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LGHS music staff and volunteers are working hard to plan for another great year!

The 2017 marching show is entitled “The Storm: Drought. Destruction. Life.”  More info to follow...

Thank you to everyone who submitted your paperwork for the Spain trip on time.  If you didn't make the deadline, and still want to register, here is what you need to know....

This week, senior Nitin Srinivasan earned a spot in the 2016 All-National Honors Ensemble for Mixed Choir, which will be held in Grapevine, Texas on November 10-13, 2016.  Nitin has done Coastal Region, State and National Honors Choirs for 4 consecutive years now.

In addition,  several students made it to Coastal Region Honors Ensemble, which will be held at the First United Methodist Church, Palo Alto on November 17-19:

  • Sarah Aaldering
  • Jayne Engelgau
  • Anna Goldman
  • Catherine Julien
  • Molly McCanny
  • Naren Srinivasan
  • Nitin Srinivasan

Congratulations to all students for their talent and effort!

For more information about these organizations and the Honors choirs, please check out their websites:

NafME - http://www.nafme.org/programs/all-national-honor-ensembles/

ACDA Regional Honors Choir - http://www.acdacal.org/calendar-of-events/honor-choirs/all-state-honor-choirs/

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)

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!

Anaheim is all about that Disney magic...and the annual Heritage Festival, where student musicians compete to bring the very best to Mickey's ears. The 2016 Fest took place March 31-April 3 and earned major accolades for the LGHS Music program. LGHS String Orchestra captured a Silver Award, while LGHS Choir took Gold and qualified to perform at the upcoming National Invitational Festival of Gold as well as the 2017-2018 National Youth Choir Festival at Carnegie Hall. 
 
In addition, several students were recognized for Outstanding Solo Performances, including Orchestra's Elisabeth Chang and Choir's Sarah Aaldering, Alex Coady, and Natalya Temple.
 
Also of note, Orchestra student Megan Auyeung has won several piano competitions in 2016, including First Place at the Golden Era of Romantic Music International Competition and at the American Fine Arts Festival. These honors mean Megan will also be heading to New York this summer for two performances at Carnegie Hall!