2018-2019 Concert Band Placements

Dear Samohi Students and Parents,

Below you will find the concert band lists for the upcoming year.  It’s a challenging endeavor to place close to three hundred students, so please be respectful of the decisions made by our directors.  Incoming students should recognize that most of them will be placed in one of our three younger ensembles (out of the five).  This is the beginning of your journey here at Samohi, and know that we are proud of all our groups. (You are joining one of the strongest programs in the State of California!)

Parents, please be respectful to the placements as we do not accept re-auditions. It is a real challenge to our administration setting up so many schedules, so please be supportive.  Again, students are placed in each ensemble based on their ability level, the articulations we receive from the music teachers, and the need for a balanced instrumentation in our groups. Some times, but not often, there are opportunities to “move up” within the semester (if the schedules allow it), so if your are interested in being in a more challenging ensemble, just keep working!

MARCHING BAND/COLOR GUARD: Anyone interested in marching band is able to participate.  Your audition for the concert band allows you the opportunity to join the Samohi “Viking” Marching Band.  If you let me know that you were planning on participating, expect an email from me early next week about the summer schedule. If you did not tell me that you wanted to be in marching band but now would like to, just let me know via email: komckeown@smmusd.org

Band Placements go from youngest to most advanced: Concert Band, Concert Band II (Symphonic Band), Concert Band III (Symphonic Winds), Concert Band IV (Wind Symphony), Wind Ensemble.  Students are labeled by STUDENT ID #.

If you do not see your ID# below please contact me immediately at komckeown@smmusd.org and I will let you know where you are placed. (PLEASE, do not request another audition or ask how to make it into a more advanced group at this time.)

Congratulations again, Vikings! We are so proud of our band program at Samohi, and look forward to seeing the new groups in the fall!

Best,

Kevin McKeown

Director of Bands, Santa Monica High School

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June 5 UCLA Brass Ensemble Performance in Barnum Hall

TUESDAY, JUNE 5th – UCLA BRASS ENSEMBLE VISITS!

The UCLA Brass Ensemble will play for 3rd period band during the second hour of their final exam (11:30 a.m., in Barnum Hall).

Any students (including seniors!) that finish their finals early and can be released from their classes to watch the group should definitely attend.

The group is led by Jens Lindemann, one of the top trumpet performers in the world and a former member of the legendary CANADIAN BRASS.

Calendar Update: Graduation Music Rehearsal

Musicians:

If you are performing with the Bands at Samohi Graduation on Thursday, there will be

REHEARSAL on Wednesday, June 6 from 1:15 – 3:15 PM in the Band Room

Period 4 Wind Ensemble, Period 2 Wind Symphony, and Period 1 Symphonic Winds will meet in the band room to review all the pre-ceremony, processional, and recessional music for our graduating class of 2018! (Mandatory rehearsal – last grade of the semester.)

THURSDAY – GRADUATION INFORMATION: Wristbands will be handed out at the Wednesday rehearsal to gain access to campus. 3:30 Call time (FIRM – Do Not Be Late! Pad your time…early is on time!) I would estimate an ending time of around 6:30 p.m. All percussionists and anyone who can help will be expected to move instruments prior and after the event.

What to wear: White on top, black on bottom (Try to dress as formal as possible.) Music should be in a binder with binder sheets, or hole punched. We will provide binder clips, but if you can bring a few as well that would be helpful.

Break a leg!

2018 Tuxedo and Dress Returns

Rental Tuxes and Borrowed Dress Returns:

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If you rented a tuxedo from Elite Tuxedo, please bring all 5 pieces (jacket, pants, white shirt, tie and cummerbund)  – inside the garment bag – to school by Friday, June 1st.
There will be a rack for you to hang your tuxedo in the Band Room.
If you do not return your rental tuxedo to Samohi on June 1st, you must return your tuxedo to Elite Tuxedo at 2074 Westwood Blvd in Westwood, (310) 474-9090; otherwise Elite Tuxedo will charge your credit card for missing garments.
 
If you are performing with the Samohi Bands at the graduation ceremony on Thursday, June 7th:
The Bands request that musicians wear either black slacks with a white shirt, a tie, and black socks with dress shoes, or all-black ladies’ concert attire (dresses, dress slacks, or skirts with black tops and black shoes).

If you borrowed a Concert Black Gown from the Samohi Bands,
You may KEEP it until you leave the Band program!
We hope this saves you the work of hemming the dress every year.
If this is your last year in Concert Band, please bring your borrowed dress to school by Friday, June 1st
Hang your dress on the rack in the Band Room.
We also accept donations of gently used dresses in the 4 approved Samohi Concert Band styles.

If you borrowed “Dinkles” marching shoes, please bring them to school by Friday, June 1st. There are brown paper bags in the Band Room (against the wall, near Mr. McKeown’s door) for you to return your shoes.
Please do not keep Dinkles over the summer. They are like textbooks:  we take inventory every summer, so that we can prepare for the new season.
We also accept donations of gently used Dinkles from Seniors who bought marching shoes.

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.