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

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

Winter Drumline/Dayton Fees

Dear Winter Drumline Families:

So sad to see the Winter Drumline season end so suddenly, especially after our students have been working so hard in anticipation of competing at Dayton, Ohio. Additionally, we spent many hours planning all the logistics for this trip and are now spending many hours undoing all that hard work and we are working on getting refunds from WGI and Southwest Airlines as the MPA has already paid for the flights and the event registration and tickets for our students.

Regarding Dayton Trip refunds to parents, we have families that have paid in full or partially for the Dayton, Trip. We would like to offer the following options in terms of reimbursement.

  • The amount you paid will be moved to your student’s account for future contributions and trips for the program.
  • We can reimburse you directly with a check for amount you paid to date for Dayton, Ohio trip.
  • Apply part of the reimbursement to cover your student’s contributions of $500 for the Winter Drumline program and reimburse to you the remainder.

We have many students who have not paid the $500 contribution for this season. We can apply part of your reimbursement to offset those dues. Please keep in mind that although our season is ending early, we have incurred most of the costs of the program. This includes the instructor costs, new uniforms, registration fees, new stage floor, new props, transportation, and equipment. While we are asking each family to pay $500 per student for the season, this does not cover the full cost of the Winter DL program to the MPA. Therefore, we appreciate your support and contributions to support not just Winter Drumline but the Instrumental Music Program overall.

Additionally, for those families who have not paid for Dayton and have not paid for the Winter Drumline program, we ask that you please send in a check for $500 made out to “LCHS MPA.” The checks can be dropped off in the black lockbox in the band room or mailed to:
P.O. Box 1307
La Cañada, CA 91012

If you cannot remember what you have paid with regard to the Dayton Trip and Winter DL contribution please reach out to the MPA Treasurer, Marshall Bohannon and he can email you your student balance to date. Please put “Winter Drumline Contributions” in the subject line.

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

Elizabeth Bohannon
LCHS MPA Board President
Mobile: 818-257-1210

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

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 – 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

9-12 Orchestra Winter Retreat

9-12 Orchestra Winter Retreat!

Friday, January 24th

  • Come to school with gear & store in Band Room till after school
  • After school: load buses, leave approx. 4pm for Angeles Crest Christian Camp
  • Approx. 5pm: Arrive at camp
  • Get settled in cabins
  • 5:30pm: Dinner
  • 6:30-9:30pm: Evening activities; s’mores, games
  • 9:30-10pm: cabins, lights out

Saturday, January 25th

  • 8:30am: Breakfast
  • 9:30-11:30am: Sectionals
  • 12pm: Lunch
  • 1:30-4:30pm: Afternoon activities
  • 5:30pm: Dinner
  • 6:30-7:30pm: Full rehearsal
  • 7:30-9:30pm: Evening activities
  • 9:30-10pm: cabins, lights out

Sunday, January 26th

  • Cabins must be cleared by 10am. After waking up, pack your belongings and bring them to the rehearsal room
  • 8:30am: Breakfast
  • 10-11am: Full rehearsal
  • 11:30am: Lunch
  • 12:30-1pm: Load buses, leave camp
  • 1:30-2pm: Arrive LCHS

Retreat Location

Angeles Christian Camp

Weather Information

What to Bring

  • Instrument
  • music
  • folding music stand
  • water bottle
  • lip balm
  • sleeping bag & pillow
  • towel & washcloth
  • toiletries
  • 1 bag for clothes: good coat, good shoes, sweaters, hat, gloves

What NOT to Bring

  • weapons
  • anything flammable
  • drugs
  • alcohol
  • vaping
  • food

Winter Retreat – Payment Due

Payment Due at End of 1st Semester

It’s time to start thinking about the Winter Retreat! The dates will be after school on Friday, January 24th through Sunday afternoon, January 26th.

There will be lots of fun in the mountains, practice of upcoming Festival music, have special coaching sessions, lots of good food and snacks, and super fun times with your friends.

The cost is $325 per student. If you haven’t already paid, now is the time. Checks should be made out to “LCHS MPA,” and put in the black box in the Band Room.

If any parents would like to volunteer to chaperone, please contact Yvonne Lim.

Winter Retreat Snacks

As we prepare for the Winter Retreat, we’re looking for families to sign-up to help out with the snacks. Please click on the link and sign-up! The students are always so appreciative of the snacks!

Also, if you still need to pay for the Winter Retreat, please do so. It just makes everything easier if you are paid and ready to go.

Please click on the link check the box for Winter Retreat and pay online or with a check made payable to LCHS MPA and placed in the black locked box in the Band Room.

If you have questions, please contact Ms. Munday or Yvonne Lim.

NY Trip – Payment Deadline

Encore Tours, the company arranging the New York trip, has indicated that some participants have only paid the deposit of $200. Please go to the website and make a payment of $1000 prior to December 22nd to be sure your student has an airline seat.

After December 22nd, all participants that have not paid a total of $1200 will be dropped from the trip.

If you are planning on using funds from your student’s account, please email Mr. Stone and let him know so he can communicate that to the tour company. (And be sure to let Mr. Bohannon know that you are planning on using the student account. The deadline for that is December 19th.)

For questions, please contact Mr. Stone.