2018 Jerry Herman Awards

We are proud to announce that the Samohi Pit Orchestra for the spring musical was nominated for a 2018 Jerry Herman Award for Best Orchestra under the direction of Terry Sakow. Samohi student Clayton Davis has earned a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his portrayal of Bud Frump.

Each year, the Hollywood Pantages hosts the Jerry Herman High School Musical Theatre Awards with one goal: to constructively support local high school performing arts programs. Both public and private high schools from all over Los Angeles County submit productions for consideration across twelve performance and technical categories:

  • Scenic Design
  • Lighting Design
  • Costume Design
  • Orchestra
  • Ensemble/Chorus
  • Musical Staging/Choreography
  • Musical Direction
  • Technical Crew
  • Supporting Actor
  • Supporting Actress
  • “No Small Parts”
  • Best Production

Click on this text to view the complete list of 2018 nominations

 

May 25 Pops Concert

Samohi Concert Bands Pops Concert – Friday, May 25 at 6:30 PM in Barnum Hall.

The Samohi Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Symphonic Winds, Wind Symphony, and Wind Ensemble will perform. Musical selections include the Academy award-winning “Remember Me” by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, “My Shot” from the Broadway hit Hamilton, music from The Incredibles, “John Williams Swings!” and more.

Samohi Band students will receive ticket order envelopes at school. Tickets are also available at the door, or at the link below. You may also use the link to order dedications to be printed in the Pops Concert program.

CLICK ON THIS TEXT FOR:  Pops Concert Tickets and Program Dedications – Online Order Form

Families of Band SENIORS:  Don’t forget to submit photos of your student to be printed in the Pops program. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

2018 Kiwanis Music Scholarship Competition

Preliminary Round – May 3rd

The Santa Monica Kiwanis Club Music Scholarship Competition will hold preliminary auditions at Santa Monica High School, after school on Thursday, May 3rd.

Signups for Samohi Band students are posted in the Band Room.

Auditions will be evaluated by adjudicators from outside the district. Accompanists are not required for the Preliminary Round.

kiwanislogoThe Kiwanis Club of Santa Monica has been providing academic scholarships to area youth for 94 years and music awards for 68 years. From current Kiwanis President tony Antich:  “Dick Wagnon, longtime member of the Kiwanis Club and beloved member of the Santa Monica student music community, inspired the music awards and they are carried on in his memory annually.”

Click Here for More Kiwanis Competition Info

Students who are selected to proceed to the Final Round will need to complete an application. A link to the application is provided here, for your convenience. Please do NOT submit applications, until after the Preliminary Round.

SM Kiwanis Club Music Scholarship FINALS – Audition Application

The Final Round of Auditions for High School Band students will take place Thursday, May 10, from 3:30 – 6:00 pm in the Samohi Choir Room. Students competing in the Finals are limited to a 5-minute audition.

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.
Parents,
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
SAMOHI BAND STUDENTS ADMITTED FREE
General Admission $25 adult | $15 youth/student
Tickets available at the door.
For advance tickets CLICK HERE:  Bands at the Broad Ticket Order Form

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.

2018 All-Southern Honor Group Audition Times

Did you submit an application to audition for a 2018 All-Southern California Honor Group?

scsboalogocolorAUDITION TIMES HAVE BEEN POSTED FOR All-Southern California Honor Bands, Orchestras, and Jazz Bands.

 

CLICK HERE to check your audition time at your location.

  1. Click on the link above.
  2. Scroll down under the audition date and site you selected:  either December 9, 2017 at Tesoro High School in Rancho Santa Margarita OR December 10, 2017 at Hoover High School in Glendale.
  3. Click on your instrument. If you are auditioning for more than one instrument, be sure to check both audition times.