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The Los Gatos High School Wildcat Marching Band is comprised of members of the Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, and Percussion Techniques class in grades 9-12. Marching Band performs with Color Guard at all home football games and in town events, and travels around the local region and state to adjudicated marching band competitions. A team of adult instructors provide students with first-rate instruction on their instrument and their marching. Specialized instructors teach percussion (drumline and front ensemble), woodwinds, brass, marching, flags, rifle/saber, and dance. In addition, a dedicated team of student leaders is always willing to help new members build their individual skills.

The marching season begins before school starts, kicking off with band camp (typically held the two weeks before the first day of school), and concludes with the band's participation in the town's holiday parade in early December. In the fall semester, Marching Band meets after school on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 pm to 8 pm and Saturdays 9 am to 5 pm. After-school rehearsals and competitions end in early December.

Students in Marching Band may earn up to 3 years of Performing Arts credit (grades 9-11), 3 semesters of P.E. credit (grades 10-12), and 1 year of Applied Arts credit (grade 12). 

By the way, we have new uniforms!

Click here to read about the student leaders of 2017-2018 Marching Band.

For competition schedules, results, and media, click here: Marching Band Competitions

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A Parent's Perspective: 18 Lessons Marching Band Teaches Our Kids

A Very Cool Look at High School Marching Bands

Still have questions? We've got answers!  Marching Band & Color Guard FAQs

We need a parent or two to help out with the Jan. 17 8th grade info night... to serve pizza from 5:45-7:30. http://lghsmusic.ivolunteer.com/event_007

The end-of-year Booster Party will be held on Sunday, 12/3/17 at the Field residence; you should have received an eVite. All parents are welcome, so long as you don’t wear orange! Please sign up on the eVite for what you’re planning to bring.

Ian and Graham HoutsSeniors Ian Houts and Graham Houts (left and right in photo) have landed spots in the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars for 2016-17, the first LGHS students to do so via a highly competitive audition process that attracts top high school players from all over Northern California. Ian, who plays both upright and electric bass, will perform in the All-Stars Big Band, and Graham will play guitar in both the Big Band and the eight-piece All-Stars Combo. Highlights of the coming year will include performing with sax great Joshua Redman at the SFJAZZ Center in December, competing in the Mingus Festival in NYC, and taking the stage at a jazz conference in New Orleans.

Previously the twin brothers played percussion in LGHS Marching Band and Wind Ensemble, earned a 2015 Reno Jazz Fest award as bassist and guitarist in an LGHS Jazz Combo, and performed with the Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band and the San Jose Jazz High School All-Stars.

... Congratulations to Ian and Graham!

(photos courtesy of r.r. jones)