All Samohi Concert Band classes meet the college preparatory “A-G” subject requirements of the University of California system, in the visual and performing arts “F” category. The program currently comprises five fully instrumented concert bands, all of which present at least three concerts during the school year and participate in at least one adjudicated festival. Students are also encouraged to audition for local, state, and national honor bands and orchestras.
Auditions for 2018-19 Samohi Concert Bands begin in early May. Results will posted on our STUDENTS page.
Students should click on the link and make a note of their Concert Band placement, and compare it to the schedule they receive from the Samohi Administration in August. Contact Director Kevin McKeown at firstname.lastname@example.org immediately, if the Concert Band period on your Samohi schedule does not match your audition results. 2018-19 Concert Band class periods are:
- Period 1 Symphonic Winds (Level III) – Mr. Sakow
- Period 2 Wind Symphony (Level IV) – Mr. McKeown
- Period 3 Symphonic Band (Level II) – Mr. Sakow
- Period 4 Wind Ensemble (Level V) – Mr. McKeown
- Period 5 Concert Band (Level I) – Mr. Sakow
Viking Marching Band & Color Guard
In the Fall semester only, Marching Band and Color Guard class is taught during Period A, under the direction of Mr. McKeown. The Winter Guard class meets during Period A in the Spring semester only, under the direction of Mr. Sakow. Students earn one semester of PE credit for every semester of Marching Band/Color Guard or Winter Guard. After 3 semesters of Marching Band or Fall Color Guard, students earn a Samohi Varsity letter. Musicians must participate in a Samohi music class (Concert Band, Choir or Orchestra) in order to enroll in Marching Band. There is no requirement for Color Guard students to enroll in music classes.
2019 Band Camp will run from 12noon-8pm, Monday-Friday, August 5-9 and August 12-16. Band Camp is an important, mandatory part of Marching Band and Color Guard class. For new and returning students or recent graduates who wish to participate in Santa Monica’s annual Fourth of July Parade, 2019 Parade Camp will be held July 1, 2 and 3, from 1:00–4:00 pm. There will also be a few Thursday evening rehearsals over the summer. Please check the Band Calendar for updates.
The Samohi Jazz program, under the direction of Tom Whaley and Sean Pawling, provides college credit as a dual enrollment class at Santa Monica College. The program is taught after school and has four performing groups: Jazz Band I, Jazz Band II, a Jazz I Combo and Jazz II Combo. Auditions for the 2018-19 Jazz Bands will be held on Wednesday, August 29th, from 3:30-5:30 pm in the Samohi Band Room. CLICK HERE for audition requirements and more information about Jazz Band classes.
Spring Musical Pit Orchestra
Each Spring, the Samohi Theatre program presents a musical, accompanied by a live orchestra under the direction of Mr. Terry Sakow.
CLICK HERE for more information about this year’s Samohi Spring Musical.