Message from MPA President

I hope everyone and your families are all doing well and staying healthy.

I wanted to update everyone on the current financial status of the Music Parents Association. The MPA had a strong first half of the year with our fundraisers. The fall Boosters Raffle, Poinsettia Sales, ACT/SAT Practice Tests, Scrip/Gift Cards and Dine Out at Doña Maria all performed at or above expectations. Thank you to the many parents who volunteered and supported all these events to raise much needed funds for our programs.

We are also ahead for the year in donations/grants that we solicit from 3rd party companies.

Our most important fundraiser of the year is the Dinner Show and this year for the first time we held one for 7/8 and a second for 9-12. The two shows allowed us to better highlight all our programs and were a great success! Congratulations to the entire Dinner Show committee for your amazing commitment and hard work. A special thank you to our co-chairs Michelle Lynskey and Julie Pao!

Despite all this wonderful momentum and the support from many of our families, we like many organizations right now are facing a tough time. With the closure of school activities, we are missing not only all the fun events and performances of our students but important fundraisers to our program and overall planned budget. These events include the loss of income from the Band/Orchestra Festival, Club LC, the second semester Boosters Raffle, and the plan for two more SAT/ACT Prep test fundraisers this spring.

Most importantly, we are down significantly in student family contributions to help cover the cost of the program.

Due to this loss of expected income to our annual fiscal budget we are currently projecting a deficit for the year of $15,000-$20,000. While we have the reserves to cover this loss it will have a significant negative impact on the financial health of our organization.

It still seems surreal to me that our school year is ending in a way none of us could have imagined just six weeks ago. Last week our students and teachers were to have been in NYC on an amazing and educational trip. This week our Winter Drumline would have been competing at WGI World Championships in Dayton, Ohio.

This is a difficult time for all of us. I know many people are out of work (my husband and I included). However, as I write this I think of the important things in my life. I am grateful that my extended family and friends are all safe and healthy, and I hope yours are too. I am grateful that our school district has done a herculean job in getting our students through this with distance learning and an ability for our kids to finish their school year. I am grateful for our teachers who are quickly adapting and working hard through this crisis to deliver educational learning and keep our students engaged. I am grateful to all our amazing students. Over the past four years I have been to all the concerts, competitions, events, parades. I have been in and out of the band room too many times to count. I have always been so impressed with the positive attitude, leadership, and camaraderie of our students. I have watched my own children who have learned so much, matured and benefited greatly by being a part of the Instrumental Music program. I am so grateful to have been a part of this program, it has brought great joy to my life and I hope it will continue to do the same for all of you.

I know we are not yet finished with our school year. The MPA will have a board meeting to finish this school year on June 1st. However, I wanted to take the time now to alert everyone to our current status. More importantly, I want to thank all the parents who have sacrificed so much of their time and money to help our program succeed. Thank you for your amazing hard work and commitment to our students. The Instrumental Music Program cannot survive without the support of the MPA and the MPA cannot survive without the support of the parents. The time and effort you all put in to support our students is deeply appreciated and the reward is the smiles on the faces of our kids at every performance, competition, and event.

Finally, I want to thank Jason Stone, Jennifer Munday, Jimmie Myers, and Sandy Miller. While the Instrumental Program needs the MPA our students need these instructors. They are incomparable in their expertise, teaching and commitment to our kids. They work tirelessly and engage and connect with our students in ways that ensure our kids stay involved in school even through difficult times such as we have now. I am profoundly grateful to have had the opportunity to work with all four of them and feel blessed that my children have had the opportunity to work and learn from them.

Thank you, thank you, thank you! Stay safe and I hope to see you all someday soon!

Elizabeth Bohannon

LCHS MPA President

MPA Business and More

  1. As with all non-profits and families alike, this time has become somewhat financially stressful. Thank you all for your donations throughout this year, but we still have some obligations to cover moving forward. If you have outstanding donations due for Band, Orchestra, 7/8, Drumline, and/or Color Guard, please consider still contributing. We know that the seasons for some was cut short, but expenses still remain. Thank you.
  2. We would encourage each of you, the next time you shop online from Amazon – which is pretty often these days – to use AmazonSmile. Amazon will donate a small percentage of each purchase to our Music Parents Association. (Look for La Canada High School Music Parents in the list.)
  3. Also, gift cards are another way to raise funds. All the information is below for purchasing them. Contact Ceci Nava if you have any questions.
  4. Booster Raffle Tickets are still available and can still be sold. Boosters are willing to still contribute the funds to our program for all tickets sold. Please contact Elizabeth Bohannon if you would like additional tickets.
  5. The New York trip has been rescheduled for March 5-9, 2021, provided we’re back to “normal” by then. Today is the deadline to fill out the google form. See this post for full information.

Communications

As we have witnessed, the effects of the Covid-19 virus on our community has things changing by the minute. By increments, this has had an impact on our program in major ways and you need information. This note is a reminder that we have several options for you.

  1. Subscribe to our newsletter which is sent via Constant Contact emails. Sandy Miller sends these out weekly on Sunday evenings, and on an as needed basis.
  2. This website has a Latest News blog. I handle posts there.
  3. The Facebook Group. Sandy Miller and I are moderators there, and you can find reminders as well as notes from parents and students. Note: to join that group, you must answer screening questions to be accepted, as our students (who are minors) are welcomed there.

Our faculty, staff, and MPA Board volunteers are doing our best to give you accurate information as we obtain and verify, as it pertains to our program.

Michele Wilcox
MPA VP of Communications
lchs.mpa.communications@gmail.com

Weekly Schedule – 3/9

Monday, March 9th

  • Gift Card Orders Due
  • 7pm: MPA Meeting – Band Room
  • 8pm: NY Trip Meeting – Band Room

Tuesday, March 10th

  • 3:30-4:30pm: 7/8 Color Guard Rehearsal
  • 3:30-5pm: Beginning Drumline
  • 5:30-8:30pm: Winter Guard Rehearsal
  • 6-9pm: Winter Marching Percussion Rehearsal

Wednesday, March 11th

Festival Concerts

  • 6:15pm: Call time for 7/8 Orchestra
    • Concert Wear, per Mr. Myers’ instructions
  • 6:30pm: Call time for 9-12 Orchestra
    • Concert Wear
  • 7pm: Orchestra Concert Begins
  • 7:15pm: Call time for 7/8 Band
    • Concert Wear, per Mr. Myers’ instructions
  • 7:30pm: Call time for 9-12 Band
    • Concert Wear
  • 8pm: Band Concert Begins

Thursday, March 12th

  • 3:30-4:30pm: 7/8 Color Guard Rehearsal
  • 3:30-5pm: Beginning Drumline
  • 5:30-8:30pm: Winter Guard Rehearsal
  • 6-9pm: Winter Marching Percussion Rehearsal

Weekly Schedule – 2/10

Monday, February 10th

  • Gift Card Orders Due
  • 7pm: MPA Meeting – Band Room
  • 8pm: Dinner Show Committee Meeting – Band Room

Tuesday, February 11th

  • 3:30-4:30pm: 7/8 Color Guard Rehearsal
  • 3:30-5pm: Beginning Drumline
  • 5:30-8:30pm: Winter Guard Rehearsal
  • 5-6pm: Winter Concert Percussion Rehearsal
  • 6-9pm: Winter Marching Percussion Rehearsal

Wednesday, February 12th

  • 6:30-9pm: Jazz Band Rehearsal

Thursday, February 13th

  • 3:30-4:30pm: 7/8 Color Guard Rehearsal
  • 3:30-5pm: Beginning Drumline
  • 5:30-8:30pm: Winter Guard Rehearsal
  • 6-9pm: Winter Marching Percussion Rehearsal

Friday, February 14th

  • No School
  • Last day for early bird Dinner Show Tickets
  • Last day for Senior Tribute purchases for Dinner Show
  • Last day for Sponsorship program recognition & advertising for Dinner Show

Saturday, February 15th

Concert & Marching Drumline Competition – Monrovia High School

  • 8am: Call time – rehearsal
  • 9:30am: Load truck
  • 10:50am: Depart LCHS
  • 11:20am: Arrive Monrovia HS, Unload truck
  • 1:37pm: Marching performance
  • 2pm: Load truck/lunch
  • 3:41pm: Awards for Marching Scholastic A
  • 4:49pm: Concert unloads
  • 6:49pm: Concert performance
  • 7pm: Load truck
  • 7:50-8:34pm: Watch shows
  • 9pm: Awards for Concert
  • 9:30pm: Depart Monrovia HS
  • 10pm: Arrive at LCHS, Unload truck

Location:
Monrovia High School
845 W. Colorado Blvd.
Monrovia, CA 91016

Tickets: $10

Volunteers: We need parents to help out at this competition. Please contact Dina Lorenzana and let him know if you’re available.

Weekly Schedule – 1/13

Monday, January 13th

  • 7pm: MPA Meeting – Band Room
  • 8pm: Dinner Show Committee Meeting – Band Room

Tuesday, January 14th

  • 3:30-4:30pm: 7/8 Color Guard Rehearsal
  • 3:30-5pm: Winter Concert 7-12 Percussion Rehearsal
  • 5:30-8:30pm: Winter Guard Rehearsal
  • 6-9pm: Winter Marching 9-12 Percussion Rehearsal

Wednesday, January 15th

  • 6:30-9pm: Jazz Band Rehearsal

Thursday, January 16th

  • 3:30-4:30pm: 7/8 Color Guard Rehearsal
  • 3:30-4:30pm: Winter Concert 7-12 Percussion Rehearsal
  • 5:30-8:30pm: Winter Guard Rehearsal
  • 6-9pm: Winter Marching 9-12 Percussion Rehearsal

9-12 Orchestra to California Adventure

  • 7:15am: Arrive in Concert Attire, Load truck (instruments and clothes for the day)
  • 8am: Depart LCHS
  • 9am: Arrive Disney/Security
  • 11:30am: Performance at California Adventure stage
  • 12:30pm: Dismissed back to the park (CA Adv. or Disneyland)
  • 7pm: Meet at the Compass in the Esplande (the space between the entrances of the parks)
  • 7:30pm: Depart Disney
  • 8:30pm: Arrive at LCHS, unload truck, dismissed
  • Students need to bring everything for a concert performance:
    • Concert Wear
    • Black socks
    • Dress shoes
    • Instrument
    • Music

Weekly Schedule – 12/2

Monday, December 2nd

  • 7pm: MPA Meeting
  • 8pm: Dinner Show Committee Meeting for both 9-12 & 7/8
  • 8pm: Drumline Meeting
    • For all students and their parents interested in being a part of Winter Drumline

Tuesday, December 3rd

  • 3:30-4:30pm: 7/8 Color Guard Rehearsal

Wednesday, December 4th

Thursday, December 5th

  • Deadline for student credit for Poinsettia Sales
  • 3:30-4:30pm: 7/8 Color Guard Rehearsal

Friday, December 6th

  • 9-12 Marching Spartans and 7/8 Color Guard should take instruments, uniforms, and equipment home after school in prep for the Montrose Christmas Parade.

Saturday, December 7th

Holiday Open House – 9-12 Orchestra

MPA parent and realtor, Monika Song, invites you to a Christmas Pot Luck Party to fundraise for the LCHS Instrumental Music Program!
  • Time: 4:30-8pm
  • Address: 10046 La Canada Way, Shadow Hills 91040
  • Dress: holiday attire – ladies can wear something danceable
  • Things to Bring: your favorite dishes to share; two chairs if you have them
  • Program:
    • LCHS Orchestra performance at 6pm
    • holiday art show and paintings sale
    • professional model coaching catwalk class 5:30-6
    • dance show: salsa class, 7-8 folk dance, tango class
    • All night Karaoke and cards!
    • There will also be a telescope observatory with a rotating dome and large 10″ telescope to check out, too!

Montrose Christmas Parade – 9-12 Marching Spartans & 7/8 Color Guard

  • 5:15pm: Call time for 9-12 Marching Spartans and 7/8 Color Guard
  • Students should be dropped off at the corner of Honolulu and La Crescenta Ave. for parade staging.
  • Full uniform – NO SHAKO – festive holiday hats are encouraged.
  • Students should take instruments and uniforms after school on Friday.
  • Instrument cases and/or flag bags should be left in the car – we will not return to the staging area.
  • Dismissal is at the end of the parade which is at the corner of Honolulu and Ocean View.
  • Parade website

Weekly Schedule – 11/4

Monday, November 4th

  • 7pm: MPA Meeting, all program parents welcome

Tuesday, November 5th

  • 3:30-4:30pm: 7/8 Color Guard Rehearsal
  • 5:30pm-8:30pm: 9-12 Band & Guard Rehearsal

Thursday, November 7th

  • 3:30-4:30pm: 7/8 Color Guard Rehearsal
  • 5:30pm-8:30pm: 9-12 Band & Guard Rehearsal

Friday, November 8th

9-12 Orchestra Elementary Tour

  • 7:15am: Load truck
  • 7:45am: Load bus, depart LCHS
  • Lunch in Montrose, please bring money for lunch
  • 2:45pm: Arrive back at LCHS
  • Dress is Orchestra sweater and jeans.

Saturday, November 9th

SoCal Super Show
*Please note that the students will be served lunch at the high school before departing for the competition. Light snacks will be served after performance. There will be concessions available at the event.*

  • 9am: Rehearsal on the field
  • 11am: Load truck
  • 11:15am: Lunch is served
  • 12:30pm: Load bus
  • 12:45pm: Depart LCHS
  • 1:45pm: Arrive El Camino CC
  • 2:45pm: Begin Warm-up
  • 3:55pm: Plume on way to Ensemble
  • 3:50pm: Full Ensemble
  • 4:15pm: Pit Departs
  • 4:15pm: Uniforms, tune, water
  • 4:20pm: Pit at Gate
  • 4:20pm: Band Departs
  • 4:25pm: Band at Gate
  • 4:42pm: Performance time
  • 5:12pm: Awards 1A, 2A, 3A
  • 6pm: Change, load truck
  • 6:06pm: Critique (staff only)
  • 6:30pm: Snacks
  • 7pm: Depart El Camino CC
  • 8pm: Arrive at LCHS, unload truck, hang uniforms
  • 8:30pm: Dismissal

We will need Parent Helpers to help with lunch, donations for lunch, and at the competition. Please use this sign-up link to indicate where you would like to help.

Competition Info:

SoCal Super Show
El Camino College Murdock Stadium
16007 Crenshaw Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90506

Tickets: $15 adults / $12 seniors & children ages 5-12

Performance time: 4:42pm

Weekly Schedule – 10/7

Monday, October 7th

  • 7pm: MPA Meeting
  • 8pm: Dinner Show Meeting

Tuesday, October 8th

  • 3:30-4:30pm: 7/8 Color Guard Rehearsal
  • 5:30pm-8:30pm: 9-12 Band & Guard Rehearsal

Thursday, October 10th

  • 3:30-4:30pm: 7/8 Color Guard Rehearsal
  • 5:30-8:30pm: 9-12 Band & Guard Rehearsal

Saturday, October 12th

Ayala “Music in Motion” Competition

  • 9am: Rehearsal begins on the field
    • Regular rehearsal attire
    • Students should bring everything they need for the day with them to rehearsal.
    • Marching shoes
    • Long black socks
    • Lightweight shorts for under the uniform
    • Band shirt
    • Please note: Students will be changing into uniform on the bus, in public with all the other students. Please remind your student to wear appropriate clothes for changing on the bus.
  • 11am: Load truck at the field
  • 11:45am: Lunch is served for all students
  • 12:40pm: Load bus
  • 1pm: Depart LCHS
  • 2pm: Arrive Ayala HS
  • 3pm: Begin warm-up
  • 4:10pm: Plume on the way to full ensemble
  • 4:15pm: Full ensemble
  • 4:40pm: Uniforms, water and tune
  • 4:45pm: Pit at gate
  • 4:55pm: Band at gate
  • 5:14pm: Performance time!
  • 5:30pm: Awards for 1A, 2A and 3A
  • 6pm: Change, load truck
  • 6:30pm: Snacks
  • 7pm: Depart Ayala HS
  • 8pm: Arrive at LCHS, unload truck, hang uniforms
  • 8:30pm: Dismissal

Parent helpers are still needed. We are looking for just a few more donations for our competition at Ayala. We still need:

  • ice
  • small Ranch Dressing for dipping
  • saran wrap
  • frozen UNCRUSTABLES

Click here to sign up.

If your child has allergies, is gluten free, or a vegetarian please email Deb with “Band-Guard Food” in the subject line.

Thank you to those who have so generously agreed to donate time and/or food. We repay you in some terrific memories.

And remember, the students always enjoy the crowd support at the competitions, so please consider attending and cheering loudly!

Competition:

Ayala Music in Motion Tournament
Bulldog Stadium
14255 Peyton Dr.
Chino Hills, CA 91709

Tickets: Adults – $12 / Children 5-12 – $7

Performance time: 5:14pm