The 2018 Concert Band Invitational Festival is coming soon!
- John Burdett – Azusa Pacific University
- Peter Fournier – U.C. Irvine (Adjunct Professor Emertitus)
- Brian Stone – Santa Monica College
Following is a link to the videos on YouTube. The single link is to a YouTube Playlist of 7 videos. They are all 4K video, so viewers should select the YouTube highest quality their system can play back for highest quality video and sound.
Thanks to Band Dad Robert Moore for the videos!
Click on the desired concert title to buy advance tickets online. Tickets also available at the door.
Tuesday, February 6, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Sunday, January 21, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Tuesday, January 23, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Symphonic Winds, and Viking Marching Band
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!
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
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!
Dear Marching Band families,
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.
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.
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.
For grades 9-12, California offers a high school All-State Vocal Jazz Ensemble, three high school All-State Honor Bands, a high school All-State Jazz Band, a high school All-State Honor String Orchestra, and a high school All-State Honor Full Orchestra that will participate at the CBDA/CASMEC Convention in San Jose, February 15-18, 2018.
Visit the NAfME website for information about honor groups for grades 7-8.
Very Important: All 2018 All-State Band auditions must be uploaded online by your Band Director (Mr. McKeown, Mr. Sakow, or Mr. Whaley). No CDs will be accepted for band auditions.
You must submit your audition recording to your Band Director by Tuesday, November 28th. Your Band Director will submit auditions through the CBDA online system, which will close at 11:59 PM on December 1, 2017.
If your Band Director submits your audition recording to the CBDA or CAJ, there is a $55 student fee to audition. Your Band Director will ask you to pay this fee, after informing you that you have been selected. Those who are selected for an honor ensemble will pay CASMEC a participation fee, which will be approximately $450, due in mid-January. See the Audition information below.
All-State honor ensembles will perform at the California All-State Music Education Conference (CASMEC) in San Jose, February 14-18, 2018.
Please select the scales and materials for the group you will be auditioning for.
Click here for additional information regarding All State Jazz auditions (improvisation, scales, etc and Vocal Jazz Recording Instructions)
**note that there are no scale requirements for harp.
***if you are having issues accessing this because your personal Dropbox account is full, please LOG OUT of Dropbox, then click this link again to access the files
All State Student Information Collection Form – submit this to your Band Director!
All State Vocal Jazz Application – submit the Vocal Jazz online form, but also PRINT and submit it to your Band Director (Etudes and Recording Instructions for Vocal Jazz are with all of the other etudes referenced above)
Middle School Trombone / Euphonium / Tuba players and High School Trombone / Euphonium players: Please see the videos below, made by Amy Bowers, with helpful hints and suggestions regarding successfully navigating your way through the All State audition music.
Band students may pick up ticket order envelopes during all Band class periods.
Come join us at the Samohi Concierto Cafe! We’ll be serving from 6-9:30pm on Tuesday, October 24th outside Barnum Hall. Don’t miss out on fresh tamales, taquitos, rice & beans, salad, cookies and more. Enjoy great food, visit with friends and family and help raise money for the Santa Monica High School Concert Bands.
Please sign up to help out at the cafe the night of the concert, donate specific food items or contribute a few extra dollars. Thank you!