7/8 Band & 7/8 Orchestra to Disney February 14th

Payment and the field trip form are due NOW. You will NOT BE ALLOWED ON THE BUS without the field trip form completed and signed.

The 7/8 Band and 7/8 Orchestra will travel to Disneyland for a studio session on Thursday, February 14th.

Specific details to be shared soon, but mark the date now!

If you haven’t already… Now is the time to pay for the 7/8 Band and 7/8 Orchestra Registration costs. The Disney trip (ticket and transportation) is included in the Registration costs. If you don’t remember, please contact our Receivables Treasurer, Jason Northrup.

In addition, we must have the field trip form to get on the bus. If you have questions, please contact the 7/8 Parent Rep, Adam Kline.

Weekly Schedule – 2/11

Monday, February 11th

  • 6:30-9pm: Musical Pit Orchestra Rehearsal

Tuesday, February 12th

  • 3:30-5:30pm: 7/8 Winter Drumline Rehearsal
  • 5-9pm: Winter Guard Rehearsal
  • 6-9pm: 9-12 Winter Drumline Rehearsal

Wednesday, February 13th

  • 6:30-9pm: Jazz Band Rehearsal

Thursday, February 14th

  • 7/8 Band & 7/8 Orchestra to Disney
    • 7:15am: Call time for all 7/8 students, load truck
      • Wear band/orchestra shirts
    • 7:45am: Depart LCHS
    • 10am: Soundtrack session
    • 7am: Meet at the steps to the Main St. Train Station
    • 8:30am: Arrive LCHS, unload truck and go home
  • 3:30-5:30pm: 7/8 Winter Drumline Rehearsal
  • 5-9pm: Winter Guard Rehearsal
  • 6-9pm: 9-12 Winter Drumline Rehearsal

Saturday, February 16th

  • Winter Guard Competition
    • 6am: Call time, rehearse, load truck with props
    • 7:30am: Depart LCHS
    • 9:30am: Mira Monte High School
    • 10am: Warm up begins
    • 12:01pm: Prelims performance
    • –Watch other groups, eat lunch–
    • TBD: Warm-up for Finals performance
    • 6:15-7:19pm: Finals performance
    • Load truck
    • approx. 9:30pm: Return to LCHS, unload truck
    • Competition Location: Mira Monte High School, 1800 S. Fairfax Rd., Bakersfield CA 93307
    • Tickets: Prelims, $15; Finals, $18; Combo Ticket, $28 (cash only)
  • 9/12 Winter Drumline Competition
    • 10am: Call time, load truck with props
    • 11:15am: Depart LCHS
    • 11:45am: Arrive Monrovia HS
    • 12:03pm: Unload truck
    • 12:30pm: Warm-up begins
    • 1:30pm: Pit pushes to gate
    • 1:45pm: Pre-stage
    • 2:03pm: Performance time
    • 2:20pm: Load truck, eat lunch
    • 3:30pm: Scholastic A Awards
    • — Watch other groups —
    • 7pm: Dinner by the truck
    • 7:50-8:30pm: Watch Scholastic World groups!
    • 8:50pm: Load Bus
    • approx. 9:15pm: Return to LCHS, unload truck
    • Competition Location: Monrovia High School, 845 W. Colorado Blvd., Monrovia, CA 91016
    • Tickets: $10 for the full day (cash only)

Weekly Schedule – 2/4

Monday, February 4th

  • 7pm: MPA Meeting, Band Room

Tuesday, February 5th

  • 3:30-5:30pm: 7/8 Winter Drumline Rehearsal
  • 5-9pm: Winter Guard Rehearsal
  • 6-9pm: 9-12 Winter Drumline Rehearsal

Wednesday, February 6th

  • 6:30-9pm: Jazz Band Rehearsal

Thursday, February 7th

  • 7:30am – Zero Period: Combined 7/8 Band and 7/8 Orchestra Rehearsal
  • 3:30-5:30pm: 7/8 Winter Drumline Rehearsal
  • 5-9pm: Winter Guard Rehearsal
  • 6-9pm: 9-12 Winter Drumline Rehearsal
  • 7:30pm: Dinner Show Basket Wrapping at Sheryl Madonna’s Home

Saturday, February 9th

Winter Guard Competition

  • 6am: Call time, load truck with props
  • 6:45am: Depart LCHS
  • 7:45am: Arrive AB Miller HS
  • 8am: Warm up begins
  • 10:32am: Prelims performance
  • Watch other groups, eat lunch
  • TBD: Warm-up for Finals performance
  • 5:32pm-7:08pm: Finals performance
  • Load truck
  • approx. 8:30pm: Return to LCHS, unload truck
  • Competition Location:

    AB Miller High School
    6821 Oleander Ave.
    Fontana, CA 92336

  • Tickets:

    Prelims: $15
    Finals: $18
    Combo Ticket: $28
    (cash and/or credit card accepted)

  • Color Guard Rep Michele Jones will send out info regarding food and snacks.
  • Please consider helping out at a competition by riding the bus and being a chaperone! It’s sometimes a really long day, but just watching your kids and their friends work hard and perform makes it all worthwhile. Michele Jones has sent out a google doc to all of you, so please take a moment to sign-up.

Dinner Show

  • 10am: Students meet at Band Room to load truck
  • 10am: Volunteer parents move Silent Auction items to Country Club
  • 10:30am: Set-up at Country Club
  • 4:30pm: First wave of Volunteers arrive
  • 4:30pm: Call time – Chamber groups and Oscar Band
  • 5:30pm: Call Time – 7/8 Band & 7/8 Orchestra
    • Concert Dress
    • Dinner is served for all 7/8 students
  • 5:30pm: Registration/Doors open for all guests
    • Silent Auction opens
    • Appetizers served
  • 6pm: Call Time – 9-12 Band & 9-12 Orchestra Call time
    • Concert Dress
  • 6pm: Dinner is served for guests
  • 6:15pm: 9-12 Band & 9-12 Orchestra Dinner is served
  • 7pm: Performances Begin
  • 8:30pm: Silent Auction closes
  • 9:30pm: After Party with the Jazz Band begins

Weekly Schedule – 12/10

Tuesday, December 11th

  • 3:30-5:30pm: 7/8 Winter Drumline Rehearsal
  • 5-9pm: Winter Guard Rehearsal
  • 6-9pm: 9-12 Winter Drumline Rehearsal

Wednesday, December 12th

7/8 & ALF Winter Concert

NOTE: Volunteers are needed to help serve dinner to the 7/8 and ALF students, 4:45-6:45pm. Please contact Nadia Ali if you are available.

  • 5pm: Call Time to band room
    • Concert dress
  • 5:15-6pm
    • Band – Dinner in Cafeteria
    • Orchestra – Rehearse in Auditorium
  • 6-6:45pm
    • Orchestra – Dinner in Cafeteria
    • Band – Rehearse in Auditorium
  • 7pm: Concert Begins

Thursday, December 13th

  • 3:30-5:30pm: 7/8 Winter Drumline Rehearsal
  • 5-9pm: Winter Guard Rehearsal
  • 6-9pm: 9-12 Winter Drumline Rehearsal
  • 7pm: Dinner Show Committee Meeting (Home of Sheryl Madonna)

Weekly Schedule – 12/3

Tuesday, December 4th

  • 3:30-5:30pm: 7/8 Winter Drumline Rehearsal
  • 5-9pm: Winter Guard Rehearsal
  • 6-9pm: 9-12 Winter Drumline Rehearsal

Wednesday, December 5th

  • 6:30-8:30pm: Jazz Band Rehearsal

Thursday, December 6th

  • *Note: No Winter Drumline or Winter Guard Rehearsals today.
  • Zero Period: Combined 7/8 Band & 7/8 Orchestra
  • 3-6pm: Poinsettia Pick Up & Delivery Day
  • Winter Spectacular
    • Performances by the 9-12 Orchestra, 9-12 Band, and Jazz band
    • 6pm: 9-12 Orchestra Call Time
    • 6:30pm: 9-12 Band Call Time
    • 6pm: Call Time – All Performers
    • 7pm: Concert Begins
    • Concert Wear
    • Refreshments
      • After the performance, refreshments will be served outside the Auditorium for the audience and performers.
      • Orchestra – Please click to sign up
      • Band – Please bring desserts such as cookies, cupcakes, holiday treats, etc.

7/8 Winter Concert

Next week is the 7/8 Band & Orchestra’s combined Winter Concert with the ALF on Wednesday, December 12th!

For planning purposes, call time will be at 5pm. We’ll have rehearsals and then the MPA will provide a pizza dinner. The concert will begin at 7pm.

A detailed schedule will be sent next week, but it will be Concert attire.

7/8 Combined Rehearsal

7/8 Combined Rehearsal

7/8 Band & 7/8 Orchestra

0 period, Thursday, December 6th

To prepare for the concert next week, we need to have a combined 7/8 Band and 7/8 Orchestra rehearsal this week during 0 period. All 7/8 Band students should arrive at 7:30am for rehearsal with the 7/8 Orchestra in the band room.

7/8 Winter Drumline

We will continue meeting on Tuesday and Thursday this week, right after school. A parent meeting will be held later this month, so keep your eye out!

Please have your students invite their friends. No previous experience is necessary and they don’t have to currently be in the program to participate. All are welcome!

7/8 Winter Drumline – New for 2018-2019

This year we are excited to announce the creation of a 7/8 Winter Percussion Ensemble. This ensemble will be comprised entirely of 7/8 students and will compete locally with other middle school ensembles. This ensemble will rehearse directly after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

All 7/8 students – Band, Orchestra, and other 7/8 students not currently in the Instrumental Music Program – are welcome to participate and no previous experience is necessary.

Winter Percussion Ensemble, or “Winter Drumline,” is the winter equivalent of Marching Band. However, instead of wind instruments on a football field, the program consists of percussion instruments inside a gym. Students will perform a four to five-minute show that will revolve around a theme and will have music and drill that coordinates with that chosen theme.

La Canada Winter Drumline PSA 2014 – The Journey Home (Semi-Finals)

La Canada High School 2014 Winter Percussion performance at WGI Championships in Dayton, Ohio. La Canada placed 9th out of over 50 groups from all over the U.S.

Winter Percussion provides students with life skills…

Time management: This is the main skill that Winter percussion teaches. Due to rehearsals being after school twice a week, students must learn to effectively budget their time between rehearsal and homework. This is a valuable skill because the older we get the more responsibilities and commitments we take on.

Team Work: Students will also learn how to work as a team towards a common goal. Many jobs today revolve around working in groups. Many general education academic programs don’t revolve around working in teams and stress the success of the individual over the population. Music is different because everyone contributes to the program and there is no hiding if someone didn’t learn their part or is unsure of the drill. Because of this, students learn to work harder for themselves and others to make sure that they are performing at the best level they can achieve.

The percussion program will be taught, written, and designed by Greg Power, Benjamin Lewis, and Christopher Truitt.

We will be having a parent meeting in the next couple of weeks where we can answer questions and address any concerns. We will also be releasing dates and times for everything, hopefully in the next week, once everything is confirmed.

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Stone.

Winter Percussion Staff Bios:

Greg Power: Greg received his Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance from Washington State University and is set to finish his Master of Music in Percussion Performance at California State University Northridge in December. Greg was a member of the Cascades (2011-12), Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps (2013-14) and section leader at Pulse Percussion (2015).

Greg is currently the caption head and battery writer at La Canada High School and Front Ensemble Tech at Thousand Oaks High School. Greg assisted the CSUN Percussion Ensemble (2017-2019) and was an Assistant Drumline Instructor at WSU (2013-15). Greg taught the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps (2015) and has been on staff with the Blue Stars Drum & Bugle Corps since 2016.

Greg is a member of the Vic Firth educational team and resides in Encino, CA.

Chris Truitt: Christopher Truitt is an educator, composer, and arranger from Fresno, California. He received his Bachelor’s of Music degree from California State University, Northridge in 2015 where he studied Percussion Performance.

Christopher is an active music educator in the Los Angeles area and has been teaching percussion since 2007. He is currently the Director of Bands at St. Genevieve High School and the Front Ensemble Arranger and Manager for La Canada High School.

Christopher has been a composer/arranger since 2013. He has written and arranged music for Marching Band, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble, and Indoor Percussion for both Middle School and High School.

His Ensembles have earned prestigious honors including SCSBOA, SCPA, and WBA Finalists, as well as ADLA, SCPA, and WGI Bronze Medalists.

Chris is a member of the Innovative Percussion educational team.

Benjamin Lewis: Currently residing in Pomona, Ben has taught various percussion programs in the past four years ranging in ages from elementary school to high school. He currently teaches at La Canada High School where he serves mainly as the Front Ensemble Instructor and Co-Electronics Designer and Coordinator. Along with La Canada, Ben teaches at Chaminade High School in West Hills serving as the Front Ensemble Manager. Ben has previously worked at Cathedral City High School where he worked as a Front Ensemble Instructor and Electronics Designer and Coordinator. Ben’s previous teaching experiences include Nobel Middle School in Northridge (2015-2016) and St. Genevieve Elementary and High School in Panorama City.

Ben’s performance experience includes POW Percussion (2017) and Pulse Percussion (2018-2019). Ben is currently studying Business Finance, Real Estate, and Law at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Ben is a member of the Planet Waves educational collective.