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The Samohi Viking Marching Band (VMB) is one of the largest and best-known ensembles at Samohi. Our musicians and color guard perform at pep rallies, football games, and community events, and they compete in field show competitions all over Southern California.

In the fall, Marching Band and Color Guard meet every morning at 7:00 am, even on Samohi late-start days. In the spring, Color Guard also has an optional A-period class, and they compete and perform on their own. Each semester of marching band or color guard counts for one semester of PE credit.

We’re so excited for the 2019-2020 season! Please read through for important information regarding enrollment, contributions, and attendance.

Viking Marching Band Camp

Marching band camp will be held in the Samohi Band Room and Athletic Field on August 5 – 9 and August 12 – 16, 2019, from 12 to 8 pm. Because of construction at the Olympic gate, please drop off your student or have them walk to the Michigan gate, which is located at 7th Street and Michigan Avenue. From there, they can walk down to the band room. See a map of the Samohi campus here. You can also drop them off at the 4th street gate.

Plan to drop off early on the first day, and every day! Each day, students will start in the band room to pick up their instruments and organize their things; they should be on the field or in their sectional room by 12 pm SHARP, ready to start.

Register for Marching Band by the First Day of Band Camp

All students (whether new or returning) must complete the following forms before the first day of camp.

  • 2019-20 Samohi Bands Registration Form. (You do not need to print out the registration form.) On this form, you will also register your student for Concert Band and pay suggested donations and fees for both programs, as you are able. You can choose to pay full or partial amounts by Paypal or by check, and if you are able, you can even donate a little extra to help out another student!
  • Printed and signed 2-page form: Off Campus Permission Form and Emergency Card.
    Both pages are fillable, if you download the form before printing it. If you have not already submitted forms for Fourth of July Parade Camp, bring the signed 2-page form to the first day of Band Camp!

Marching Band Expenses

The suggested donation for marching band — including $250 for Band Camp — is $850 per student for the full marching season, including meals and snacks at competitions, and water at football games. Your generous contribution helps cover the costs of coaching and instruction, music rights, drill design and choreography, transportation and fees, uniforms, instruments and equipment, and all the other expenses of our marching season.

On the registration form, you may choose to buy new competition shoes if you need them. Gently used shoes are available at no cost.

Please note: All students may participate in all aspects of the band program regardless of their ability to pay.

Band Camp Attendance

Band camp is an important and MANDATORY part of Marching Band and Color Guard class. Students who miss any portion of band camp are subject to reassignment to alternate (understudy) positions within the band. Students should contact Mr. McKeown ( if they need to miss any part of band camp.

Let two of our marching band students tell you what you need for band camp!

Band Camp Video

Band Camp – What to Bring, What to Wear, What to Expect

During camp, students should come prepared to work outside several hours a day.

Band Camp Students MUST:

  • Bring a one-gallon thermos of ice water with their name on it. It’s going to be hot! Jugs are available at sporting goods stores, Target, supermarkets, and online.
    Wear comfortable, closed-toed shoes. Any shoe suitable for PE class is appropriate for camp.
  • Wear lightweight clothing for warm weather and bring a jacket or sweater for cooler temperatures in the evening.
  • Bring a 1”- 1.5” binder, a pencil and 25 sheet protectors.
  • Don’t forget the water.
  • Wear sunblock and bring extra to reapply during the day.
  • Bring sunglasses and a hat. There are times when students will be rehearsing facing west at sunset.
  • Bring snacks for brief breaks.
  • Have a plan for the dinner break. Students are allowed to go off campus during the dinner break. Parents must make arrangements ahead of time, as food is not provided. Either leave food with your student or give him/her permission and money to go off campus. Most students prefer to eat at local restaurants, (Subway, El Pollo Loco, Dominos, etc). Students may go off campus ONLY when paired with another student or in a group.
  • Did we mention water? Seriously, water fountains in Samohi are few and far between. Each student should bring AT LEAST one gallon of water and refill their jug/thermos as needed. Students should keep their water jugs with them at all times.


^^ Look, a one-gallon water jug! ^^

Our Program

We can’t wait to get started on this year’s program! Our season’s competitive field show, “Shakespeare, The Bard of Avon,” will make Shakespeare’s work come alive with quotes from the Bard and the music of Gilbert and Sullivan, John Mackey’s “This Cruel Moon” (in its marching band premiere!), Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet,” and Shostakovich’s “Festive Overture.” Our kids are going to put in a lot of hours this season practicing and competing, and they are also going to have a lot of fun.

Reach Out to Us!

Questions? Problems? Want to volunteer? Write to Kevin McKeown, Director of Bands, at; send an email to; and/or use the Contact box on this website.

We look forward to working with your student. Go Vikings!