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.

9-12 Band/Guard & 7/8 Band Volunteers Needed

We will need several helpers for Friday evening:

7/8 Night Dinner

If you are interested in helping set-up, serving, and/or clean-up for the dinner for 9-12 Band/Guard and 7/8 Band on Friday night, please contact Nadia Ali. She will let you know the timing and details.

Football Game

If you are interested in helping fill water jugs, covering the bleachers, pluming, gauntleting, or pushing equipment prior, during, and after the game, please contact Pierre Echternach. Helpers will meet in the band hallway at 5:45pm.

Weekly Schedule – 9/3

Tuesday, September 4th (Marching Band/Guard)

  • 5:30-8:30pm: Evening rehearsal

Wednesday, September 5th (Marching Band/Guard)

L.A. County Fair

  • 1st Period: Load truck
  • 11am: Band/Guard students dismissed from class
  • 11:15am: Load bus
  • 11:30am: Depart LCHS
  • 12:15pm: Arrive, eat lunch, enjoy the Fair
  • 3:30pm: Meet back at bus to change into uniform
  • 4pm: Warm-up
  • 5pm: Parade
  • 6pm: Return to bus, change, load truck
  • approx. 8:30pm: Arrive back at LCHS, unload truck
  • approx. 9pm: Dismissal

Thursday, September 6th (Marching Band/Guard)

  • 5:30-8:30pm: Evening rehearsal

Friday, September 7th (Marching Band/Guard & 7/8 Band)

Football Game – 7/8 Night

  • 5pm: 9-12 and 7/8 meet in front of the North Gym with instruments and music for rehearsal
  • 5:30pm: Dinner is served for all students
  • 6:10pm: Meet in front of North Gym with instruments/music
    • 9-12 in full uniform
    • 7/8 in band t-shirts and dark-colored pants/jeans
  • 6:20pm: 9-12 and 7/8 combined performance at Boosters tailgate on Oak Grove field
  • 6:45pm: Pre-game (combined 9-12 and 7/8 on the field performance)
  • 7pm: Game time
    • All 9-12 and 7/8 students will play stand tunes during the first half of the game
    • approx. 8:15pm: Half-time performance by 9-12
    • approx. 8:35pm: 7/8 students return to band room and will be dismissed to parents
  • approx. 9:30pm: Game over, hang uniform, dismissal

Extra Notes:

7/8 students will be rehearsing with the 9-12 students at 5pm, will eat with the 9-12 students, and will then perform with the 9-12 students at the Boosters tailgate, on the field during pre-game, and in the stands during the first half of the game.

After the 9-12 students perform their show at half-time, the 7/8 students will return to the band room with Mr. Myers and will be dismissed. The students may return to the game with parents if you choose or you may go home.

7/8 t-shirts will be distributed either Thursday or Friday.

7/8 Night on 9/7

7/8 Night

Friday, September 7th

The 9-12 Band and Guard always enjoy welcoming the 7/8 Band students for this event. It’s a busy, but fun night.

7/8 students will be rehearsing with the High School students at 5pm, will eat with them, and then perform with them at the Boosters tailgate, on the field during pre-game, and in the stands during the first half of the game. After the High School students perform their show at half-time, the 7/8 students will return to the band room with Mr. Myers and will be dismissed. The students may return to the game with parents if you choose or may go home.

The 7/8 students are voting on their t-shirt design this week and t-shirts will be distributed prior to next Friday evening.

Please let us know if you have any questions. Looking forward to a great evening!

Schedule for 9-12 Band/Guard and 7/8 Band:

  • 5pm: 9-12 and 7/8 meet in front of the North Gym with instruments and music for rehearsal
  • 5:30pm: Dinner is served for all students
  • 6:10pm: Meet in front of North Gym with instruments/music
    • 9-12 in full uniform
    • 7/8 in band t-shirts and dark-colored pants/jeans
  • 6:20pm: 9-12 and 7/8 combined performance at Boosters tailgate on Oak Grove field
  • 6:45pm: Pre-game (combined 9-12 and 7/8 on the field performance)
  • 7pm: Game time
    • All 9-12 and 7/8 students will play stand tunes during the first half of the game
  • approx. 8:15pm: Half-time performance by 9-12
  • approx. 8:35pm: 7/8 students return to band room and will be dismissed to parents
  • approx. 9:30pm: Game over, hang uniform, dismissal