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

Ms. Munday’s News & Notes…

I hope all is well with all of you and your loved ones. This is a trying time, and I believe it is especially trying for parents. Suddenly, children are at home and every age has its unique set of challenges. You are all on my mind and in my thoughts. If you have any questions, contact me.

This coming week, the orchestra students have been asked to upload a video to Classroom of themselves playing. They are playing what they worked on last week.

Encourage your child to use playing their instrument each day as part of their daily schedule. Maybe they would like to do a FaceTime duet or trio with their friends. Maybe they would like to write some music. There is so much music online. One student told me that they downloaded some video game music to play. Brilliant!

Yo Yo Ma has started #songsofcomfort. There are some really nice videos on YouTube that regular people have made. I have enjoyed listening to them.

My goal for the students is to have them keep playing and to enjoy what they’re doing. I’m going to attach a banjo video from Steve Martin, it’s wonderful to hear.

Take care!

9-12 Orchestra Info – Distance Learning

I hope this message finds all of you well and coping with our new challenges. We are moving through uncharted waters, and I want to keep the lines of communication open between us.

Please feel free to contact Ms. Munday with any questions or concerns that arise.

As school is still in session, although not at a physical place, this brings up a very specific challenge for a performance class, such as Orchestra. After much thought, Ms. Munday feels the best way to address this is for each student to practice, on their own, for at least 30 minutes per day. Many already do this, and they will continue! Many, however, are not able to manage daily practice because of their classes and activities, and this time at home opens up practicing possibilities to those students.

Parents are important to this assignment. Please encourage (nag) your child to accomplish this. Ms. Munday has asked the students to practice the scales and solo they will play for their jury/final in May. They need to fill out a Google form on Classroom by Tuesday telling Ms. Munday the name and composer of the solo they have chosen. After next week, they will be directed to upload a video of what they have worked on to Classroom so I can see their progress.

Make sure they have their instrument at home to practice. There is also lots of music at school for all instruments, solos and etudes, if your student needs that. Ms. Munday will be at school Monday morning if anyone needs to get their instrument or needs help with finding music.

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

New York and Dayton Trips Cancelled

As many of you already know, both the NYC trip and the Dayton trip were cancelled today. We are very sorry as our students have worked very, very hard for both of these trips and were really looking forward to performing and competing.

We know you have many questions regarding the trip payments and we are working on solutions for both trips. We will provide an update in a few days once we have more information.

Thank you for your patience and continued support of the LCHS Instrumental Music Program.

Elizabeth Bohannon
MPA President
Mobile: 818-257-1210

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

21st Annual Dinner Show Copy

21st Annual Celebrate Music Dinner Show & Fundraising Gala

Saturday, February 22nd

La Canada Country Club

CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION!

The 9-12 Dinner Show will be held at the La Canada Country Club on Saturday, February 22nd and will begin at 5:30pm.

A delicious dinner, silent auction, live auction, and performances by each of our 9-12 groups. It’ll be a great evening of food, friendship, and fantastic music. Please join us!

Tickets are $100 adults, $35 students, $25 for performing students, and $15 for the After Party.

All persons attending the Dinner Show must purchase a ticket. Please pre-purchase… Walk-in tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and will NOT guarantee a seat.

Sponsorships

Please consider becoming a sponsor to the Instrumental Music Program… It’s a donation to the best program on campus! It’s not too late to purchase a sponsorship (however, you will not receive recognition in the program) and it’s the only way to have reserved seating!

Sponsorship levels include:

Guardian – $1500
8 reserved dinner tickets;
Jazz Band after party;
40 raffle tickets

Benefactor – $1000
6 reserved dinner tickets;
Jazz Band after party;
20 raffle tickets

Patron – $500
4 reserved dinner tickets;
Jazz Band after party;
10 raffle tickets

Sponsor – $300
2 reserved dinner tickets;
Jazz Band after party;
5 raffle tickets

Supporter – $150
1 reserved dinner ticket;
Jazz Band after party;
2 raffle tickets

By becoming a sponsor, your seat will be reserved at the Dinner Show. This is the only way to reserve seats at the show.

Raffle Tickets

Raffle tickets are available but they’re going fast! Cost is one ticket for $5 or 5 tickets for $20.

We have some great prizes and you don’t have to be present to win! So let’s get selling. All of these proceeds will go towards the fundraising of the Dinner Show.

Prizes

Grand Prize: DJI Mavic Mini Drone with Fly More Combo Package

2nd Prize: Nintendo Switch with Mario Kart & Super Smash Bros

3rd Prize: Air Pods Pro

21st Annual Dinner Show

21st Annual Celebrate Music Dinner Show & Fundraising Gala

Saturday, February 22nd

La Canada Country Club

CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION!

The 9-12 Dinner Show will be held at the La Canada Country Club on Saturday, February 22nd and will begin at 5:30pm.

A delicious dinner, silent auction, live auction, and performances by each of our 9-12 groups. It’ll be a great evening of food, friendship, and fantastic music. Please join us!

Tickets are $90 adults (early bird), $35 students, $25 for performing students, and $15 for the After Party. February 14th is the last day for early bird prices.

All persons attending the Dinner Show must purchase a ticket. Please pre-purchase… Walk-in tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and will NOT guarantee a seat.

Sponsorships/Tickets

Please consider becoming a sponsor to the Instrumental Music Program… It’s a donation to the best program on campus! Sponsorships must be purchased by February 14th for recognition in the program.

Sponsorship levels include:

Guardian – $1500
8 reserved dinner tickets;
Jazz Band after party;
40 raffle tickets

Benefactor – $1000
6 reserved dinner tickets;
Jazz Band after party;
20 raffle tickets

Patron – $500
4 reserved dinner tickets;
Jazz Band after party;
10 raffle tickets

Sponsor – $300
2 reserved dinner tickets;
Jazz Band after party;
5 raffle tickets

Supporter – $150
1 reserved dinner ticket;
Jazz Band after party;
2 raffle tickets

By becoming a sponsor, your seat will be reserved at the Dinner Show. This is the only way to reserve seats at the show.

Silent Auction

There’s still time to add items to the Silent Auction! If you have anything that you would like to donate or if you would be willing to contact local businesses to donate items to benefit the Instrumental Music Program, please let Jospehine Alvarez-Salazar know.

In years past we have had donations of Disney/California Adventure passes; Lakers Tickets; Dodgers Tickets; certificates to hair salons, Gift cards to restaurants; Music lessons; Tickets to Jimmy Kimmel; a weekend at Mammoth… Use your imagination – any donation is welcome.

This year we will again have the Silent Auction online. The Auction is now open and it’s time to bid, bid, bid!

Raffle Tickets

Raffle Tickets will be available soon! Cost is one ticket for $5 or 5 tickets for $20.

We have some great prizes and you don’t have to be present to win! So let’s get selling. All of these proceeds will go towards the fundraising of the Dinner Show.

Prizes

Grand Prize: DJI Mavic Mini Drone with Fly More Combo Package

2nd Prize: Nintendo Switch with Mario Kart & Super Smash Bros

3rd Prize: Air Pods Pro

Senior Tributes – DUE FEBRUARY 14th!

If your student is a Senior this year, you will want to put an ad in the Dinner Show program. All senior parents should have received a separate email this week. If not, we apologize and please consider this your notification.

If you would like to place a Senior Tribute, please click on the link and you’ll find all the instructions and information. Cost is $50.

Dinner Show – Senior Tributes 2020

The deadline for submitting Senior Tributes is Friday, February 14!

Weekly Schedule – 1/20

Monday, January 20th

  • No School

Tuesday, January 21st

  • 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 22nd

  • Concerto Concert Auditions after School
  • 6:30-9pm: Jazz Band Rehearsal
  • 7pm: Dinner Show Committee Meeting – Thuss House

Thursday, January 23rd

  • 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

Friday, January 24th – Sunday January 26th