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.

2017 Fall Concert

Fall Concert 2017 WebThe Samohi Bands’ 2017 Fall Concert is Tuesday, October 24th, starting at 7:00 pm  in Barnum Hall on the Samohi campus.

Band students may pick up ticket order envelopes during all Band class periods.

Click here to buy your FALL Concert Tickets online today!

Concierto Cafe-1

Come join us at the Samohi Concierto Cafe! We’ll be serving from 6-9:30pm on Tuesday, October 24th outside Barnum Hall. Don’t miss out on fresh tamales, taquitos, rice & beans, salad, cookies and more. Enjoy great food, visit with friends and family and help raise money for the Santa Monica High School Concert Bands.

Concierto Cafe-2

Band Families:

Please sign up to help out at the cafe the night of the concert, donate specific food items or contribute a few extra dollars. Thank you!

Concierto Cafe Sign Up

2017-18 Tuxedo Rental Recap

Tuxedo fittings took place during Concert Band classes last Friday, October 6th. Here are a few things you might like to know, if you have decided to rent a tuxedo from Elite Tuxedo this school year:

1.  Student Tuxedo Pick-Up Day:

A notice will go out to advise the day that tuxedos will be delivered to Samohi for your student to pick up.  Please have your student try on the garment within 1-2 days of receipt so that in the rare case that it does not fit properly, you may contact Elite Tuxedo directly to make adjustments.  You will need to go to the store to have that done.
Elite Tuxedo is working hard to issue all Band student tuxedos prior to our October 24th Fall Concert.
If your student is performing in the Samohi Bands’ Fall Concert, but indicated “Choir” or “Orchestra” on the rental form, please contact us right away, so that we can inform Elite Tuxedo about our Band deadline!

2.  If your student did not get fitted at Samohi last Friday, but you still want to rent a tuxedo:

You can go to Elite Tuxedo and have the fitting done at their store.  Please call in advance  to make sure that they will be able to meet your timeline for having the finished tuxedo delivered to Samohi. Contact:
Elite Tuxedo 310-474-9090
2074 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles

3.  If your student came to the fitting and:

a. Provided payment, but did not have a completed rental form,
b. Did not provide payment for the rental, or
c. Provided a check payment but did not provide a credit card guarantee for the return of the tuxedo, then your rental will not be processed!
In order to secure your rental,

You will need to download the Elite Tuxedo Order Form.

You must complete the top part of the form (Student Name and contact information), and the rental agreement at the bottom of the form. Your card will not be charged, unless you indicate that you want to pay by credit card.
To pay by credit card:  You may submit your order form to Elite Tuxedo via email at Call Elite at 310-474-9090 to confirm that your tuxedo will be ready when you need it. Since your student already had a fitting, Elite will have the measurements at their shop.
To pay by cash or check:  You may deliver your completed form with payment to Elite Tuxedo at 2074 Westwood Blvd. You must fill out the credit card guarantee portion of the form. Your card will not be charged, if you return all pieces of the tuxedo at the end of the school year (date TBA). Since your student already had a fitting, Elite will have the measurements at their shop.
Once again, here is a link to the:  Elite Tuxedo Order Form

4.  Lost & Found:  

Two sweatshirts were left in the room – A gray Abercrombie and a blue Dodgers sweatshirt. (See the image above in this post.) If they are yours, please go to the Orchestra Office to claim it by October 13th.

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


Concert Attire | Traje para conciertos

In order to perform with the group, Samohi Concert Band students are required to wear EITHER

  • a tuxedo, a black suit, or black pants and black jacket with a white button-down dress shirt – OR –
  • an approved Concert Band Black Dress

See suit and dress images below.


Tuxedos and suits can be purchased for less than $100 from JC Penny, Amazon and other discounted Men’s stores. Tuxedos can also be rented for the year from Elite Tuxedo, which will fit students during all Concert Band class periods on a date to be announced in class and by email. Elite will alter the suits and/or exchange tux sizes throughout the year at no extra charge. Elite Tuxedo formal wear prices and order forms can be found at our website “Forms” Page. Printed forms will be available in the Band Room shortly before the tuxedo fitting day.

Band Formal Wear

Black Concert Dress

If you wish to purchase a new Concert Dress, there are four available styles. If you would like to borrow a dress, we will try to lend you the style you want, but most of our loaner dresses are in the long-sleeve “Style A”. Fittings to determine your student’s size take place during all Concert Band class periods on a date to be announced in class. Dress order forms are available on our website “Forms” Page.

Black Dress Descriptions.jpg

Para participar con el grupo en los conciertos, se requiere que los estudiantes de las Bandas de Samohi usen  – O

  • un esmoquin, ó un traje negro, ó pantalón y saco negro con camisa abotonada blanca – O –
  • un Vestido Negro Aprobado

La faja “cummerbund” es opcional.


Los esmóquines y trajes se pueden comprar por menos de $100 en JC Penny, Amazon y otras tiendas de descuento de ropa de hombre. También se pueden alquilar los esmoquínes anualmente a través de Elite Tuxedo. Pruebas para determinar los tamaños de los estudiantes serán durante todas las clases de Banda de Concierto, en una fecha que será anunciada pronto. Elite ajusta los esmoquínes y/ó intercambia tallas de esmoquínes durante el año sin gasto adicional. Usted puede encontrar la lista de precios y los formularios (en español) para alquilar los esmoquínes por internet en nuestra página web en la pestaña “Forms.” Formularios impresos estarán disponibles antes de que el día de las pruebas.

Vestido Negro Aprobado

Si usted desea comprar un nuevo vestido de concierto, hay cuatro estilos disponibles. Si desea pedir prestado un vestido, intentaremos prestarle el estilo que usted quiere, pero la mayor parte de nuestros vestidos de préstamo están en el “Estilo A” de manga larga. Pruebas para determinar los tamaños de los estudiantes serán durante todas las clases de Banda de Concierto. Usted puede comprar los vestidos por internet en nuestra página web en la pestaña “Forms.”

“Letter from Home” Acknowledgment

Composer/arranger Brian Belski’s transcription of “Letter from Home” by Aaron Copland was recently published by Hal Leonard Corp./Boosey & Hawkes, with the following acknowledgment at the top:
Transcription premiered by the Santa Monica High School Wind Ensemble, Kevin McKeown, Director / at the 2016 California State Music Educators’ Convention with Travis J. Cross, Guest Conductor
From SMMUSD’s Visual & Performing Arts Coordinator, Tom Whaley:
“The significance is that a new band arrangement is that the arrangement for Aaron Copland’s (one of America’s greatest composers) “Letter from Home” was premiered at the 2016 California All-State Music Education Conference and has been published by Hal Leonard/Boosey & Hawkes. The written dedication by the arranger and publishing companies is very special, as it acknowledges the Samohi Wind Ensemble’s participation in this endeavor.
Most arrangements, especially at this level of difficulty are premiered by college/university ensembles. There are only a handful of Wind ensembles in the nation that could perform this piece and perform it at such a high level. There are VERY few HIGH SCHOOL Wind Ensembles that could perform it and debut it at the Statewide Music Conference in 2016. The students and their director, Kevin McKeown were also able to provide their input to the arranger in order to make final edits to the piece. Every ensemble that orders the piece through Hal Leonard, the biggest name in educational music publishing, will read the message at the top of the piece crediting the 2016 Samohi Wind Ensemble.”

Letter From Home

Why Donate to the Bands?

Stuff and Staff:

In Santa Monica, we are fortunate to have a school district that supports the arts. At the high school level, SMMUSD provides funding for two full time Band directors, partial funding for Color Guard instruction, and a small stipend for Instructional Aide in Band classrooms for a few hours per week.

The Samohi Band Parents Association (BPA) seeks donations and raises funds to supplement what the district provides, so that the program can continue to provide the highest quality music education to our students.

You may have heard the expression “Stuff vs. Staff” in relation to fundraising at SMMUSD schools.* For the Samohi Band program, the Barents Association (BPA) pays for the following:

The Samohi “Symphonic Winds” show off their new music folders.


  • Music folders – Some classes got new folders this year!
  • Music stands
  • Sheet music royalty/rental fees
  • Photocopies (the BPA paid 1/3 the cost to purchase a photocopier used by the Samohi Band, Choir and Orchestra directors)
  • Band Room lockers and related supplies
  • New instrument purchases
  • School-owned instrument repairs and supplies
  • Concert programs
  • Student awards
  • Concert, Marching, and Jazz festival entry fees
  • Marching Band & Guard uniforms and supplies

and Staff

  • Full-time percussion instructor for all 5 Concert Band classes
  • Jazz Band II instructor
  • Concert Band festival adjudicators/clinicians
  • Partial funding for the Color Guard Caption Head & Color Guard Tech
  • Marching Band Percussion Caption Head & Percussion Tech
  • Marching Band Visual Caption Head & 2 Visual Techs
  • Miscellaneous Concert and Jazz Band Clinicians

On average, the BPA spends $250 per pupil per year on the Concert Band program, and $750 per pupil per year on students enrolled in Marching Band or Color Guard. We hope that you will consider contributing to our 2017-18 Direct Donation campaign.

Thank you for supporting the Samohi Bands!

*RE: “Stuff and Staff” in SMMUSD:  In general, the PTAs raise funds for necessary “stuff” such as supplies, books and equipment at school sites, while your donations to the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation fund additional staff and programs at each school. For the Samohi Band program, the BPA pays both.

Band Homework – Register Now!

A message from Band Parent Association President Richard Krop:

Welcome to the 2017-2018 Samohi Bands!

Dear Samohi Band Musicians and Families,

Welcome to the Samohi Band 2017-18 season. The and Parents Association and the Band Directors Kevin McKeown and Terry Sakow are looking forward to sharing amazing performances with Band families & friends in the upcoming year. The officers of the Band Parent Organization “SMAPA-Samohi Bands” are already hard at work planning events. To those musicians and families who are entering the Band program for the first time, we extend a special welcome.

To be sure that you receive calendar updates and performance call times throughout the year, please register your contact information with us using the “2017-18 All-Bands Registration Form.”

These forms are a Concert Band homework assignment to be completed by Friday, September 8 for a pass/fail grade. Please complete these forms online. Parents may fill out the form with the help of a volunteer at our Band Parent potluck on Tuesday. If you have difficulty with the online form, printed forms are available from Mr. McKeown and Mr. Sakow. Students may return all donations, purchases, student permission forms and other forms to the directors.

If you have already registered with the Marching Band, you do NOT need to register again online.

The Band Parent Association will kick of the year with a meeting next Tuesday, September 5, at the Moose Lodge. This is a great chance to meet your fellow parents and discuss the upcoming year. This is a potluck, please go to this sign up link today!

For more information about travel, and for the answers to any questions about concert formal wear, concert tickets or anything else related to the Bands, please attend our next meeting on Tuesday September 5 at 7pm at the Moose Lodge.
Thank you for your support!
Richard A. Krop
President, SMAPA-Samohi Bands