Welcome to Los Gatos High School Music!

Congratulations to our NAFME, CODA, & CCDA winners!

Upcoming events:

  • 3/2/18:  orchestra concert with Fischer Middle School:  7pm at Fischer Middle School
  • 3/27/18:  Spring Choir concert: 6pm (combined choir with FMS at 7pm)
  • 3/28/18:  Spain band (5pm) and choir (5:30 pm) rehearsals
  • 3/28/18:  MANDATORY Spain meeting 7pm
  • 4/5/18:  SPAIN!

Make sure to update your information in Charms!!!!  It is critical that we have a way to get in touch with parents and students and we rely on the Charms program to that end. Therefore, we need all new and returning families to check and update your contact information in Charms.  Click here for detailed instructions on updating your information: Charms Instructions.

Login here:  Charms Login

Shadow a Leader, earn some points: as a reminder, we are looking for potential leaders for next year and are offering points this season to people who shadow a current leader. If you’re interested in finding out more, email Eleanor at egallmeister@yahoo.com.

WBA finals room reservation page and other information here!

Check here for other recent news.

All Music Sign-Up forms are online here: Sign Up!    

General Info About the Music Program

Los Gatos High School is proud to offer a comprehensive music program for students in grades 9-12, with a AAAA marching band and color guard, 2 concert bands, 2 orchestras, 3 choirs, 1 jazz band, 2 courses in music theory, and a percussion techniques class. The program also offers indoor winter guard and a winter percussion ensemble. 

LGHS Music ensembles have recently earned multiple accolades, including CMEA Unanimous Superior ratings, Heritage Music Festival program sweepstakes, a major Reno Jazz Festival Combo award, and several top percussion awards at WGI and NCPA regional and western championships. LGHS has been recognized as a Grammy Signature School Semi-Finalist and in 2014-2015 received a NAMM Foundation SupportMusic Merit Award. In addition, LGHS students frequently land top spots in county and state honor bands.

Every four years, the program embarks on an international summer performance tour. In 2018, we wil bre touring Spain over Spring Break!  In 2014, concert, orchestra, and choir students toured England, where they collaborated with world-renowned American composer Frank Ticheli, performed in major historic venues in London, York, and Harrogate, and participated in the Harrogate International Music Festival. Click on Photos & Videos to see and hear our music students deliver those, and other, world-class performances.

Due to its tremendous growth in recent years, and the passage of a local bond measure by a community that generously supports music education, LGHS Music will soon enjoy a new home on the Los Gatos High campus, where a state-of the-art facility better suited to meet the needs of a growing program is under development.

Explore this site to learn more about all facets of the program, and be sure to click on the About section to read about our outstanding students, faculty, and boosters parents. LGHS students and families are invited to join the program in its ongoing musical journey—whether by enrolling in one or more of its stellar programs, by volunteering to support its activities, or by attending one or more ensemble performances throughout the year.

See you in class . . . and at the show!

Life Lines

Below are a few questions we received from our meeting of February 7, 2018.


Do we get all the information via email?  Yes, with the exception of the 2 last meetings, March 28 and Luggage night on April 4, you will get information via Charms email.  Information is also posted on the Spain website after it is sent out.


When do we turn in luggage?  Luggage will be weighed(must be less than 50 pounds) and checked (for musical performance clothing) night on April 4 from 4-8 pm.  Specific time to be determined for each ensemble group.


When leaving for lunch do students leave in groups?  Yes, students will always be with at least 1 other student when they have free time.


Who will handle passports if not individual students?  The trip leaders(Jennifer Page, Juliet Settlemier-Ivey or Cathy Field) will control the passports during the duration of the trip.  Passports will be handed to the student immediately prior to use then collected again by chaperones and handed into trip leaders.  They will be locked in the hotel safe when not in use.


How do I get a credit card for my daughter?  I recommend going to your bank and discussing your needs with a customer service agent.  Or you can go online and research the best ones for international use. Be sure to set up a 4 digit pin as these are often required overseas.


How large can a suitcase be and other packing related questions?  This information is directly from American Airline’s website, our carrier for this trip.


Your carry on bag shouldn’t exceed 22 x 14 x 9 inches / 56 x 36 x 23 centimeters (including handles and wheels)


Musical instruments are also considered a carry-on item and must fit in the overhead bin or under the seat in front of you.


For checked bags: We calculate the size limits of your bag by adding the total outside dimensions of each bag, length + width + height.

For all regions, your checked baggage allowance is:

  • Dimension: 62 in / 158 cm
  • Weight: 50 lbs / 23 kgs
  • Fees for an overweight bag are $100 (51-70 pounds)  You will be responsible for this fee if you go over.  Don’t go over:)
  • Per TSA: You are allowed to bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes in your carry-on bag and through the checkpoint. These are limited to travel-sized containers that are 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less per item. Placing these items in the small bag and separating from your carry-on baggage facilitates the screening process. Pack items that are in containers larger than 3.4 ounces or 100 milliliters in checked baggage.

What types of clothes can I bring?

Here is a 3 step rule to follow for tops:

  1. Put on the top and look in a long mirror.  
  2. Do you see your shoulder or undergarments? If yes, then don’t pack it.
  3. Put your arms over your head. See midriff? Don’t pack it.  


  • For shorts and skirts - no shorter that 6” above the knee. (this is not inseam)
  • No leggings as pants.
  • No clothes with holes or shredding.
  • No t-shirts with graphic sayings or images.  A small logo is okay.  

I need a few parent volunteers to measure the students for uniforms this Wednesday, 12/20/17, at 6pm. Please email me if you’re interested in helping out.

Because it conflicts with the Christmas Tree Pickup fundraiser, we are rescheduling the Saturday January 6th practice to Sunday January 7th, 1pm - 9pm. This is the last day of winter break before you return to school. Please email me immediately if you are not able to come. We’ve never rehearsed on a Sunday before, so I understand if there are some schedule conflicts.

I’m sorry about the multiple schedule changes. This is a complicated part of the school year. The calendar is up-to-date at http://lghsmusic.org/calendar. Please remember to email me early about any schedule conflicts, particular during weeks that we have competitions.

Winter Guard with Saratoga High School:

- A note from Mariah Hemminger:

This year, due to timing of how the fall season has gone, Mr. Pens and I discussed combining with the Saratoga Guard. This would require a lot of commitment but would be extremely beneficial to the guard members. 

I know not all of the students would be able to join, so I am going to be holding some clinics throughout the spring to teach more techniques, get the middle school involved a little more, and try and get friends of our members interested. 


  • Parents and students would be required to go to the informational meeting on the 12th at Saratoga High School. —This meeting should have a more solid schedule with times for the whole season 
  • Starting in January, almost every Saturday is a rehearsal day. This Saturday (12/9) there is a 8am-12pm rehearsal.
  • They do all of the “8th period” class time which runs from 2:15-3:45, LGHS students would need to get there asap after class. Some weeks are M/W/F, some weeks are T/TH
  • There is also a facebook group for the students to get any additional info when the season gets going
  • There is a camp 1/1-1/5 with the Evaluation Show on 1/6. The bulk of the show would be learned at this camp, so it would be extremely important to be there for all of it. 

If any students or parents have any questions, please have them e-mail Mariah Hemminger at m.hemminger@yahoo.com