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.

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.

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2017 Marching Band Picture Day – REVISED

Dear Marching Band families,

DUE TO POOR AIR QUALITY, Marching Band Picture Day has been moved to Wednesday, December 13th on the Santa Monica Pier. 

FOR STUDENTS:  Please meet near the carousel on the Santa Monica Pier at 7:00 am on Wednesday, December 13th. Wear you hair however you would like it to look in photos. Please bring picture order forms to the Pier. Do not bring order forms to Samohi.

DON’T FORGET YOUR DINKLES!

Front Ensemble members:  If you do not have Dinkles, please contact your instructor Mariam Kaddoura ASAP. There will be Dinkles available for you to borrow on picture day, but we need to know your size!

FOR PARENTS:  Mr. McKeown is making arrangements to bring the musicians’ uniforms to the Pier. He will give the students any other instructions they need. Typically, all group and individual photos are finished in plenty of time for students to walk from the Pier to their first period classes on campus. On December 13th – a Late Start Wednesday – Period 1 class begins at 9:38 am.

If you would like to order photos, please ask your student for the order form from YARY PHOTOGRAPHY. You can pay by cash or check in the envelope. Credit cards are accepted, but you must call at least 48 hours to picture day to get credit card approval.

You may also order photos online at yaryphoto.com. Just click on “PRE-ORDER” at the top of the page, and then use the search bar to search for “Santa Monica.” After you enter your email address, you will see a list of available photo packages. This is a good option, if you are afraid your student will forget to bring the order envelope on Picture Day.

2018 Winter Guard Tryouts – CANCELLED

Dec. 7 Winter Guard auditions have been CANCELLED due to school closure. We will post more information, when it becomes available.

STUDENTS:  Here are 8 reasons you should come to Winter Guard try-outs on THURSDAY, December 7th from 4-6:30pm in the Band Room (M102): DATE TBD

  1. You like to dance: Color Guard students train in a variety of dance styles. Performances may include a mix of ballet, jazz, modern and/or contemporary dance.
  2. You like to throw things: Color Guard students spin, twirl and toss props such as flags, rifles and sabers.
  3. You’ve got a competitive spirit: After marching band season ends, the Samohi Color Guard prepares an indoor show and competes against other high schools in tournaments sponsored by the Winter Guard Association of Southern California.
  4. A big “S” would look good on your jacket: After 3 seasons, Color Guard participants earn a Samohi Varsity letter.
  5. You want an impressive skill to list on college applications: Many colleges & universities are looking for students with Color Guard training. Some of them give annual scholarships or grants to every member of their Color Guards.
  6. You’re exploring alternatives to traditional P.E. classes: Students in the Winter Guard class receive P.E. credit, just like members of Samohi’s athletic teams and Pep Squad.
  7. You have an artistic side: Color Guard students have a hand in designing the backdrops and clothing for their Winter Guard show.
  8. You’re always hungry on Thursday afternoons: At try-outs we’ll provide drinks & snacks!

Winter Guard is taught during Period A. Try-outs are open to all Samohi students. We hope to see you in the Band Room on December 7th! DATE TBD

Barnes & Noble Bookfair Dec. 9-10

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.

Field Championships Nov. 18 in Downey

The Viking Marching Band & Color Guard are going to Championships!

Saturday, November 18:  SCSBOA Division 4A Field Championships

CLICK HERE for the Samohi Nov. 18 Itinerary

CLICK HERE for the 1A & 4A Lineup

SCSBOA Field Championships (4A Division)
Warren High School – Justice Stadium
8141 De Palma Street
Downey, CA 90241
Spectator tickets:  $12
General parking is located in the “back” parking lot of Warren HS.
The “front” lot off Paramount Blvd is for buses and trailers only.

Important times for families:
9:30 am – Student call time at Samohi
1:30 pm – Buses leave Samohi
7:46 pm – Samohi Step Off Time* at Championships
9:45 pm – Awards Ceremony
10:45 pm – Estimated arrival time at Samohi; all students must help unload the trailer before dismissal, approx. 11:30 pm

STUDENTS:  Please bring a lunch to eat after the morning rehearsal. Dinner will be served at the competition.

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*Marching competitions generally run on time TO THE MINUTE, and spectators are NOT permitted to enter the stadium while a performance is in progress. Please arrive early to take your seat before the performance time.

This Week in Marching Band / Nov. 9 Valencia / Nov. 11 Savanna

Thursday, November 9:  Valencia Field Tournament

Friday, November 10:  Marching Band Rehearsal at Samohi – 3:00 – 5:00 PM

Saturday, November 11:  Savanna Field Tournament

CLICK HERE for the full Nov. 11 Itinerary

41st Annual Savanna Field Tournament
Savanna High School – Glover Stadium
1125 N. La Palma Parkway
Anaheim, CA 92801
Spectator tickets:  $10 Adult / $8 Children

Important times for families:
9:30 am – Student call time at Samohi
1:30 pm – Buses leave Samohi
5:48 pm – Samohi Step Off Time* at the Savanna Field Tournament
10:00 pm – Awards Ceremony
11:30 pm – Estimated arrival time at Samohi; all students must help unload the trailer before dismissal, approx. 12 midnight

STUDENTS:  Please bring a lunch to eat after the morning rehearsal. Dinner will be served at the competition.

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Sunday, November 12:  VMB Volunteer Gig – Aga Khan Foundation Walk|Run, 9:00 AM Call Time

CLICK HERE for more information

*Marching competitions generally run on time TO THE MINUTE, and spectators are NOT permitted to enter the stadium while a performance is in progress. Please arrive early to take your seat before the performance time.

This Week in Marching Band / November 4th Competition in Hacienda Heights

Friday, November 3:  Marching rehearsal from 4:00 – 8:00 pm

Rehearsal Shirt

Students, please set aside a spare clean shirt or do your laundry on Friday night, because you need your Rehearsal Shirt on Saturday.

Saturday, November 4:  The Itinerary for this Saturday’s competition has been released!

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL ITINERARY

 

49th Annual Los Altos HS Field Tournament
Los Altos High School
15325 E. Los Robles Ave.
Hacienda Heights, CA 91745
Spectator tickets:  $10

Important times for families:
9:15 am – Musician / Guard Call Time at Samohi
1:30 pm – Buses leave Samohi

6:00 pm – Samohi Step Off Time* at the Los Altos Field Tournament
9:30 pm – Awards Ceremony

11:30 pm – Estimated arrival time at Samohi; all students must help unload the trailer before dismissal, approx. 12:00 midnight

STUDENTS:  Please bring a lunch to eat after the morning rehearsal. Dinner will be served at the competition.

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*Marching competitions generally run on time TO THE MINUTE, and spectators are NOT permitted to enter the stadium while a performance is in progress. Please arrive early to take your seat before the 6:00 pm performance time.