The 2018-19 online registration form is now open! Please visit the link below to send us your contact information and fill out important permission slips. Go Vikings!
Book the Samohi Jazz Combo for your party or event, and support the Jazz program!
The combo can consist of anywhere from 3-6 of our top musicians, and is available for parties, bar mitzvahs and other events. Give us your information in the “Contact Us” box below, and someone will get back to you soon.
Join us Sunday, May 6, 2018
for performances by the Samohi Jazz Bands, with Special Guest Artist Eric Marienthal.
Doors Open at 12:00 noon. Performance at 1:00 pm.
VENUE: The Catalina Jazz Club
6725 West Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, CA
One block eat of Highland / Entrance on McCadden Place
Make your reservations today!
Support the Jazz Bands by buying advance tickets here:
The Samohi Jazz Bands – Jazz 1, Jazz 2, and Jazz Combos – will perform
Sunday, January 21st from 4:00-6:00 pm
600 Olympic Blvd, Santa Monica
This concert will include a performance with guest artist Bernie Dresel.
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)
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.
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:
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:
- 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
- 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.
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
Click on the concert title to view and/or download a PDF of an old Samohi Band concert program. We welcome alumni and friends to submit concert programs and yearbook photos. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
2016 Pops Concert
2016 Spring Jazz
2016 Spring Concert
2016 Samohi Wind Ensemble Performance at California All-State Music Education Conference (CASMEC)
2016 Bands at the Broad
2016 Winter Jazz Concert
2016 Winter Concert
2015 Fall Concert
1994 Spring Concert
1993 Spring Concert
1991 Spring Concert
1990 Pops Concert
1957-1958 Band Program Folder