2018 Jerry Herman Awards

We are proud to announce that the Samohi Pit Orchestra for the spring musical was nominated for a 2018 Jerry Herman Award for Best Orchestra under the direction of Terry Sakow. Samohi student Clayton Davis has earned a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his portrayal of Bud Frump.

Each year, the Hollywood Pantages hosts the Jerry Herman High School Musical Theatre Awards with one goal: to constructively support local high school performing arts programs. Both public and private high schools from all over Los Angeles County submit productions for consideration across twelve performance and technical categories:

  • Scenic Design
  • Lighting Design
  • Costume Design
  • Orchestra
  • Ensemble/Chorus
  • Musical Staging/Choreography
  • Musical Direction
  • Technical Crew
  • Supporting Actor
  • Supporting Actress
  • “No Small Parts”
  • Best Production

Click on this text to view the complete list of 2018 nominations


May 25 Pops Concert

Samohi Concert Bands Pops Concert – Friday, May 25 at 6:30 PM in Barnum Hall.

The Samohi Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Symphonic Winds, Wind Symphony, and Wind Ensemble will perform. Musical selections include the Academy award-winning “Remember Me” by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, “My Shot” from the Broadway hit Hamilton, music from The Incredibles, “John Williams Swings!” and more.

Samohi Band students will receive ticket order envelopes at school. Tickets are also available at the door, or at the link below. You may also use the link to order dedications to be printed in the Pops Concert program.

CLICK ON THIS TEXT FOR:  Pops Concert Tickets and Program Dedications – Online Order Form

Families of Band SENIORS:  Don’t forget to submit photos of your student to be printed in the Pops program. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

Oh, Baby!

Senior Photo Deadline for the 2018 Pops Concert is Monday, May 14!

The Samohi Bands have a long-running tradition of including baby & early childhood photos of graduating Seniors in the program for the Pops Concert, the Concert Bands’ final concert of the year. We include baby photos of all Seniors, including Seniors in the Jazz, Marching Band, and Color Guard programs.

Senior Band Families, please send us:

  • One baby/early childhood image of your Senior student. It’s especially fun, if you have a photo related to music or instruments, but any childhood photo will do.
  • One recent photo of your student. Scanned Senior portraits look great, but any photo you like will be fine.

Before you upload photos, please zoom in on them to be sure that the resolution is good. Try to use a photo that is at least 300dpi. The same photos will be displayed in the Senior Slideshow.

Please EMAIL PHOTOS to samohiband@gmail.com

Queridas familias de los los músicos en 12° grado,
El Concierto “Pops” del 25 de mayo es también nuestra noche para celebrar su tiempo con las Bandas de Samohi. Las bandas tienen una larga tradición de incluir fotos de los estudiantes cuando eran bebés o niños pequeños en el programa para el Concierto Pops, el concierto final del año escolar. Incluimos fotos de todos de todos los músicos, los estudiantes en los programas de Jazz, Marching Band y Color Guard incluidos. Por favor use este formulario para subir:

  • Una imagen de su estudiante cuando era bebé (o niño pequeño). Es especialmente divertido, si tiene una foto relacionada con música o instrumentos, pero cualquier foto de la infancia servirá.
  • Una foto reciente de su estudiante. Los escaneados de los retratos para el anuario se ven geniales, pero cualquier foto que te guste estará bien.

Intenta encontrar una foto que sea al menos 300 ppp. Las mismas fotos se mostrarán en el video llevado a la gran pantalla durante el concierto.

Please EMAIL PHOTOS to samohiband@gmail.com

May 1st Band Parent Meeting

We’re meeting on May Day! We hope that you will join us for a meeting of the

Samohi Band Parents Association

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018 at 7:00 PM in the Samohi Band Room*

Agenda Items:

  • Election of BPA Officers for school year 2018-19
  • Potential Wind Ensemble Tour in the Spring of 2019
  • Recognition and Thanks:  Parents of the Band Class of 2018!

*We are awaiting confirmation of the location. Please check this web page for updates.

2018 Kiwanis Music Scholarship Competition

Preliminary Round – May 3rd

The Santa Monica Kiwanis Club Music Scholarship Competition will hold preliminary auditions at Santa Monica High School, after school on Thursday, May 3rd.

Signups for Samohi Band students are posted in the Band Room.

Auditions will be evaluated by adjudicators from outside the district. Accompanists are not required for the Preliminary Round.

kiwanislogoThe Kiwanis Club of Santa Monica has been providing academic scholarships to area youth for 94 years and music awards for 68 years. From current Kiwanis President tony Antich:  “Dick Wagnon, longtime member of the Kiwanis Club and beloved member of the Santa Monica student music community, inspired the music awards and they are carried on in his memory annually.”

Click Here for More Kiwanis Competition Info

Students who are selected to proceed to the Final Round will need to complete an application. A link to the application is provided here, for your convenience. Please do NOT submit applications, until after the Preliminary Round.

SM Kiwanis Club Music Scholarship FINALS – Audition Application

The Final Round of Auditions for High School Band students will take place Thursday, May 10, from 3:30 – 6:00 pm in the Samohi Choir Room. Students competing in the Finals are limited to a 5-minute audition.

May 6 Jazz Concert at The Catalina Jazz Club

Join us Sunday, May 6, 2018

for performances by the Samohi Jazz Bands, with Special Guest Artist Eric Marienthal.

Doors Open at 12:00 noon. Performance at 1:00 pm.

VENUE:  The Catalina Jazz Club
6725 West Sunset BlvdHollywood, CA

One block eat of Highland / Entrance on McCadden Place

Make your reservations today!

(323) 466-2210

Support the Jazz Bands by buying advance tickets here:

Samohi Jazz Bands Online Form

April 21 Samohi Winter Guard at WGASC Championships!

The Samohi Winter Guard is going to Championships!

CLICK HERE for the full Championship Lineup

Itinerary for Winter Guard Students:

Saturday, April 21, 2018

  • 2:00 pm – Call Time at Samohi
  • 2:00-2:30 pm – Pack up; load floor and equipment
  • 2:30 pm – Depart Samohi
  • 4:30 pm – Arrive at Westminster High School
  • 4:40 pm Check In / Finish makeup and change into costume. Try to have most of hair and makeup done before you arrive to the show site.
  • 5:20 pm – Warm Up
  • 6:47 pm – Performance Time*
  • 7:00 – Pack Up and watch the rest of the show
  • 9:58 pm – Awards
  • 11:00 pm – Depart Westminster HS
  • 12:00 midnight – (Approximate) Arrival back at Samohi

*Winter Guard Shows generally run on time, to the minute. Spectators are not permitted to enter the gymnasium while a show is in progress. Please plan to arrive at least 20 minutes prior to the Samohi Performance Time.

Westminster High School
14325 Goldenwest Street
Westminster, CA 92683


From the Director:

Hello Everyone,
This week is our last competition for the winter guard season. Don’t forget to bring water and money for at least 2 meals for the day. Entrance fee is approximately $16 for spectators.

Juan Gonzalez
Santa Monica HS Winter Guard Director