The online registration forms are now available for 9-12 Orchestra, 9-12 Band/Guard, 7/8 Orchestra, and 7/8 Band.
Just click on the appropriate link below, complete the form and if possible, donate to the program.
The information collected is used for communications as well as volunteer sign-ups and all donations are appreciated to make the Instrumental Music Program possible.
Donations can be made online with a credit card or by check sent to:
P.O. Box 1307
La Canada, CA 91012
We would appreciate EVERYONE completing the registration information by October 1st so we can update our records.
Financial assistance is available, just please complete the form available in the registration link.
Special note to all high school families… There are two donation opportunities this year. The first one is the program contribution to help maintain the Instrumental Music Program as we currently know it. The second one is a student donation which is a straight donation to the program. Please remember that this year there will be no transportation costs or uniform costs. (Concert wear will be purchased separately on an as-needed basis.)
Your donations are the needed financial support to make our program work. The Instrumental Music program receives minimal district funding and we rely heavily on your generous hearts and keen investment in your child’s musical experience. Thank you!
Thank you all for your patience in trying to restart our in person regular rehearsals in small cohorts.
On Friday, the LCHS administration asked me to hold as the LA County Department of Health may be issuing changes that would effect the ability to hold these small cohort gatherings.
As more information is available, we will be reaching out to everyone for a large information meeting to present the protocols for rehearsals and answer any questions.
Thanks again for your patience as we try to navigate this situation.
October 12th starts the opening of conditioning and training for many of our teams on campus. In discussing this with our LCHS administration team, here are the highlights:
- One coach/instructor per 10 students is considered a cohort
- Coach/Instructor can only work with one cohort
- Students are to be in one cohort only
- Training to take place outside. No access to the interior of buildings.
- There is a waiver to sign and health protocols in place each time the cohort comes onto campus to train.
What does that mean for Instrumental Music Programs?!?
As long as we follow the protocols and all students remain in masks while in a rehearsal, we can meet in-person, outdoors in small groups for those students and parents who are comfortable with in-person rehearsals.
Wind players playing their instruments is still not allowed at this time.
We will be assessing this new system this week and come up with a plan for the Instrumental Program groups that can meet (Drum Line, Color Guard, Orchestra).
Please be patient with us as we discuss the protocols that need to be in place to keep staff and students safe. We will have a plan soon. Once we have a plan, we will have a mandatory meeting for all parents and students to go over the plan and answer any questions.
Thanks again for your patience!
Topic: The Stone Center for Learning and Awesomeness
Time: This is a recurring meeting Meet anytime
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 965 8514 1690
Night Rehearsals start this week with on amazing instructional staff.
We will be continuing to build musicianship and movement skills as we move forward building our 2020 Online Marching Show Influencers: Black Artists Who Impacted the World.
Here we are… It’s August and school starts in just one week! So, let’s get our season started! We’re moving forward and looking for creative, innovative, and outside-the-box ways to bring our group together to make music and grow friendships. Please keep an open mind, hold your critiques and look for the positive. As with everything these days – things change all the time and we have to roll with it the best we can. It’s not a year to toss away, but one to stretch us out of our comfort zone and learn something new.
Starting Monday, August 10th, Band Camp will run from 3pm to 6pm Monday through Friday – and of course, everything will be online.
Here’s the link info: Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 993 5319 3734
In a normal year our marching season would be ready to begin. But it’s 2020 and things just aren’t the same, unfortunately.
We will NOT be having our first week of band camp next week – August 3 through 7. You get one extra week of summer this year!
We will, however, be having some sort of Band Camp the following week of August 10 – 14. We’re not sure yet what Band Camp will look like, but more details will be available next week as soon as we get all the i’s dotted and t’s crossed. Stay tuned!
We will also hopefully have more details about the school year as a whole as it works within the Instrumental Music Program.
Hope you all have been enjoying the summer break and we look forward to doing as much as we can safely and within the District guidelines.
See you soon!
Hope everyone is enjoying the summer and staying safe. While the final details of what the opening of school looks like in August is still being determined by the district, LA County of Public Health, and the State, there was an announcement by the Western Band Association, our marching circuit.
With lots of input from the directors in the association and looking at the current climate, WBA has decided to cancel all of their fall marching season events. While that brings great sadness to me, I think it’s the right decision at this time to keep everyone safe. However, we will continue to pursue our musicality and musicianship in spite of the cancellation.
What does this mean for the fall Mr. Stone?!? (I know that’s the next question.)
I have been thinking a lot about this and we will, with staff help, come up with a plan to incorporate some of our marching skills we’ve been honing in all summer and continue to build our musical abilities as well. However, we are going to put our current proposed fall show Diamonds on hold and try it again for next year when we can give it the proper treatment it deserves.
Please stay tuned for more posts in the coming weeks as more information about the fall comes about. We will still have band in the fall no matter how we start. Music is the thing we need in these crazy times.