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.

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 Spring Concert

2018 Spring Concert PosterSamohi Concert Bands Spring Concert

Friday, April 13 at 7:00 PM

The Samohi Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Symphonic Winds, Wind Symphony, and Wind Ensemble will perform. Musical selections include John Mackey’s “Foundry” and “This Cruel Moon.”

Samohi Band students should have received ticket order envelopes at school. Tickets are also available at the door, or at the link below:

Samohi Band Spring Concert Tickets – Online Order Form


2018 Concert Band Festival Schedule

We hope that you can join us for some of the performances on Thursday, March 22 in Barnum Hall.

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Visitors to campus should know that our campus entrances have changed to better serve our community both on and off campus.
Please plan you trip accordingly.

6th & Olympic
The primary gate on campus will be the 6th and Olympic gate, located on the north side of campus. It is open ALMOST all day with a security officer to sign in visitors. We will allow limited on-campus parking near the north end of the tennis courts, on a first come, first served basis. Other visitors may park at the lot near the Civic Center and walk to the gate. The gate will BE CLOSED FROM 12:40PM – 1:05PM for lunch supervision.

7th & Michigan
7th and Michigan gate will be open for pedestrians before school until 9:15AM and then at 12:30 – 1:15PM, and again from 2:00PM onward.

4th Street
The 4th Street gate will be open in the morning until 8:25AM, then again at 2:00PM to allow students to exit and again at 3:16 for dismissal.

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.

2018 SMMUSD Solo & Small Ensemble Festival

Sunday, April 15 – Solo / Ensemble Festival Hosted by the Samohi Orchestras

Please plan on arriving at the SMC Performing Arts Center at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled performance time. 

The 2018 SMMUSD Solo & Small Ensemble Festival takes place Sunday, April 15th. The event is open to all 6th – 12th grade Band or Orchestra students attending schools that are part of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District.

Solos must be classical in nature. The festival also welcomes students that wish to play classical music in a small ensemble:  duets, trios, quartets, quintets, etc.  Students are encouraged to ask their private instructors or Band/Orchestra directors for help selecting an appropriate festival piece.

Students will perform before an adjudicator for feedback and a rating, and will receive certificates. Samohi students:  Add festivals to your Samohi Brag Sheets on Naviance. Samohi Orchestra Seniors:  Please contact the Orchestras for information about the coincident Senior Gala performance competition.

How to Sign Up (2018 deadline has PASSED):

Solo and Small Ensemble Application Form

Where to go:

The festival takes place in the classrooms and practice rooms of the SMC Performing Arts Center & Music Academy (formerly the Madison Campus), on Santa Monica Boulevard at 11th Street in Santa Monica. Parking is free. Musicians should arrive at least ½ hour early for check-in and warm-up.

The festival is hosted by the Santa Monica High School Orchestras. Contact Mr. Jason Aiello, if you have any questions about your performance.


Please plan on arriving at SMC at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled performance time.  Upon arriving at SMC, locate the registration table in the main hallway.  This is where you need to check-in and find your room assignment.  There will be practice rooms available for you to unpack, tune, and warm-up.  You should be waiting outside of your assigned classroom five minutes prior to your performance time.

Score for Adjudicator:

Each student provide an original score for the adjudicator to follow during the performance.  Students may play from a photocopy, but the judge needs an original.  If you have purchased a score online and printed, please include your receipt as proof of purchase.  If you have a printed score or material that is in the public domain (IMSLP), please bind the score so that there are no loose individual pages.  Side stapling (along the left edge) or corner stapling allows pages to be turned without getting out of order.  With a public domain score, a cover letter should include a screenshot or complete printed page of the work’s status in regard to its public access (see example below):

A good rule of thumb is anything published in 1923 or later is still under copyright.

Also, please remember to number the measures on both the score and individual parts.  This will make the short time the adjudicator has to work with the performers more meaningful and efficient.  Scores will be returned to registration after your performance.

Samohi Seniors who are auditioning to perform at Senior Gala should bring two copies of their score since they will be performing for two judges.


All of the performances are open to the public; family and friends are welcome to attend.

Below are excerpts from “Solo and Ensemble Practice and Performance Tips” by Johanna Beth Sennett, contributing writer for Read the full article HERE.

Stage Presence:

Never tell us with your facial expression or body language that something went wrong. Don’t forget to wear your smile. You are happy to be offering your performance, no matter where or when. Be positive and make it your best. Let your hard work be the firm ground you can plant your feet in and the music will flow.


Look the part of a performer. One should not be over-dressed or over-made-up for an audition or competition. You should be comfortable and have ease of movement. You are offering something special and therefore, should look respectable (not overly trendy either), neat and clean. Have respect for yourself as a performer and respect for your audience and or judge. Keep it simple, elegant and comfortable.

On a side note, don’t forget to sleep and eat well before your performance dates. If you are not fresh and nourished, you may not have the energy to concentrate and give your best performance.

One Last Thought:

Savor each moment of your performance and try to get your ego out of the way. Enjoy the privilege and pleasure of giving the gift of music to the world. Every performance, no matter how big or small, long-planned for or spontaneous is an opportunity to discover music and who you are as a musician. Be positive and have fun! This spirit of positive thinking is a must. You are the best person to be playing this piece at this moment – now make it so!

Wind Ensemble at 2018 UCLA Wind Ensemble Invitational

The Samohi Wind Ensemble performance at UCLA’s Royce Hall, plus a clinic and (time permitted) a campus tour and lunch will happen this Friday.

STUDENTS – Please arrive at the Samohi Campus, dressed in your concert formal wear, no later than 6:30 AM. Please meet rest of the band with your instrument at the Main Gate at 7th and Michigan. If you need to get your instrument from the band room please pad the time enough to get it quickly and head up to the gate. You will need to bring money for lunch, or bring a sacked lunch if you prefer. We will be leaving from UCLA around 1 p.m. and will be expected to return to school.

**If you need to return earlier to return to school you will only be released to a parent that day. You can be excused right after our clinic which should conclude around 9 a.m.

PARENTS Please consider hearing our set at 8 a.m. at historic Royce Hall! The performance is free and we are the first to perform.

Feb. 6 Bands at the Broad Silent Auction

Our 6th annual BANDS AT THE BROAD fundraiser is TOMORROW, on Tuesday, February 6, 2018. Tickets available at the door, or CLICK HERE TO BUY ADVANCE TICKETS

Please bring School ID to the Box Office

Check out some of the fabulous offerings at our


  • Up to 4 consecutive nights in a Pioneertown Desert Cottage, nestled against a rock mountain about 20 minutes away from Joshua Tree National Park
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  • Dodgers Tickets – 2 loge level Dodger tickets with preferred parking!
  • Signed Movie Posters – The Drop (James Gandolfini’s last film) poster signed by author Dennis Lehane, and posters signed by the casts of Suicide Squad, Storks, and Ninjago!
  • 3 Hours Private Tutoring at 310Tutors on Wilshire Blvd – All subjects offered except Latin and economics.
  • Youth Guitar Lessons at Boulevard Music – (For ages 9-14) 8 weeks of group sessions, including some of those current songs they can’t wait to play!
  • Birthday party at Santa Monica Playhouse – up to 10 kids!
  • Dinner and Drinks for Two at Felix Trattoria in Venice, named “The Best New Restaurant in America” 2017 by Esquire Magazine.
  • $100 Gift Certificate to Local Kitchen + Wine Bar on Ocean Park Blvd.
  • Custom-Made Cake – $200 value!
  • Sea Glass Necklace by local artist Annie O’Roarke of Pali Bay Sea Glass – Natural Zircon necklace with Peruvian Opal highlights featuring a lovely sea foam piece of Pacific Ocean Beach Glass
  • Hand-Made Ceramics by local artist Liz Comay of Comay Studios Ceramics – Serving plate with carved rim and 4 shades of brown glaze; bowl with a double-edged decorative rim and 4 shades of brown glaze.
  • Custom-Made Orthotic Devices from The Santa Monica Podiatry Group – Everyone can benefit from these custom-made orthotic devices in your shoes (dress or athletic) to help give your feet the exact support that they need.
  • Acupuncture Session with Dr. Bon H. Cho, L.Ac.
  • Circuit Training Fitness Classes at Circuit Works in Santa Monica – 2 weeks free
  • Private Gyrotonic Session at Movement Center LA – one 60-minute session
  • Haircut and Blow Dry at Salon D5 on Lincoln Blvd
  • Artisan Silk Scarf from the world-famous L’Atelier de Soierie workshop in Lyon. 100% silk, made in France.