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!
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.
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:
- 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
- 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.
We’re ready to take your order!
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.
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 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:
- Use our Online Order Form and pay with a credit/debit card or PayPal.
- Use a Printable Order Form and pay with cash or check, or
- Send us money with the Venmo app (send to email@example.com), and email your Shout-Out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline to submit Tributes and Shout-Outs is Thursday, August 10, 2017.
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 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 email@example.com.
Queridos padres de la Viking Marching Band,
The Samohi Bands are raising money to buy a set of orchestra bells, also called a glockenspiel. The bells will help improve the sound of our concert bands, orchestras, and pit orchestras.
A new royal blue t-shirt, in men’s and women’s t-shirt styles, will be available for sale at our Pops Concert on May 23rd. We hope the tees will go well with the pajama bottoms!
If you order from our Zazzle store, be sure to look for the discount code written below each item on display. You must enter the code at check-out to get the discounted price.
Don’t like the styles on display? You can add the designs to any product you like!