March 17 Winter Guard Show at Valencia High School

Itinerary for Winter Guard Students:

Saturday, March 17, 2018

  • 7:15 am- Call Time at Samohi
  • 9:10 am- Depart Samohi
  • 10 am- Arrive at Valencia High School
  • 10:00 – 10:45 am Check In / Finish makeup and change into costume
  • 10:45 am – Warm Up
  • 11:43 am – Performance Time*
  • 12:00 noon – Pack Up
  • 1:04 pm – Awards
  • 1:40 pm – Depart Valencia HS
  • 2:25 pm – (Approximate) Arrival back at Samohi

*Winter Guard Shows generally run on time, to the minute. Spectators are not permitted to enter the gymnasium while a show is in progress. Please plan to arrive at least 20 minutes prior to the Samohi Performance Time.

Valencia High School
27801 Dickason Drive
Santa Clarita, CA 91355

From the Director:
It might be raining, so please bring umbrellas. Don’t forget to bring water and money for at least one meal. Entrance fee is $10 for spectators.

Juan Gonzalez
Santa Monica HS Winter Guard Director

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 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.

Feb. 10 Winter Guard Show at Azusa High School

Itinerary for Winter Guard Students:

Saturday, February 10, 2018

  • 9:15am- Call Time at Samohi
  • 10am- Depart Samohi
  • 11am- Arrive at Azusa High School
  • 11am-11:40am Check In and change into costume
  • 11:45am-1pm Warm Up
  • 1:21pm Performance Time*
  • 2:10pm Pack Up
  • 2:30pm Depart Azusa HS
  • 3:30pm (Approximate) Arrival back at Samohi

*Winter Guard Shows generally run on time, to the minute. Spectators are not permitted to enter the gymnasium while a show is in progress. Please plan to arrive at least 20 minutes prior to the Samohi Performance Time.

Azusa High School
240 N Cerritos Ave
Azusa, CA 91702

From the Director:
Here is our first show of the year. Please don’t forget to bring water and money for at least 1 meal for the day. There is no scores or awards being give because it is a classification show. Entrance fee is $10 for spectators.
Juan Gonzalez
Santa Monica HS Winter Guard Director

Samohi Band Students Free Tix to B@B

An Invitation from Mr. McKeown:
Band Students,
I hope you will join us as my guest at the 6th annual “Bands at the Broad” benefit concert on Tuesday, February 6th. The concert supports our Concert Band Tour Scholarship Fund.
All current Samohi Band students may enter without purchasing a ticket. Just show your Samohi ID at the Box Office.
This event is a remarkable opportunity for Samohi Band families to enjoy a relatively low-cost performance at The Broad Stage, a state-of-the-art facility housed within a striking, modern architectural landmark.
This year’s concert celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein, featuring some of his best-loved works. The performance also includes portions of the symphonic suite El Olimpo de los Dioses (Gods of Olympus) by Óscar Navarro.
Desserts and beverages are served during Intermission, giving this event a festive “date night” atmosphere. I hope to see you there!
– Mr. McKeown
Bands at the Broad benefit concert
7:00 pm Tuesday, February 6, 2018
The Broad Stage – 1310 11th Street, Santa Monica
General Admission $25 adult | $15 youth/student
Tickets available at the door.
For advance tickets CLICK HERE:  Bands at the Broad Ticket Order Form

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



January 21st Samohi Jazz Bands at Barnum Hall


The Samohi Jazz Bands – Jazz 1, Jazz 2, and Jazz Combos – will perform

Sunday, January 21st from 4:00-6:00 pm

Barnum Hall
600 Olympic Blvd, Santa Monica

CLICK HERE to purchase advance tickets online.

This concert will include a performance with guest artist Bernie Dresel.

Bernie Dresel. Photo By Alex Solca.Bernie Dresel has been one of the busiest studio and live musicians in the world as both a drummer and percussionist. He occupied the coveted drum chair for Grammy Award-winning Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band since its inception in 1999 until 2015. He was also co-writer for Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band Play-Along Series For Drums (as well as the follow-up Volume 2). For 15 years (1992 to 2006), he was the drummer for the multi-Grammy Award-winning Brian Setzer Orchestra, selling close to 4 million records. Modern Drummer magazine’s readers’ poll named Bernie “Best Big Band Drummer” and Drum! Magazine has put him on their list of “53 Drummers Who Made a Difference in the ’90s” as well as honoring him with a Drummie® for Best Big Band Drummer.
Bernie has just released the debut record of his exciting new big band, The BBB featuring Bernie Dresel, entitled Live n’ Bernin’  (available everywhere CDs, vinyl, Blu-Rays, and digital downloads are sold). This group is without question one of the world’s most exciting large jazz ensembles and some have called it the best big band album in decades!  The BBB provides potent testimony to the sheer exhilaration of big band jazz.…intensely and energetically showcasing Bernie’s extraordinary musical and technical drumming talents.
Bernie’s credits with respect to motion picture and television soundtracks represent “A-list” television work such as The SimpsonsFamily Guy, American Dad, and recent movies such as Coco, Planet of the Apes, Spider Man: Homecoming, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Jurassic World, Zootopia, Inside Out, Tomorrowland, Star Trek, Minions, Despicable Me 3, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Star Trek Into Darkness, Star Trek Beyond, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Mission Impossible 3, American Sniper, Batman vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice, Superman: Man Of Steel, Up, The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie, Cars 2, Super 8, Transformers 3, Get On Up, Ratatouille, and many more! You can also see, as well as hear, Bernie on the silver screen in Jersey Boys and the Country Bears. Bernie Dresel’s complete list of movie and television credits is extensive.
In addition to The BBB Featuring Bernie Dresel, Brian Setzer Orchestra, and Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, Bernie has recorded/performed with hundreds of artists from all genres: A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, Maynard Ferguson, Chaka Khan, Andrea Bocelli, Ringo Starr, Brian Wilson, Seth MacFarlane, Dixie Chicks, Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers, LeAnn Rimes, Andy Summers, Brian May, Men At Work, Herb Alpert, David Sanborn, Johnny Mathis, Lou Rawls, Barry Manilow, Eric Idle, Expose, James Taylor, James Brown, Frank Sinatra, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Jack Jones, Little Richard, Dr. John, Albert Lee, Gene Simmons, B.B. King, Patti LaBelle, Luis Miquel, The 5th Dimension, Gwen Stefani, Christina Aguilera, Paula Abdul, Celine Dion, and many others.