2018 Grad Nite Soda Pop Drive

Every year, the Samohi Grad Nite Committee reaches out to parent groups like the Band Parents Association, the Orchestra Parents Association, and other booster clubs to help them gather the supplies needed for Grad Nite. Scroll down for more information about Samohi Grad Nite.

The Samohi Band Parents Association has been asked to provide 180 two-liter bottles of soda pop for the Grad Nite ring toss game.

Students toss rings onto the bottles of soda. Winners may collect their preferred soda at the end of the night.

To contribute to the 2018 Grad Nite Soda Pop Drive, click on the “BUY NOW” text below to buy six (6) bottles of soda. Your contribution will be recorded as a donation the Samohi Band program.

Update:  3:30 PM on Tuesday, June 5th – GOAL ATTAINED –


Here’s how many bottles have been purchased so far (updated once daily):

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Santa Monica High School’s Grad Nite is one of the city’s most elaborate events:  an all-night party of thoroughly extravagant proportions thrown each June exclusively for the graduating class by the parents, district teachers, staff, local businesses and community.

The rite of passage for graduates involves taking a cruise to the destination of their choice – without ever leaving campus. Grad Nite is drug and alcohol-free graduation party that keeps our students safe, sober and alive on what is statistically the most dangerous night of their lives. Over the last 28 years, we have kept over 14,000 students safe and sober averaging 85 – 95% attendance.

May 1st Band Parent Meeting

We’re meeting on May Day! We hope that you will join us for a meeting of the

Samohi Band Parents Association

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018 at 7:00 PM in the Samohi Band Room*

Agenda Items:

  • Election of BPA Officers for school year 2018-19
  • Potential Wind Ensemble Tour in the Spring of 2019
  • Recognition and Thanks:  Parents of the Band Class of 2018!

*We are awaiting confirmation of the location. Please check this web page for updates.

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)

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.

Why Donate to the Bands?

Stuff and Staff:

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:

The Samohi “Symphonic Winds” show off their new music folders.


  • Music folders – Some classes got new folders this year!
  • Music stands
  • 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 programs
  • Student awards
  • Concert, Marching, and Jazz festival entry fees
  • Marching Band & Guard uniforms and supplies

and Staff

  • 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.

2017 Marching Field Show T-Shirts

We’re ready to take your order!

CLICK HERE to pre-order your 2017 Viking Marching Band field show t-shirts.

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.

Shout Outs in Football Programs

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To Marching Band Families:

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 lwhite6397@aol.com, 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:

  1. Use our Online Order Form and pay with a credit/debit card or PayPal.
  2. Use a Printable Order Form and pay with cash or check, or
  3. Send us money with the Venmo app (send to samohiband@gmail.com), and email your Shout-Out to samohiband@gmail.com.

The deadline to submit Tributes and Shout-Outs is Thursday, August 10, 2017.

Thursday Rehearsals – Don’t Miss Out!


07-FourthParade02 cropped.jpgWe 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 our registration 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 komckeown@smmusd.org.

Washing Bibbers

Dear parents of the Viking Marching Band,
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 alisafstewart@gmail.com
Thank you for your help!
– The Viking Marching Band Uniform Committee
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Marching Band Bibbers

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 <alisafstewart@gmail.com>
¡Gracias por su ayuda!
– El comité de los uniformes de la Viking Band