The Santa Monica High School
The Concert Band Program
The foundation and heart of the Samohi Instrumental Music Program consists of the Concert Bands. The primary instruction in woodwind, brass and percussion technique and musicianship occurs here. Advanced students may earn opportunities to augment their music education through participation in the marching band, and orchestra/jazz programs. All students, however, must maintain good standing in their assigned concert band in order attain eligibility in these ensembles.
One of the most outstanding high school bands in California, meeting the highest national and international standards for wind and percussion music. This ensemble is reserved for the most advanced music students, membership by selection. Seniors are given special consideration, but are not automatically admitted. Students should prepare and expect to perform grade 5 and 6 literature on a regular basis (literature written for college and professional ensembles).
Samohi’s “second wind ensemble” performs at a level comparable to most high school “first wind ensembles.” Students should expect to perform grade 4 and 5 literature throughout the year (literature written for advanced high school and college level ensembles). Membership is by selection.
The Samohi Concert Band is our mid-level performance ensemble. Students should expect to perform grade 3 and 4 literature (written for intermediate to advanced high school ensembles). The instruction addresses performance and rehearsal skills and rudiments that form the foundation for musical growth and participation in more advanced ensembles. Students acquire fundamental skills (knowledge of scales, reading ability, rehearsal procedure, etc. ) to progress to more advanced literature. Students should expect to perform grade 2 to 4 literature throughout the year (written for intermediate ensembles). Students who choose not to audition may be assigned to this ensemble regardless of playing ability.