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.

2018 Concert Band Invitational Festival

The 2018 Concert Band Invitational Festival is coming soon!

This is when our students perform some of the most challenging band literature of the entire year. All 5 of our Samohi Concert Bands will perform and receive constructive feedback from adjudicators. 10 visiting ensembles from other schools will be our guests at Samohi.
Family and friends are welcome to attend the performances in Barnum Hall.
Click on the link below for a preview of festival performance times. Note that four of our Samohi ensembles will perform after school (after 3:00 PM). Students will need their concert attire for the performances:
This Festival will be adjudicated by guest judges who are both outstanding educators and exceptional musicians. Here are links to bios for the 3 adjudicators:
We need parent help at the welcome desk in Barnum Hall, to bring snacks for the judges, and to monitor the Band Room.
Students who want to volunteer at the festival should contact Mr. Sakow. Otherwise, Samohi Band students report to Barnum Hall to watch other bands perform during their regular Concert Band class periods.

Jan. 24 Concert Ensemble Picture Day

say cheese copyOn Wednesday, January 24, 2018,

White’s Studios will take group photos of all Samohi concert ensembles. Photos will be taken during concert band class periods. If your student is also in a Samohi Orchestra class, please contact the Orchestras for information about when and where your group photo will be taken.

Students must bring or wear their concert formal wear to school on Jan. 24th.

The photographers will set up a small space for individual portraits. Students should let the photographer know early in the class period, if they want individual photos!

CLICK HERE to download the order form for group and/or individual photos.

On the order form, next to “Group/Sport,” write your student’s concert band name: Symphonic Winds, Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, or Concert Band

Band Parent Meeting January 9, 2018

We welcome all parents/guardians of current Samohi Band students to join us for a recap  of Fall 2017 events and information about 2018 concerts and fundraisers. This is for parents of students enrolled in any of our classes – Concert, Marching, or Jazz Band. We hope to see you there!

Samohi Band Parents Association Meeting
Tuesday, January 9 at 7:00 pm in the Band Room (M102)

Airmen of Note 2017

Great news! During the school day on Tuesday, September 26th, all Samohi concert band students will have the opportunity to attend a clinic & performance by the Airmen of Note, the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force.

Band Directors Kevin McKeown & Terry Sakow have submitted permission slips for concert band students who miss other classes to attend the performance. Click on the link below to read more about:

Airmen of Note


Calendar Update – Wind Ensemble

The Samohi Wind Ensemble has been selected to participate in the UCLA Wind Ensemble Invitational,

Friday, February 23, 2018.

Outstanding high school bands from southern and central California perform on the iconic stage of UCLA’s Royce Hall and receive feedback from some of the foremost wind band musicians in the world. The festival concludes with a performance by the UCLA Wind Ensemble.

This and other calendar updates can be found on our Calendar page.

All Bands Parents Welcome!


Tuesday, September 5, 2017  |  Martes, 5 de septiembre del 2017

7:00 – 9:00 pm
Moose Lodge
1600 Ocean Park Blvd Santa Monica 90405



Please sign up to bring food.   |   Por favor, avisanos de que comida se puede traer.


Helpful Hints   |   Sugerencias útiles

1. Bring money to buy soda, beer and mixed drinks. Bar purchases benefit our hosts, the Moose Lodge.

Llevar dinero para comprar refrescos, cerveza y rebids mezcladas. Las compras en el bar benefician a nuestros anfitriones, el Moose Lodge.

2. Parking is available in the lot at the Moose Lodge and all along Ocean Park and near JAMS. Please read all street signs before parking in the surrounding neighborhood!

El aparcamiento está disponible en el lote del Moose Lodge. Se puede aparcar en la calle Ocean Park y alrededor de la escuela JAMS. ¡Atento a los síntomas antes de aparcar en el barrio!

3. Transportation options include carpooling, Big Blue Bus #8, biking, Lyft, Uber

Sugerimos uso compartido del coche, Ruta 8 del Big Blue Bus, montar en bicicleta, Lyft y Uber.


7:00-7:30 dinner and informal conversation (teacher or parent leader at each table)

– cena, introducciones informales y conversacíon (un miembro de la facultad y/o lider del asociacion de padres estara en cada mesa)

7:30-8:15 information session: everything you need to know (that your kid won’t tell you)

– Sesion informativo: todo lo que debe saber (que su hijo olvidera de contarle)

8:15 PRIZE DRAWING (must be present to win – band logowear, special opportunities and grand prize of speciallty basket donated by Lares restaurant!)

– SORTEO (tiene que ser presente para ganar: ropa, oportunidades especialies y canasta especial donado por Restaurant Lares!

8:30 breakouts into special interests for questions, answers, signup for different parent activities, etc., logowear orders, donations, etc.

– conversaciones especificas, preguntas, solicitacion de voluntarios, oportunidades de comprar ropa comemorativa, donaciones, etc.

9:00 Cleanup

2017 Marching Parent Welcome Letter

Welcome back, parents!
¡Bienvenidos de vuelta, papás!

Para leer este mensaje es español, haga click aquí.

We’re excited for the 2017-2018 Viking Band season. Please read through for important information regarding student registrations, our annual parent meeting, volunteers sign ups and our upcoming Band Camp.

Viking Marching Band Camp Registration
We’re are at the countdown for Marching Band Camp. If you haven’t yet, make sure to register your student using our Online Registration Form. Be sure to print and sign the Off Campus Permission and Photo Release Form. (The online form will also direct you to sign this form.) If you have trouble with the links in this email, all forms are available on our website http://www.samohiband.com; click on Forms/Band Family Information.

Band Camp will be held in the Samohi Band Room and Athletic Field on August 7th – 11th and August 14th – 18th, 2017 from 12 noon to 8 pm.

This year’s camp cost of $250 per student for the two weeks of instruction is due at the beginning of camp, and is part of the estimated $750 per pupil cost of one year in the marching band. Your generous contribution helps cover the costs of training, outfitting and equipping the students all year long, beginning with Band Camp and ending with the Fourth of July Parade.

All students are able to participate in all aspects of the program regardless of their ability to contribute financially. Scholarships are available; please contact Mr. McKeown directly for more information.

Attending Band Camp
Band Camp is an important and MANDATORY part of Marching Band and Color Guard class. Students who miss any portion of Band Camp are subject to reassignment to alternate (understudy) positions within the Band. Students should contact Mr. Mckeown (komckeown@smmusd.org) if they are to miss any part of Band Camp.

During camp students should come prepared to work outside several hours a day. All students must:

  • Bring a 1 gallon thermos with ice water with their name on it. It’s going to be hot! Right now, Vons has 1-gallon Coleman jugs on sale for $6.99. Similar jugs are available at sporting goods stores and online, like this Coleman jug on Amazon.
  • Wear comfortable, closed-toed shoes. Any suitable for PE class is appropriate for camp.
  • Wear comfortable clothing for warm weather, and bring layers for cooler temperatures in the evening.
  • Bring a 1”- 1.5” binder, a pencil and 25 sheet protectors.
  • Don’t forget the water.
  • Wear sunblock and bring extra to reapply during the day.
  • Bring sunglasses. There are times when students will be rehearsing facing west at sunset.
  • Bring snacks for brief breaks.
  • Have a plan for dinner break. Students are allowed to go off campus during the dinner break. Parents must make arrangements ahead of time as food is not provided, either leave food with their student, or give them permission and money to go off campus. Most students prefer to eat at local restaurants, (Subway, El Pollo Loco, Dominos, etc). Students may go off campus ONLY when paired with another student or in a group.
  • Did we mention water? Seriously, water fountains in Samohi are few and far between. Each student should bring AT LEAST 1 gallon of water and refill their thermos as needed. Student should keep their water thermos at all times.

Annual Marching Band Parents Meeting & Potluck
Per tradition, we’ll have our marching band parents’ potluck on the last day of Band Camp, this year also combined with our parents meeting and a teaser reveal of the 2017-2018 show.

Mark your calendar for early arrival on Friday August 18th at 5.30 p.m., followed by our potluck at 6.p.m. Make sure to sign up for dishes here:

Sign up for Marching Band Potluck

Volunteers Needed during Band Camp
We need parents to come help us during marching band camp to sort through the over one hundred uniforms we have. We fit all students to their new season uniforms, clean up our inventory, do repairs, and set each student up with all they need for the new competition season.
For dates and times sign up here:

Sign up to help with uniforms during Band Camp

Many thanks to Mudita Bahadur, Natalie DiMundo, Alma Ruiz, Ana Vazquez, and Jackson Weill for washing the marching band pants!

Welcome to the 2017-18 Marching Band Season!

How to stay informed
Marching Band hits the ground running! Here are a few suggestions to help you stay in the loop:
1) You may subscribe to the Samohi Band Google Calendar by clicking SUBSCRIBE HERE (works with Google Calendar and iCal).
We are also working on a printable one-page Band Calendar (subject to change).

2) Bookmark our NEW Samohi Bands website http://www.samohiband.com, which keeps reminders and all important information with easy searching options.

3) Like the Samohi Band’s Facebook page where we post regular updates and announcements: Samohi Band on Facebook

Reach out to us!
Mr. Kevin McKeown is our Director of Bands <komckeown@smmusd.org>. You can also send us an email to samohiband@gmail.com. Yunilda Esquivel is taking over as VP of Marching Band and can be reached at yunilda+samo@gmail.com if you’re interested on learning about volunteering opportunities, donations and sharing other parents interests.

We look forward seeing your students at Band Camp and all our parents at our parents’ meeting on August 18th.

Go Vikings!