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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). 

Click here to read about the student leaders of 2015-2016 Marching Band.

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

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

This Fall' LGHS Marching Band and Color Guard Show will be titled "Westward I Go Free" (or maybe just "Westward").  Henry David Thoreau wrote, “Eastward I go by force; but westward I go free... I believe that this is the prevailing tendency of my countrymen.” The 2016 marching band show will be about the West, but not about cowboys or indians or shootouts or cattle rustling or anything like that. It’s about what the West means to America, what it’s meant throughout American history. The West is a symbol of opportunity. It's a place where people came for a new beginning, for generations of pilgrims, settlers, prospectors, refugees of the Dust Bowl, and even tech entrepreneurs. Thoreau also wrote, “Every sunset which I witness inspires me with the desire to go to a west as distant and as fair as that into which the Sun goes down. He appears to migrate westward daily and tempt us to follow him. He is the Great Western Pioneer whom the nations follow.”  The show will feature Thoreau quotes and the music of Aaron Copland.  Sounds exciting!

At the annual LGHS Music Awards & Performances in May, the following students received special recognition from staff for their achievements in 2014-2015. Congratulations to all the honorees!

Instrumental Ensembles

John Philip Sousa Band Award®: Tony Moller

Introduced in 1955, this award honors the top student in the high school band, recognizing superior musicianship, dependability, loyalty, and cooperation.  It was created with the approval of Helen Sousa Albert and Priscilla Sousa, daughters of the famous composer and bandmaster.


National School Orchestra Award®: Shadia Mustafa

The counterpart to the Sousa Band Award®, this is the highest honor bestowed on a member of the high school orchestra, to recognize excellence in playing and contributions to the ensemble.


Louis Armstrong Jazz Award®: Lewis Fowler

This award was inaugurated in 1974, shortly after the great jazz artist died in 1971. It honors the outstanding achievements in the field of jazz as demonstrated through superior musicianship, character, and individual creativity.


George Penniman Award: Joseph Eichel

George Penniman was an LGHS student and drum major in the early 1960s. He was known for his outstanding character and dedication to the LGHS music program, and was a recipient of the Sousa Band Award in 1964. After graduating, he served in Vietnam, and was killed in a training accident in San Diego.  This award was originally created in his honor, and was reinstated in 2010.


LGHS Music Hall of Fame, for selection to Honor Bands: Max Swisher (state), Margaret Field, Elizabeth Gallmeister, Sarah Storton (county)


Outstanding Musician: Laila Sathe

Outstanding Freshman: Elizabeth Gallmeister

Outstanding Orchestra Section: Cellos

Outstanding Wind Ensemble Section: Double Reeds

Outstanding Symphonic Band Section: Low Brass

Most Improved Orchestra Member: Will Fulton

Most Improved Jazz Band Member: Marco Bommarito

Marching Band

National School Marching Award (known as the “Golden Shoe” at LGHS):
James O'Toole

This award recognizes outstanding contributions on the field and honors the musical contributions and dedication of student leaders whose example inspires others.


Percussion "Sticks" Award: Marin Rosenquist

Most Dedicated: Josina-Els Bol

Most Team Spirit: Robby Storton, Travis Welch

Most Improved: Michele Brianti

Outstanding Sections: Tubas & Trumpets

Fall Color Guard

Outstanding Member: Emma Weber

Most Improved: Adrianna Alpern, Joy Wang

Winter Guard

Outstanding Flag: Emma Latta

Outstanding Rifle: Sophia McDaniel

Most Improved Flag: Amanda Land

Most Improved Rifle: Jordan Loesch

Choirs

Chamber, 3rd Period:

Outstanding Ensemble Members: Alex Coady, Kayce Hobson

Chamber, 5th Period:

National Choir Award: Nitin Srinivasan

Outstanding Ensemble Members: Colette Marcellin, Jaina Ponkey

Concert:

Outstanding Ensemble Members: Molly McCanny, Natalya Temple

Fisher DaysIn what's become a popular annual tradition, the Wildcat Band & Color Guard hosted two events with Fisher Middle School students last week. On Wednesday 10/8 they traveled to Fisher (braving soaring temperatures in full uniform) to perform the music from this season's field show in the Fisher quad. Afterward they talked informally with Fisher students about marching band, color guard, and the high school music program. Two days later, on Friday 10/10, Fisher band students joined the LGHS marching band for pep band duty at the football game, watched the halftime show, and enjoyed a post-game Wildcat classic: chili and potatoes.

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