERE:  Chipotle – Downtown Santa Monica – 1218 3rd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401

PLEASE TELL THE CASHIER THAT YOU ARE THERE TO SUPPORT THE SAMOHI BANDS!

Your week after Thanksgiving:

Chipotle_Nov17NOTE:  Santa Monica High School Bands will receive 50% of all proceeds. Click HERE for more information.

We hope to see you there!!!

 

Field Championships Nov. 18 in Downey

The Viking Marching Band & Color Guard are going to Championships!

Saturday, November 18:  SCSBOA Division 4A Field Championships

CLICK HERE for the Samohi Nov. 18 Itinerary

CLICK HERE for the 1A & 4A Lineup

SCSBOA Field Championships (4A Division)
Warren High School – Justice Stadium
8141 De Palma Street
Downey, CA 90241
Spectator tickets:  $12
General parking is located in the “back” parking lot of Warren HS.
The “front” lot off Paramount Blvd is for buses and trailers only.

Important times for families:
9:30 am – Student call time at Samohi
1:30 pm – Buses leave Samohi
7:46 pm – Samohi Step Off Time* at Championships
9:45 pm – Awards Ceremony
10:45 pm – Estimated arrival time at Samohi; all students must help unload the trailer before dismissal, approx. 11:30 pm

STUDENTS:  Please bring a lunch to eat after the morning rehearsal. Dinner will be served at the competition.

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*Marching competitions generally run on time TO THE MINUTE, and spectators are NOT permitted to enter the stadium while a performance is in progress. Please arrive early to take your seat before the performance time.

This Week in Marching Band / Nov. 9 Valencia / Nov. 11 Savanna

Thursday, November 9:  Valencia Field Tournament

Friday, November 10:  Marching Band Rehearsal at Samohi – 3:00 – 5:00 PM

Saturday, November 11:  Savanna Field Tournament

CLICK HERE for the full Nov. 11 Itinerary

41st Annual Savanna Field Tournament
Savanna High School – Glover Stadium
1125 N. La Palma Parkway
Anaheim, CA 92801
Spectator tickets:  $10 Adult / $8 Children

Important times for families:
9:30 am – Student call time at Samohi
1:30 pm – Buses leave Samohi
5:48 pm – Samohi Step Off Time* at the Savanna Field Tournament
10:00 pm – Awards Ceremony
11:30 pm – Estimated arrival time at Samohi; all students must help unload the trailer before dismissal, approx. 12 midnight

STUDENTS:  Please bring a lunch to eat after the morning rehearsal. Dinner will be served at the competition.

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Sunday, November 12:  VMB Volunteer Gig – Aga Khan Foundation Walk|Run, 9:00 AM Call Time

CLICK HERE for more information

*Marching competitions generally run on time TO THE MINUTE, and spectators are NOT permitted to enter the stadium while a performance is in progress. Please arrive early to take your seat before the performance time.

This Week in Marching Band / November 4th Competition in Hacienda Heights

Friday, November 3:  Marching rehearsal from 4:00 – 8:00 pm

Rehearsal Shirt

Students, please set aside a spare clean shirt or do your laundry on Friday night, because you need your Rehearsal Shirt on Saturday.

Saturday, November 4:  The Itinerary for this Saturday’s competition has been released!

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL ITINERARY

 

49th Annual Los Altos HS Field Tournament
Los Altos High School
15325 E. Los Robles Ave.
Hacienda Heights, CA 91745
Spectator tickets:  $10

Important times for families:
9:15 am – Musician / Guard Call Time at Samohi
1:30 pm – Buses leave Samohi

6:00 pm – Samohi Step Off Time* at the Los Altos Field Tournament
9:30 pm – Awards Ceremony

11:30 pm – Estimated arrival time at Samohi; all students must help unload the trailer before dismissal, approx. 12:00 midnight

STUDENTS:  Please bring a lunch to eat after the morning rehearsal. Dinner will be served at the competition.

BRING Lunch.png  Bring it On

*Marching competitions generally run on time TO THE MINUTE, and spectators are NOT permitted to enter the stadium while a performance is in progress. Please arrive early to take your seat before the 6:00 pm performance time.

2017 VMB Volunteer Gigs

Save the Dates

The Viking Marching Band (VMB) will perform at two public events:

Center for Media Design
SMC Center for Media and Design & KCRW Media Center

Grand opening for the Center for Media and Design Campus & KCRW Media Center – Saturday, December 2, 2017 (Band Call Time 9:30 AM)

The grand opening is open to the public, but space is limited. CLICK HERE to read more and reserve your space.

 

 

 

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AKF Walk|Run

The Aga Khan Foundation Walk|Run – Los Angeles at the Santa Monica Pier – Sunday, November 12, 2017 (Band Call Time 9:00 AM)

The VMB will perform at the opening ceremony. Aga Khan Foundation National Walk|Run is a public event to raise unrestricted funds and educate people about global poverty. CLICK HERE for more information.

2018 All-State Honor Band, Orchestra, and Jazz Band Auditions

REVISED:  Auditions for 2018 All-State Honor Ensembles are due by Tuesday, November 28, 2017 – CONTACT YOUR BAND DIRECTOR ASAP, if you want to audition!

For grades 9-12, California offers a high school All-State Vocal Jazz Ensemble, three high school All-State Honor Bands, a high school All-State Jazz Band, a high school All-State Honor String Orchestra, and a high school All-State Honor Full Orchestra that will participate at the CBDA/CASMEC Convention in San Jose, February 15-18, 2018.
Visit the NAfME website for information about honor groups for grades 7-8.

Very Important:  All 2018 All-State Band auditions must be uploaded online by your Band Director (Mr. McKeown, Mr. Sakow, or Mr. Whaley).  No CDs will be accepted for band auditions.

You must submit your audition recording to your Band Director by Tuesday, November 28th. Your Band Director will submit auditions through the CBDA online system, which will close at 11:59 PM on December 1, 2017.

If your Band Director submits your audition recording to the CBDA or CAJ, there is a $55 student fee to audition. Your Band Director will ask you to pay this fee, after informing you that you have been selected. Those who are selected for an honor ensemble will pay CASMEC a participation fee, which will be approximately $450, due in mid-January. See the Audition information below.

All-State honor ensembles will perform at the California All-State Music Education Conference (CASMEC) in San Jose, February 14-18, 2018.

Auditions

Scales and Audition Etudes

Please select the scales and materials for the group you will be auditioning for.

Click here for all of the audition information, scales, and etudes (where applicable)**

Click here for additional information regarding All State Jazz auditions (improvisation, scales, etc and Vocal Jazz Recording Instructions)

**note that there are no scale requirements for harp.
***if you are having issues accessing this because your personal Dropbox account is full, please LOG OUT of Dropbox, then click this link again to access the files

2018 Honor Group Audition Information

Recording Instructions

Concert Bands (High School and Junior High School)
High School Jazz Band
Junior High School Jazz Band

Important Forms

All State Student Information Collection Form submit this to your Band Director!
All State Vocal Jazz Application – submit the Vocal Jazz online form, but also PRINT and submit it to your Band Director (Etudes and Recording Instructions for Vocal Jazz are with all of the other etudes referenced above)

Errata

Click here for the Errata

Audition Help Videos

Middle School Trombone / Euphonium / Tuba players and High School Trombone / Euphonium players:  Please see the videos below, made by Amy Bowers, with helpful hints and suggestions regarding successfully navigating your way through the All State audition music.

HIGH SCHOOL TROMBONE

HIGH SCHOOL BASS TROMBONE

HIGH SCHOOL EUPHONIUM

MIDDLE SCHOOL TROMBONE

MIDDLE SCHOOL EUPHONIUM AND TUBA

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for the FAQ’s