In Santa Monica, we are fortunate to have a school district that supports the arts. At the high school level, SMMUSD provides funding for two full time Band directors, partial funding for Color Guard instruction, and a small stipend for Instructional Aide in Band classrooms for a few hours per week.
The Samohi Band Parents Association (BPA) seeks donations and raises funds to supplement what the district provides, so that the program can continue to provide the highest quality music education to our students.
You may have heard the expression “Stuff vs. Staff” in relation to fundraising at SMMUSD schools.* For the Samohi Band program, the Barents Association (BPA) pays for the following:
Music folders – Some classes got new folders this year!
Sheet music royalty/rental fees
Photocopies (the BPA paid 1/3 the cost to purchase a photocopier used by the Samohi Band, Choir and Orchestra directors)
Band Room lockers and related supplies
New instrument purchases
School-owned instrument repairs and supplies
Concert, Marching, and Jazz festival entry fees
Marching Band & Guard uniforms and supplies
Full-time percussion instructor for all 5 Concert Band classes
Jazz Band II instructor
Concert Band festival adjudicators/clinicians
Partial funding for the Color Guard Caption Head & Color Guard Tech
Marching Band Percussion Caption Head & Percussion Tech
Marching Band Visual Caption Head & 2 Visual Techs
Miscellaneous Concert and Jazz Band Clinicians
On average, the BPA spends $250 per pupil per year on the Concert Band program, and $750 per pupil per year on students enrolled in Marching Band or Color Guard. We hope that you will consider contributing to our 2017-18 Direct Donation campaign.
Thank you for supporting the Samohi Bands!
*RE: “Stuff and Staff” in SMMUSD: In general, the PTAs raise funds for necessary “stuff” such as supplies, books and equipment at school sites, while your donations to the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation fund additional staff and programs at each school. For the Samohi Band program, the BPA pays both.
The theme of this year’s show is “Empower,” celebrating the achievements of leaders throughout history, in the struggle for women’s rights.
The online pre-order form helps us figure out how many shirts we should order. There will be shirts available for sale after the pre-order period ends, but pre-orders are the best way to be sure you get the size and color you want.
Once again, the Samohi Athletic Department has invited the Viking Marching Band to submit photos and dedications or “Shout Outs” to be printed in their 2017 football programs.
Our first home football game performance will be Friday, August 25th, 2017. (All home football games are included in our Online Band Calendar, and our Printable Band Calendar.) Football programs will be for sale at Corsair Stadium at all home football games.
It is also possible for parents of Band seniors to purchase an full or 1/2-page Tribute Page in the program, but space is going fast! If you would like to order a Tribute Page, please contact Lori Whitesell ASAP at firstname.lastname@example.org, and she will tell you how to do it.
If you would like to purchase a “Shout Out” for your student, there are 3 ways to order:
We have three rehearsals remaining for marching band and color guard, before we start Band Camp on August 7th. Remember, Band Camp runs from 12 noon – 8 p.m. August 7th – 11th AND August 14th – 18th.
At Thursday rehearsals, students get a sneak peek at our show music (all four movements!), lear some marching basics (bring water and comfortable clothes), and play some of our favorite football game pep tunes.
(FYI, Percussion students meet with Andy on Mondays 1-4 p.m.)
These rehearsals are not mandatory, but if you are in town, then we expect students to come to the rehearsals and get a head start on the season. Also, if you haven’t registered and paid your donation for the marching season, please do so soon. Click HERE to register.We have plenty of options for paying, and hope that we can have money in our program to pay our coaches for band camp and the season.
We are hoping/expecting all students to pay $250 for Band Camp (scholarships are available…no student will be left out!), and $550 for the rest of marching season. This includes $50 for meals at all competitions. If you can pay the complete $800 for the season, or more, we gladly accept contributions via ourregistration form, via our monthly contribution plan, or at any time during the school year. If you are able to sponsor other students it helps us tremendously because we need everyone, students/staff/parents to be successful.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Director Kevin McKeown at email@example.com.
We hope you are enjoying your summer! We are looking forward to the Viking Band performance at the 11th annual Santa Monica 4th of July Parade. Click HERE for more information about the parade.
Parade Camp for musicians and Color Guard students who would like to march in the parade is 1:00-4:00 pm Thursday, June 29th, Friday, June 30th, and Monday, July 3rd.
PARENTS – we need your help washing 100 pairs of uniform pants by the end of Parade Camp.
All pants will be moved to the Band Room on Thursday, June 29th. If you can help, please have your student take 1 – 2 bags of pants home after the rehearsal. Each bag contains 5 pairs of pants (one full load for a typical washing machine). Washing instructions are included. Please wash the pants and return them to the Band Room at the start of rehearsal on Monday, July 3rd.
Questions? Email Alisa at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your help!
– The Viking Marching Band Uniform Committee
Queridos padres de la Viking Marching Band,
¡Esperamos todos disfruten de su verano! Estamos ansiosos por la actuación de la banda Viking en el 11 ª desfile anual del 4 de Julio de Santa Mónica. Haga clic AQUÍ para más información sobre el desfile.
Los ensayos del “Parade Camp” para los músicos y abanderados que deseen marchar en el desfile son de 1:00 a 4:00 pm el jueves 29 de junio, el viernes 30 de junio y el lunes 3 de julio.
PADRES – necesitamos su ayuda para lavar 100 pares de pantalones de uniforme antes del ensayo final del Parade Camp.
Todos los pantalones serán trasladados a la Sala de Banda el jueves 29 de junio. Si usted puede ayudar, por favor haga que su estudiante tome una o más bolsas de pantalones a casa después del ensayo. Cada bolsa contiene 5 pares de pantalones (una carga completa para una lavadora típica). Las instrucciones de lavado están incluidas. Por favor, lavar los pantalones y devuélvalos a la Sala de Banda al comienzo del ensayo del lunes, 3 de julio.
¿Preguntas? Enviar un correo electrónico a Alisa <email@example.com>
Click HERE to make a one-time donation to the Samohi Band program.
You may specify where you would like your donation to be directed, e.g.: Concert, Jazz or Marching Band. Your gift may be tax deductible as a charitable contribution, and we will be happy to send you a receipt acknowledging your contribution. Our Tax ID Number is 95-2563339.
Take the 10-Month Pledge:
Click HERE to subscribe to monthly donations, for a period of 10 months.
Do you have an item to donate to our Bands at the Broad Silent Auction?
Each year, this event helps the Samohi Band program raise funds for travel scholarships for concert band students. In the Spring of 2018, the Samohi Wind Symphony will perform at Sonoma Invitational Wind Band Festival at Sonoma State University.
Click HERE to donate an item or service to this important fundraiser.