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.

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

Festival & Snack Bar

Here are the performance times for Festival. This is a judged performance, however, you’re invited to attend. The performances will be in the auditorium:

  • 9-12 Orchestra: 8am
  • 7/8 Orchestra: 8:30am
  • 9-12 Band: 9am
  • 7/8 Band: 3:45pm

Each year, we host a Snack Bar during the all-day Festival. There will be 11 different schools visiting our campus to perform in the Festival. These students enjoy purchasing snacks throughout the day.

We need helpers to sell the snacks and volunteers to donate items for us to sell to the hungry kids.

Please click here to sign-up to work, donate, or even do both!

Thanks for your support of the Instrumental Music Program!

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

7/8 to Disneyland

Just nine days to go! On February 25th, all 7/8 Band and Orchestra students will be traveling to Disneyland, which means NOW is the time to turn in your field trip form and $100 which covers Disneyland entrance, transportation, and the recording session.

7/8 students will rehearse and record various tracks of Disney movie scenes and be conducted by a Disney recording session conductor! All checks should be made payable to “LCHS MPA.”

Please contact Mr. Myers with any questions.

7/8 Rehearsals

Tomorrow, Thursday, January 30th, we will have a Combined Rehearsal with 7/8 Band and 7/8 Orchestra during zero “0” period to prepare for the Dinner Show on Saturday, February 1st.

Please have your student arrive on time and be ready to rehearse at 7:30am.

Any questions? Please contact Mr. Myers.

Weekly Schedule – 1/27

Monday, January 27th

  • 6:30-9pm: Musical Pit Rehearsal
  • 7pm: Dinner Show Committee Meeting – Lynskey Home

Tuesday, January 28th

  • 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
  • 8pm: Winter Guard Parent Meeting

Wednesday, January 29th

  • 6:30-9pm: Jazz Band Rehearsal

Thursday, January 30th

  • Deadline to Register for Practice Test Fundraiser
  • 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, January 31st

  • Last day to purchase 7/8 Dinner Show tickets at reduced rate.

Saturday, February 1st

  • SAT/ACT Practice Test Fundraiser, if you registered.

7/8 Dinner Show

  • 6pm: Call time at La Canada Presbyterian Church
    • Concert Wear
    • Bring instrument & music
  • 6-7pm: Eat dinner
  • 7pm: Performers meet Mr. Myers in Chapel for warm ups
  • 7:30pm: All guests move to Chapel for concert
  • 7:45pm: Concert Begins
  • 8:30-9:30: Desert in the main hall

1st Annual 7/8 Dinner Show

1st Annual Celebrate Music 7/8 Dinner Show

Saturday, February 1st

La Canada Presbyterian Church

This year we will have a 7/8 Dinner Show featuring our 7/8 Band and 7/8 Orchestra.

The evening will be held at La Canada Presbyterian Church and will begin at 6pm.

A delicious pasta dinner will be catered by Stella’s, a silent auction which will finish at the 9-12 event on February 22nd, performances by our 7/8 students and dessert! It’ll be a fun evening with beautiful music!

Please invite your family, friends, neighbors… Anyone you know.

Tickets are now available! Click here to purchase and see more information.

Helpers are needed throughout the 7/8 Dinner Show. Please click to sign up. 9-12 parents and students are encouraged to help!

Please note that ALL performing 7/8 students must purchase a dinner ticket for their meal at a cost of $15.

1st Annual 7/8 Dinner Show – February 1st

1st Annual 7/8 Dinner Show

Saturday, February 1st

Tickets Available Soon!

Each year, the Music Parents host a Dinner Show as a fundraiser for the Instrumental Music Program. This year, we will have two Dinner Shows… The first one featuring the 7/8 groups on Saturday, February 1st, and second featuring the 9-12 groups on Saturday, February 22nd.  The Dinner Show is our biggest fundraiser of the year. Without it, our program would not continue at the level it is today.
The 7/8 Dinner Show will be held at La Canada Presbyterian Church (Foothill Blvd.) and will begin at 6pm.

A delicious pasta dinner will be catered by Stella’s, a silent auction, performances by our 7/8 students, and dessert! It’ll be a fun evening with beautiful music!

Please invite your family, friends, neighbors – anyone you know.

Tickets will be available soon… %55 adults, $30 students, $15 for performing students.

Volunteers Needed

7/8 Band & Orchestra Winter Concert w/ ALF

We need a couple of 7/8 parents to help serve the pizza dinner for all 7/8 students and all ALF students. We will set up at 4:30pm in the Cafeteria and we’ll be finished by 6:30pm so everyone will be able to attend the concert! If you are willing, please contact Nadia Ali.

9-12 Band & Orchestra Winter Spectacular

We will be having a reception after the Winter Spectacular for all students and audience members.

All 9-12 Band and Orchestra families, please click on the link to sign-up!