March Performances

Here we are in the middle of March. At this point last year, things were put on hold and cancelled… but this year, we’re starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Let’s be patient and do what we can when we can! It’s exciting!

March 19th will be the premiere of our Festival Concert. Each of our groups will perform in this virtual concert – so mark your calendars now. The premiere will be on LCPlay+ under the “LCInstrumental” icon.

March 21st is the long-awaited Boost-a-Thon sponsored by the Spartan Booster Club. From the chatter around the district office, this seems to be an event you don’t want to miss. Many individuals have worked many, many hours to pull this off and we’re looking forward to seeing our students and hearing their stories. Mark your calendars!

Best of LCHS Watch Party

Join your bandmates for a Zoom watch party of past shows of the LCHS Marching Spartans!

Saturday, August 1st – 7pm

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Time: Aug 1, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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A Note from Mr. Stone Re New York

Dear New York Trip Students & Families :

I hope everyone is in good health and good spirits during this crazy time. I would have much preferred to be writing you a final checklist like email rather than this email of “What’s next? What’s happening with the New York trip?”.

So here is the line from Encore as it sits today.

“As it currently stands, $1500 is non-refundable however we continue to work with Carnegie Hall to lower that for any participants that need to cancel. Those that cancel will receive all funds back in cash less $1500 which will be sent as a travel voucher that can be transferred to a new participant entering the ensembles in the Fall.

For those that can roll to 2021, we will transfer all of the monies in their account of which $1500 will show as a non-refundable credit.”

We are planning on rolling the trip to next year, with the most likely date, at this time, being February 12-16, 2021. Our spring break 2021 begins with Easter Sunday, so that and the trip planned by the Choral Department, makes the February date the best time to go with the least amount of missed school. I am checking on all the needs to clear everything with the district, but I am optimistic that it will eventually go smoothly.

Seniors (and senior parent Chaperones), we are still working out the details for your use of the $1500 voucher at this time. Please be patient. The initial idea is to try and transfer that to new participants entering in the fall who wish to go on the trip. By what mechanism, that is yet to be determined.

In order to help Encore, please fill out this form letting me know what your desired intentions are for the trip.

Thank you all for your patience in this matter. It will all get resolved soon, hopefully like all the other insanity going on around us.

Take care,

Mr. Stone

A Note from Mr. Stone

Thank you all who were at our festival concerts last night. It was a great night of music and I am so happy that we got to share what we’ve been working on for the last 3 months.

In light of recent events, I have to be the bearer of bad news. In accordance with public health recommendations about the coronavirus, La Canada Unified School District has requested that we look into the upcoming events for the next month. On top of that, the organizations that sponsor our outside events have also taken these same recommendations and have made some announcements as well. SCSBOA (our festival sponsor), WGI (Guard and Drum Line), SCPA (Drum Line) and WGASC (Color Guard) have all cancelled any remaining events for the rest of this season. This means that all drum line and color guard shows, as well as our festival next Friday, have been cancelled.

This is a sad and surreal situation which saddens me by the loss of such great events we had planned for our students. However I know that all of these organizations and our district treat our student safety as priority number one and that is where all these decisions are rooted. While we all are grieving the loss of the events, which is completely normal, we also have to act for the greater good in this moment.

What does that mean for the rest of our year? As this is a dynamic situation, I can’t predict the future beyond Spring Break at this time, but I do know we will continue to teach, learn, grow and challenge each other to be better musicians, performers and friends.

We will try to keep you up to date on all instrumental rehearsals and events as we find out new information. Please be patient with us and the speed in which we send out our statements and information since we are trying to make sure we are separating the truths from the rumors.

Thank you all for your support in this wild and uncertain time.

Jason Stone
Director of Instrumental Music