2019 Wind Ensemble Tour – Passports

ATTENTION: Students and potential chaperones attending the Wind Ensemble Tour in Rome, Italy – April 6-13, 2019:

In order to participate in this tour, you must have a passport that is valid until at least October 14, 2019.

If you are a U.S. citizen you MUST leave and enter the U.S. as a citizen; i.e., even if you are a citizen of another country, you can not legally use your foreign passport to pass through U.S. immigration.

If your passport expires on or after October 14, 2019, please click on the link below to submit a scan of your passport. The travel agent requires this scan, in order to book the flights for you:

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT A PHOTO OR SCAN OF YOUR PASSPORT TO SAMOHI BAND

If your passport expires before October 14, 2019, please follow the instructions below to renew your passport, or to obtain a new one.

First-Time Passports OR Replacement Passports for applicants who were under age 16 at the time their last passport was issued:

Step 1: Start Early – Gather Documents

Apply for your passport several months before your trip. First-time applicants, minors, and applicants who were under age 16 at the time their last passport was issued must submit their passport application at an authorized Acceptance Facility (see below). The U.S. State Department website explains what you’ll need to bring with you. Here is a summary of the documents you will need:

  1. Application forms (unsigned)
  2. Proof of identity document and a photocopy of the front and back
  3. Acceptable forms of identification include an existing passport, naturalization certificate, driver’s license, military ID card or other current government-issued ID. A photocopy of the identity documents also must accompany the passport application.
  4. Proof of U.S. Citizenship:
  • Birth Certificate showing birth in the US – This must be an original or certified copy of the long-form certificate showing your parents names, issued by the municipality in which you were born. Hospital-issued birth certificates are not accepted. You can acquire a certified copy of your birth certificate from the Office of Vital Statistics in the location of your birth or through VitalChek.com
  • Previous US Passport – Both valid and expired passports may be used. If your appearance has changed significantly since your passport was issued, you may need to submit a different form of proof of US citizenship.
  • US Naturalization Certificate – Original or certified copy.
  • Consular Record of Birth Abroad – If you were born overseas to a US parent, you can submit an original Consular Record of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240) or Certification of Report of Birth (Form DS-1350).

     5. Passport fees – LINK to current fees

 

Step 2: Prepare Your Application Package

  1. Visit the U.S. Department of State website to learn how to apply for a passport and what documents you need.
  2. Complete your Form DS-11 Application for U.S. Passport on the State Department website.
  3. Print your completed application.
  4. DO NOT SIGN YOUR APPLICATION. Your signature must be witnessed by a representative of the Acceptance Facility where you submit your application.
  5. Have a passport photo taken.
    NOTE: Many drug stores (Rite Aid, CVS) and Passport Service offices can take your photo. If you plan to have your photo taken at the time of your passport application, call or check the site’s website before your appointment, to confirm whether or not your Passport Service office takes photos.
  6. Photocopy your proof of identity and U.S. Citizenship documents.
  7. Calculate your fees – LINK to current fees
  8. Call or check the website of your Acceptance Facility, to learn what forms of payment they accept for their fees.
  9. Prepare payment for State Department fees. State Department fees are mailed with your application. You can pay with a personal, certified, cashier’s, traveler’s check, or money order, payable to “U.S. Department of State.”

 

Step 3: Find a Passport Application Acceptance Facility – 2 Suggestions:

  1. The Santa Monica City Clerk’s Office is an authorized United States Passport Acceptance Facility. This is an especially convenient location for Samohi Students. The City Clerk’s Office is located inside City Hall, 1685 Main St, Santa Monica. Passport Service hours are BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Click on the link below for more information:

Santa Monica City Clerk – Passport Acceptance Facility

  1. United States Post Offices have set hours for passport services. MANY REQUIRE AN APPOINTMENT. Use the “Find USPS Locations” tool to find the nearest Post Office offering passport services. Here are the instructions:
  • Go to: Find USPS Locations
  • Select Passports from Location Types.
  • Enter a ZIP Code™ or address.
  • Select a mileage range.
  • Click Refine search to select services such as walk-in, appointment, or photos.
  • Click “Search.”

 

Special Requirements:  Passports for Minors Under 16

Passport applications for children under 16 have special requirements:

  • Both parents/guardians must authorize the issuance of a child’s passport. The best way to give consent is for both parents/guardians to go with the child when applying.
  • Children need evidence of citizenship.
  • Parents/guardians need proof of parental relationship.
  • NOTE: Children’s passports are valid for only 5 years.
  • Click here for the U.S. State Department instructions on how to apply for a passport for children under 16:  Apply for a Passport – Children Under 16 

Marching Band Info from Mr. McKeown

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Kevin McKeown, Director of Band­s­­
June 22nd, 2018

Dear Marching Band Parents:

With the end of the school year comes the beginning of summer and the anticipation of our exciting upcoming marching band season! Our upcoming 4th of July mini-camp is crucial to getting a good head start for our fall season, and student attendance and participation is vital. We will have three practices in preparation for our 4th of July parade performance on Main Street:

Friday, June 29th (1-4 p.m.)
Monday, July 2nd (1-4 p.m.)
Tuesday, July 3rd (1-4 p.m.)

(All rehearsals are in the band room, M102)

Students should wear comfortable clothes for the weather, hat, sunscreen, water, etc. Athletic shoes only, no open toed shoes/sandals/flip flops. If students cannot participate due to family vacation that is understandable, but we believe if your child is in town, and is available to be there, they should be there! (We will try our best to accommodate students in need of instruments during that time.)

Color Guard rehearsals for the summer (including the preparation for the 4th of July parade) are:

July 2nd and 3rd
4pm-9pm

July 16th and 17th
4pm-9pm

(No rehearsal on June 29th for Color Guard members)

Percussion students will be meeting every Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. (Front Ensemble will meet 2 hours only between those hours. Please contact Mariam Kaddoura for more information: mkaddoura@smmusd.org)

We will also spend some time with our musicians on our season’s competitive field show, “Wonderland,” inspired by the classic tale of Alice in Wonderland. The music features the unlikely and effective combination of composer Dmitri Shostakovich and Pink Floyd’s The Wall.

Band Camp this year will be from August 6th-10th and August 13th-17th from 12-8 pm – the two weeks leading into the beginning of the school year. Attendance for Band Camp is absolutely mandatory. Please do not schedule family vacations during these two weeks. Band Camp is the time when we start to establish technique and begin to learn our field show. In order to set the tone and ensure our students’ success, we need full participation from all!

If your child will be missing a significant part of camp they will most likely begin the school year and season as a marching “alternate”, meaning they will not be put into the show design until they learn the skill set that we are teaching during band camp. This does not exclude them from any activities, just that they may have less time “on the field” during the competitions. They will participate to the fullest of their abilities with the marching band.

Registration for the 2018 marching season will begin on June 29th.

The cost of Marching Band Camp is $250 per student* (plus a $500 donation for the season to cover our costs, including the competitive tournaments, Disneyland, UCLA Band Day, etc.). This insures that we can cover the costs of our show design, coaching, props, transportation, and more. The online registration form includes links to several options for submitting your contributions, including a monthly pay plan to help with the financial request.

CLICK HERE for a direct link to the 2018 Registration Form (opens June 29th)

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at komckeown@smmusd.org or our instructional assistant, Mariam Kaddoura, at mkaddoura@smmusd.org.

Welcome! Let’s have another great season, Samohi “Viking” Marching Band!

Kind regards,

Kevin O. McKeown,
Director of Bands
Santa Monica H.S.

*Families that contribute towards the cost of Band Camp will receive a letter acknowledging their contribution as a donation to the Band program.

2018-2019 Concert Band Placements

Dear Samohi Students and Parents,

Below you will find the concert band lists for the upcoming year.  It’s a challenging endeavor to place close to three hundred students, so please be respectful of the decisions made by our directors.  Incoming students should recognize that most of them will be placed in one of our three younger ensembles (out of the five).  This is the beginning of your journey here at Samohi, and know that we are proud of all our groups. (You are joining one of the strongest programs in the State of California!)

Parents, please be respectful to the placements as we do not accept re-auditions. It is a real challenge to our administration setting up so many schedules, so please be supportive.  Again, students are placed in each ensemble based on their ability level, the articulations we receive from the music teachers, and the need for a balanced instrumentation in our groups. Some times, but not often, there are opportunities to “move up” within the semester (if the schedules allow it), so if your are interested in being in a more challenging ensemble, just keep working!

MARCHING BAND/COLOR GUARD: Anyone interested in marching band is able to participate.  Your audition for the concert band allows you the opportunity to join the Samohi “Viking” Marching Band.  If you let me know that you were planning on participating, expect an email from me early next week about the summer schedule. If you did not tell me that you wanted to be in marching band but now would like to, just let me know via email: komckeown@smmusd.org

Band Placements go from youngest to most advanced: Concert Band, Concert Band II (Symphonic Band), Concert Band III (Symphonic Winds), Concert Band IV (Wind Symphony), Wind Ensemble.  Students are labeled by STUDENT ID #.

If you do not see your ID# below please contact me immediately at komckeown@smmusd.org and I will let you know where you are placed. (PLEASE, do not request another audition or ask how to make it into a more advanced group at this time.)

Congratulations again, Vikings! We are so proud of our band program at Samohi, and look forward to seeing the new groups in the fall!

Best,

Kevin McKeown

Director of Bands, Santa Monica High School

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June 5 UCLA Brass Ensemble Performance in Barnum Hall

TUESDAY, JUNE 5th – UCLA BRASS ENSEMBLE VISITS!

The UCLA Brass Ensemble will play for 3rd period band during the second hour of their final exam (11:30 a.m., in Barnum Hall).

Any students (including seniors!) that finish their finals early and can be released from their classes to watch the group should definitely attend.

The group is led by Jens Lindemann, one of the top trumpet performers in the world and a former member of the legendary CANADIAN BRASS.

Calendar Update: Graduation Music Rehearsal

Musicians:

If you are performing with the Bands at Samohi Graduation on Thursday, there will be

REHEARSAL on Wednesday, June 6 from 1:15 – 3:15 PM in the Band Room

Period 4 Wind Ensemble, Period 2 Wind Symphony, and Period 1 Symphonic Winds will meet in the band room to review all the pre-ceremony, processional, and recessional music for our graduating class of 2018! (Mandatory rehearsal – last grade of the semester.)

THURSDAY – GRADUATION INFORMATION: Wristbands will be handed out at the Wednesday rehearsal to gain access to campus. 3:30 Call time (FIRM – Do Not Be Late! Pad your time…early is on time!) I would estimate an ending time of around 6:30 p.m. All percussionists and anyone who can help will be expected to move instruments prior and after the event.

What to wear: White on top, black on bottom (Try to dress as formal as possible.) Music should be in a binder with binder sheets, or hole punched. We will provide binder clips, but if you can bring a few as well that would be helpful.

Break a leg!

2018 Tuxedo and Dress Returns

Rental Tuxes and Borrowed Dress Returns:

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If you rented a tuxedo from Elite Tuxedo, please bring all 5 pieces (jacket, pants, white shirt, tie and cummerbund)  – inside the garment bag – to school by Friday, June 1st.
There will be a rack for you to hang your tuxedo in the Band Room.
If you do not return your rental tuxedo to Samohi on June 1st, you must return your tuxedo to Elite Tuxedo at 2074 Westwood Blvd in Westwood, (310) 474-9090; otherwise Elite Tuxedo will charge your credit card for missing garments.
 
If you are performing with the Samohi Bands at the graduation ceremony on Thursday, June 7th:
The Bands request that musicians wear either black slacks with a white shirt, a tie, and black socks with dress shoes, or all-black ladies’ concert attire (dresses, dress slacks, or skirts with black tops and black shoes).

If you borrowed a Concert Black Gown from the Samohi Bands,
You may KEEP it until you leave the Band program!
We hope this saves you the work of hemming the dress every year.
If this is your last year in Concert Band, please bring your borrowed dress to school by Friday, June 1st
Hang your dress on the rack in the Band Room.
We also accept donations of gently used dresses in the 4 approved Samohi Concert Band styles.

If you borrowed “Dinkles” marching shoes, please bring them to school by Friday, June 1st. There are brown paper bags in the Band Room (against the wall, near Mr. McKeown’s door) for you to return your shoes.
Please do not keep Dinkles over the summer. They are like textbooks:  we take inventory every summer, so that we can prepare for the new season.
We also accept donations of gently used Dinkles from Seniors who bought marching shoes.

2018 Grad Nite Soda Pop Drive

Every year, the Samohi Grad Nite Committee reaches out to parent groups like the Band Parents Association, the Orchestra Parents Association, and other booster clubs to help them gather the supplies needed for Grad Nite. Scroll down for more information about Samohi Grad Nite.

The Samohi Band Parents Association has been asked to provide 180 two-liter bottles of soda pop for the Grad Nite ring toss game.

Students toss rings onto the bottles of soda. Winners may collect their preferred soda at the end of the night.

To contribute to the 2018 Grad Nite Soda Pop Drive, click on the “BUY NOW” text below to buy six (6) bottles of soda. Your contribution will be recorded as a donation the Samohi Band program.

Update:  3:30 PM on Tuesday, June 5th – GOAL ATTAINED –

THANKS, EVERYONE!

Here’s how many bottles have been purchased so far (updated once daily):

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Santa Monica High School’s Grad Nite is one of the city’s most elaborate events:  an all-night party of thoroughly extravagant proportions thrown each June exclusively for the graduating class by the parents, district teachers, staff, local businesses and community.

The rite of passage for graduates involves taking a cruise to the destination of their choice – without ever leaving campus. Grad Nite is drug and alcohol-free graduation party that keeps our students safe, sober and alive on what is statistically the most dangerous night of their lives. Over the last 28 years, we have kept over 14,000 students safe and sober averaging 85 – 95% attendance.