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.


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