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

Deadline for applications – Thursday, March 22

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 (online form):

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.

Below are excerpts from “Solo and Ensemble Practice and Performance Tips” by Johanna Beth Sennett, contributing writer for banddirector.com. 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.

Jazz, Winter, and Broad Stage Concert Tickets

Click on the desired concert title to buy advance tickets online. Tickets also available at the door.

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Samohi Bands at the Broad

Tuesday, February 6, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Wind Symphony
Wind Ensemble



Parents:  CLICK HERE to contribute an item for our Silent Auction





Jazz Concert featuring guest artist Bernie Dresel

Sunday, January 21, 4:00 – 6:00 pm




2018 Winter Concert


Samohi Bands Winter Concert

Tuesday, January 23, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Symphonic Winds, and Viking Marching Band



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)

2018 Winter Concert to Feature Theatre Organ

We hope that you will join us for the Samohi Bands Winter Concert on Tuesday, January 23, at 7:00 pm in Barnum Hall. The Samohi Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Symphonic Winds, and Viking Marching Band will perform. (These are students from Band class periods A, 1, 3, and 5.)

Click here to purchase advance tickets online.

The Winter Concert repertoire includes works by John Stewart, Robert Sheldon, David Shaffer, Karl L. King, and John Williams, as well as J.S. Bach’s iconic Toccata and Fugue in D minor on the mighty Barnum Hall Theatre Organ!

The Barnum Hall organ is a 1921 Wurlitzer Theatre Organ, a 3 manual organ with 19 ranks of pipes and a full set of percussion instruments. This fine instrument was assembled, restored, and donated by Mr. Gordon Belt, after the school’s original, smaller organ was destroyed during the 1994 Northridge Earthquake. Mr. Belt has been an enthusiastic promoter of the theatre organ, an instrument originally developed to accompany silent films in the 1920s.