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.

Weekly Schedule – 11/26

Tuesday, November 27th

  • 5:30pm: 7/8 Winter Drumline Parent Meeting – Band room
  • 7:30pm: 9-12 Winter Drumline & Winter Guard Parent Meeting – Band Room

Friday, November 30th

  • Marching Band & Guard takes home uniforms and instruments for the parade on Saturday.
  • 9-12 Band Concert Wear Distribution – 1st Period

Saturday, December 1st

Montrose Christmas Parade

  • 5:30pm: Call Time
    • Full Uniform, no shako, yes gloves, holiday hat
  • 6pm: Parade start time
  • 8pm: Approximate end time

Helpful Hints:

  1. Please drop off your student at the parade staging area at the corner of Honolulu and La Crescenta Ave. at 5:30pm. Please leave instrument cases in the car as we will not be returning to the staging area at the end of the parade.
  2. Students will be dismissed at the end of the parade at the corner of Honolulu and Verdugo Blvd. All instruments and uniforms should be returned to the band room on Monday, December 3rd.
  3. Students are encouraged to wear holiday hats instead of their shakos.
  4. Instrument decorating (lights, tinsel, holly, etc.) is fine as long as the instrument can still be played properly.

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.

Drumline Audition – Monday 5/21

Drumline Auditions

Monday, May 21st

5:30 – 7:30pm

Auditions will be on Monday the 21st, 5:30-7:30pm for anyone that is interested in participating in drumline for the 2018-19 school year.

It is required that everyone attend this audition whether they have marched one semester or three years on the same instrument. We want to give everyone an opportunity to audition on other instruments and also to check in with current and new members. We are only holding auditions for one day this month so if you are unable to be there, please contact Mr. Stone or Sean Knuth. Thanks.