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.


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.

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.

2018 All-State Honor Band, Orchestra, and Jazz Band Auditions

REVISED:  Auditions for 2018 All-State Honor Ensembles are due by Tuesday, November 28, 2017 – CONTACT YOUR BAND DIRECTOR ASAP, if you want to audition!

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.


Scales and Audition Etudes

Please select the scales and materials for the group you will be auditioning for.

Click here for all of the audition information, scales, and etudes (where applicable)**

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

2018 Honor Group Audition Information

Recording Instructions

Concert Bands (High School and Junior High School)
High School Jazz Band
Junior High School Jazz Band

Important Forms

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)


Click here for the Errata

Audition Help Videos

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.






Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for the FAQ’s

2017 Fall Concert

Fall Concert 2017 WebThe Samohi Bands’ 2017 Fall Concert is Tuesday, October 24th, starting at 7:00 pm  in Barnum Hall on the Samohi campus.

Band students may pick up ticket order envelopes during all Band class periods.

Click here to buy your FALL Concert Tickets online today!

Concierto Cafe-1

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.

Concierto Cafe-2

Band Families:

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!

Concierto Cafe Sign Up

2017-18 Tuxedo Rental Recap

Tuxedo fittings took place during Concert Band classes last Friday, October 6th. Here are a few things you might like to know, if you have decided to rent a tuxedo from Elite Tuxedo this school year:

1.  Student Tuxedo Pick-Up Day:

A notice will go out to advise the day that tuxedos will be delivered to Samohi for your student to pick up.  Please have your student try on the garment within 1-2 days of receipt so that in the rare case that it does not fit properly, you may contact Elite Tuxedo directly to make adjustments.  You will need to go to the store to have that done.
Elite Tuxedo is working hard to issue all Band student tuxedos prior to our October 24th Fall Concert.
If your student is performing in the Samohi Bands’ Fall Concert, but indicated “Choir” or “Orchestra” on the rental form, please contact us right away, so that we can inform Elite Tuxedo about our Band deadline!

2.  If your student did not get fitted at Samohi last Friday, but you still want to rent a tuxedo:

You can go to Elite Tuxedo and have the fitting done at their store.  Please call in advance  to make sure that they will be able to meet your timeline for having the finished tuxedo delivered to Samohi. Contact:
Elite Tuxedo 310-474-9090
2074 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles

3.  If your student came to the fitting and:

a. Provided payment, but did not have a completed rental form,
b. Did not provide payment for the rental, or
c. Provided a check payment but did not provide a credit card guarantee for the return of the tuxedo, then your rental will not be processed!
In order to secure your rental,

You will need to download the Elite Tuxedo Order Form.

You must complete the top part of the form (Student Name and contact information), and the rental agreement at the bottom of the form. Your card will not be charged, unless you indicate that you want to pay by credit card.
To pay by credit card:  You may submit your order form to Elite Tuxedo via email at info@elitetuxedo.com. Call Elite at 310-474-9090 to confirm that your tuxedo will be ready when you need it. Since your student already had a fitting, Elite will have the measurements at their shop.
To pay by cash or check:  You may deliver your completed form with payment to Elite Tuxedo at 2074 Westwood Blvd. You must fill out the credit card guarantee portion of the form. Your card will not be charged, if you return all pieces of the tuxedo at the end of the school year (date TBA). Since your student already had a fitting, Elite will have the measurements at their shop.
Once again, here is a link to the:  Elite Tuxedo Order Form

4.  Lost & Found:  

Two sweatshirts were left in the room – A gray Abercrombie and a blue Dodgers sweatshirt. (See the image above in this post.) If they are yours, please go to the Orchestra Office to claim it by October 13th.

Viking Marching Band 2018 Comp Season Kick Off

Dear Parents,

Our Viking Marching Band and Color Guard Season is kicking off on October 21st at the West Ranch Field Show in Valencia. We hope you’re as excited as our kids and coaching team who have been working so hard for months on this year’s show, EMPOWER!

This year’s registration for parent volunteers and chaperones is now officially open!. From building props to helping with food runs, there’s an opportunity for all parents to support the Viking Band on this year’s effort. You can see open positions and dates available here.

Bus chaperones and Viking Village volunteers are required to have Level II Volunteer Clearance. Make sure your status is current before signing up. You can find instructions to get your clearances here.

For more in depth of the Bus Chaperones roles check this online description, for questions you may contact Lisa Proft at theprofts@hotmail.com

Aside from signing up for volunteering, you can prepare for Marching Band season buying our new EMPOWER! fan t-shirt or gray hoodie. All proceeds benefits the Viking Marching Band. Look for our merchandise booth at SMC football games.

Finally, more great news to share: we are 60% funded for our Marching Band season! We still have ways to go so please consider making a donation if you haven’t already.

Your generous contributions furnish instruments, coaches, uniforms, music arrangements, props and logistics welfare for ALL band members, supporting the Viking Band and the Color Guard from Band Camp in August to the Santa Monica 4th of July Parade. You may pledge a one time donation or a monthly contribution in our website. On behalf of our kids, we thank you.

Do you have questions? Send us a line

Yunilda Pacchioni-Esquivel – VP of Marching Band at yunilda+samo@gmail.com
Kevin McKeown – Director of Bands at komckeown@smmusd.org

Many thanks for all you support!

Stay in the loop!

Sign up for our mobile calendar.
Join our Parent’s Facebook Group
Check our band photos, and feel free to add your own!

October 3rd BPA Meeting

To parents of students in all Concert, Marching, and Jazz Bands:

There will be a meeting of the Samohi Band Parents Association on Tuesday, October 3rd at 7:00 pm in the Band Room (M102).

We have a lot of information to share about the busy month of October:  2 football game performances, 2 marching competitions, and a CONCERT featuring all 5 concert bands!

[CLICK HERE for a printable one-page Band Event Calendar]

There will also be Band logo merchandise for sale, including the new Marching Band “Empower” field show t-shirt.

We hope to see you there.


Band Parent Community

Dear Band Parents,

Many thanks to the parents who attended our first Band Parents Association meeting and potluck last night. Special thanks to those who brought food or drinks to share, and to Cydney Kirschbaum and Karen Wise for orchestrating the event.

If you are interested in reading more about some of our parent volunteer positions, please visit the PARENTS page on our website, http://www.samohiband.com.

Throughout the school year, you can read news relating to your students’ band classes through through mass emails (like this one), and by visiting the website samohiband.com. If you think you missed an email, scroll to the bottom of the home page and use the “SEARCH POSTS” window to enter key words.

To our Facebook friends:
Looking for more Band interaction? In addition to our official Facebook Page, we have a new Samohi Band Family Facebook Group, where you can ask questions, post photos, or just shoot the breeze. For an invitation to join the new closed group, visit the LINK, or send an email to samohiband@gmail.com. The Band Family Group is open exclusively to the teachers and parents of students currently enrolled in Samohi Band classes:  Concert Band, Jazz Band, Marching Band, and/or Color Guard.

If you ever have any questions or need any advice, don’t hesitate to touch base with us.


The volunteers of the Samohi Band Parents Association

Queridos padres de las bandas,

Muchas gracias a los padres que asistieron a nuestra primera reunión de la Asociación de Padres de las Bandas. Un agradecimiento especial para los padres que trajeron comida o bebidas para compartir, y para Cydney Kirschbaum y Karen Wise, que orquestaron el evento.

Si está interesado en leer más sobre algunas de las posiciones de nuestros padres voluntarios, visite la página de PARENTS en nuestro sitio web, http://www.samohiband.com.

A lo largo del año escolar, puede leer noticias relacionadas con las clases de las bandas de sus estudiantes a través de correos masivos (como éste), y visitando el sitio web samohiband.com. Si perdió un correo electrónico, desplácese hasta la parte inferior de la página de inicio del sitio web y utilice la ventana “SEARCH POSTS” para introducir palabras claves.

A nuestros amigos de Facebook:
¿Quieres más? Además de nuestra página oficial de Facebook, tenemos un nuevo Grupo de Facebook Samohi Band Family, donde puedes hacer preguntas, publicar fotos o tener una conversación. Para una invitación a unirse al nuevo grupo cerrado, visita el LINK, o envía un correo electrónico a samohiband@gmail.com.

Band Homework – Register Now!

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