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.

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.

2018 Broad Image Web


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



Jan. 24 Concert Ensemble Picture Day

say cheese copyOn Wednesday, January 24, 2018,

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!

CLICK HERE to download the order form for group and/or 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

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)

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

Audition results for 2018 CASMEC Honor Ensembles have been posted here:  2018 All-State Results

Auditions for 2018 All-State Honor Ensembles were due on Tuesday, November 28, 2017

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