SCHS Music Notes

December 2, 2019

Welcome Back!

Last week, as good as it was for many of us, went by in a blink! I know today snuck up on me, as I'm sure it did for many.

While I would have loved to have a few more days to sleep in, I am excited to usher in a new term and to move forward with our amazing school year!

As Always, December is a busy time of year for us in the music program, please take a moment to check out the awesome events headed our way!

Winter Concert & Silent Auction is Next Week!

Check out the Auction Teasers, and Student Schedule Below!

Please, also, if you can, we need volunteer ticket takers, stage monitors, and food for the kiddos! Click the Sign Up Genius Link below to sign up to help.

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Purchase / Reserve Concert Tickets

ASB Webstore Registration May Be Required


Call Time & Dress Rehearsal on Stage: 4:30pm

Dinner: 6:00pm ***Costco Pizza & Salad***

Pre-Concert Talk: 6:45 in music room

Concert Downbeat: 7:00pm

PAC Rules:

  • No food or drinks are permitted in the PAC (excepting water in a sealable container).
  • Do Not touch any curtains or equipment other than chairs/stands.
  • When sitting in the audience, do not rest feet on chairs or stage edge. Do not climb over rails or seats.
  • String Students: Do not apply Rosin inside the PAC. Please do so in the music room or outside.
  • Winds: Be sure to use a cloth to catch your "condensation" if applicable.

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This Week's Featured Auction Packages!

The Silent Auction: What to Expect

In the event you've never seen or participated in a silent auction, here are some facts about what a silent auction is, how to bid, and how you can help it be a successful fundraiser for our students.

What is a Silent Auction?

Silent auctions are auctions held without an auctioneer. People place their bids on sheets of paper instead. They're often used by charities to raise money, but they can be tricky to put together. With good planning (and wonderful volunteers such as ours), it can be quite the successful fundraiser!

How do I bid?

Because silent auctions are held without an auctioneer, bids are written on a sheet of paper that is commonly placed before or next to the item. At the predetermined end of the auction, the highest listed bidder wins the item. This auction is often used in charity events, with many items auctioned simultaneously and "closed" at a common finish time. Our Auction's bidding will close and the conclusion of our Intermission.

How do I pay when I win?

Between the closing few numbers of the concert, our winners will be announced.

Immediately following the conclusion of the Winter Concert, our wonderful volunteers will be waiting for you in the lobby to receive payments for winning items and grab and go gift cards. You can pay most easily with cash, or electronically online via an ASB Webstore "ASK" labeled SCHS Music Silent Auction.

***If you will be paying electronically, it will expedite the process if you already have an account through the ASB Webstore. If you had one last year but have not recreated one this year, you will need to do so.

Click Here to Create a Webstore Account

Barnes & Noble Gift Wrapping Fundraiser!

Originally our sign up sheet had three dates for this fundraiser, but we were only scheduled for 12/21 & 12/22. Please, if you are able to sign up for the dates listed! We need:

  • Wrappers: Should be proficient in wrapping and/or trained prior to event - i.e. sharp, clean edges with minimal tape usage and straight cut edges and folds; tight ribbons and bows. Tips are dependent on this!

  • Assistants: organize crowds, checks receipts while they wait in line for wrapping, asks choice or wrapping, can cut appropriate-sized wrapping paper ready for the next available wrapper - basically helps move things along when there is a wrapping line. This person can also assist with handing out gift tags and pens. Assistant does not have to be proficient in wrapping just be willing to communicate politely and clearly with the public.

  • Greeters: cheerfully greet customers at the door or standing in line to pay and inform of free gift wrapping services offered by Sage Creek HS Music.

  • Entertainers: i.e. Jazz Combo, Drumline, Christmas Chamber Groups set up to play outside B&N to draw customers in.


Please Only ADD Information (do not change anyone else's sign up).

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Sage Creek Foundation Arts Liaison NEEDED!

Now that the year is underway, we can begin to prepare for an eventful season in Theatre, Music, Dance, Photography, 3D Design, Arts 1, 2, 3 and AP Art History.

With our concerts, performances, visual arts shows and community outreach, we are looking for a few parents to help support us alongside the Sage Creek Foundation. Our hope is for these parent leaders to meet with teachers and members of the Foundation once a month.

We are looking for any parent with experience in organizing, event planning, decorating, fundraising and leadership. We are requesting about 4 hours of your time a month with any of these roles and can discuss VAPA parent support committee groups in greater detail in December when the committee is formed. These parents would act as Arts Liaisons for the Sage Creek Foundation and our VAPA team.

FYI: While committee members don't all have to be music parents, it would be great to have music represented. We will be diving into the Festival of the Arts very soon!

Please let me know if you are interested!

Upcoming Events!!!

MCCSO Winter Concert


Take a few Sleigh Rides with the symphony, open The Twelve Gifts, Celebrate a Mira Costa Christmas and hear Rutter's Gloria.

It Sells out Fast! Buy Your Tickets Today!

Christmas Music by Jewish Songwriters

Carols of Carlsbad

See our Jazz Combo Perform this Saturday, December 7th at 3:00 PM!
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Trombone Christmas!!! Saturday, December 14

The Anaheim event will be on Saturday, December 14, 2019

The All Western Trombone Christmas Concert is given to promote and encourage the fellowship and musicianship of slide trombone players through the performance of Christmas music. Thanks to all who participated last year, it was a great success! Be sure to tell your friends and join us for this year's Trombone Christmas.

To register for the Anaheim event click below...

Westminster Brass Ensemble! Sunday, December 15 & Monday, December 16

This is an AMAZING CONCERT and is well worth the Drive! These are professional musicians who play regularly in the LA Philharmonic, LA Opera, Hollywood Bowl, and in studio orchestras for the film industry!

Make a day of it!

Looking to Help?

Your Donations Are Important!

It may surprise you to know that as a music program, our funding from the district and school is very limited! In fact, we have already used up our site funds purchasing some much needed new instruments. That means that many of the opportunities we want for these fine young musicians, will need some help from you!

At this point, we have funds for sheet music, some minor repairs and not much else.

From your Donations, students will benefit from the following:

  • Coaching (more individualized instruction on their instrument)
  • Transportation and Fees for Music Festivals, Professional Performances, & Events
  • Master Classes
  • Instrument Purchases & Repairs
  • Sheet Music Purchases
  • Awards Banquets
  • Fun Music Excursions & Experiences

Here's how you can help!

I understand that these days, making ends meet is a challenge for many! But, there are many ways you can help to support our program and its students. Please, help in whichever ways you can!

  • Monetary Donation ($60 per trimester is recommended)
  • Instrument or Equipment Donation
  • Amazon Wishlist Item Donation
  • Volunteering for Music Events (ticket sales, student supervision, concessions, etc.)
  • Joining the Music Guild (survey linked below)
  • Attending Parent Meetings (see Google Calendars)
  • Creating a home environment that promotes practicing at home.
Donate via ASB Webstore

* You will likely need to "register" your account, as our ASB is using new software this year.

Stay Up To Date!

Calendar Updates & Changes to Note:

Sometimes new events pop up or old ones get canceled/rescheduled! Here are some changes we've got to date:

  • ADDED (tentatively): Barnes & Noble 3rd day of Gift Wrapping Fundraiser (Friday, December 20th). This would be in addition to our two days that Saturday and Sunday.

  • ADDED: Carols of Carlsbad: Saturday, December 7th (more details coming soon)

Subscribe to our Calendars!


Sign Up for the Gift Wrapping Fundraiser!

On Saturday & Sunday, December 21-22 (with a possible added date on Friday 12/20), we will be at Barnes & Noble (in Encinitas) wrapping gifts for donations. Last year, we only did one day and brought in approximately $800.

This is a great (and fun) fundraiser, where the kids get to bond and represent SCHS music out in the community.

Please click the button below to look at job descriptions (*note our certified wrappers), and SIGN UP to commit to a shift.