SCHS Music Notes

November 11, 2019

Thank You Veterans and to all of our Fall Concert Patrons and Volunteers!

On November 11th, we celebrate our veterans who have made such great sacrifices to keep us and our way of living safe. Thank You!

Thank You to all who came to our concert this past friday Honoring these brave people. I think you'll agree that it was not only a wonderful tribute, but also a testament to the exceptional talent, hard work, and leadership of our young musicians. I am beyond proud of how these students performed and carried themselves that evening.

Thank you to our wonderful volunteers who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to keep the kids fed, safe (and silent) backstage, and to our ticket takers who helped us roll out a new will call system to accompany online ticket purchases. Without you, our night would have not gone nearly as smoothly.

I can only look forward now to what potential the remainder of the year carries for us! Nearly a month away now, we've got our Winter Concert and the much anticipated Annual Silent Auction!

Upcoming Events!!!

Matilda Pit Auditions are Tomorrow!

Students can find audition information in Google Classroom (note: there is a parent signature required).

Our Next Parent Meeting is TOMORROW NIGHT at Pizza Port Bressi Ranch!

As we get closer to the Winter Concert and Silent Auction, we will mostly be focusing on this and on our Gift Wrapping Fundraiser.

Please make every effort to attend this meeting if you are helping out with either event.

***If you have donation items (ie: craft beer, 90+ point wines, or gift cards) for the silent auction, Please bring them to this meeting!

Thank You!

Parent Meeting: Silent Auction & Barnes & Noble Volunteers

Tuesday, Nov. 12th, 7-8pm

2730 Gateway Road

Carlsbad, CA

At Pizza Port Bressi Ranch (likely in the upstairs portion).

Please RSVP if you are volunteering for either event so we can ensure enough seating!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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!

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SCHS Annual Winter Concert & Silent Auction!

See Auction Teaser Below.

Concert Flyer & Ticketing Information Coming Soon!

Trombone Christmas!!! Saturday, December 13

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...

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.

Be on the lookout for a sign-up sheet for shifts, in which our kids will sign up to wrap, meet n' greet, or entertain!

In other News:

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This week's featured Silent Auction Packages!

Get excited! The prospect of winning one (or both) of these fantastic packages is only four weeks away!

A Marvelous [Date] Night for a Moondance (a.k.a Get out of the Dog House package):

The ultimate in a romantic date: learn a little dance then relax with dinner & drinks on the beach. The warm and friendly team at Arthur Murray Dance Studio Solana Beach will give you 2 professional dance lessons to learn any social or ballroom dance of your choice. No previous dance experience necessary. Learn basic swing for that next wedding or class reunion, the Hustle or foxtrot for your next cruise, or get sizzling with the latest (and easiest) Latin dance craze, Bachata. Lessons are good for one person or a couple per session. Then, enjoy $100 at Jake’s on Del Mar Beach. Your efforts will surely be rewarded! Total Retail Value: $400

An Afternoon in La Jolla:

Lunch a BJ’s La Jolla ($25.00 Gift Card) then take in the coast line from the Birch Aquarium at Scripps. (Admission for 4 - $78.00) Enjoy the vast collection of colorful sea creatures inside (including the extensive sea horse exhibit) and experience the tide pools outside; and with a little luck, view the winter whale migration from the ultimate perch. Retail Value $103

Don't Want to Bid but still want to Win? Check out these options!

  • We will have an opportunity drawing, with tickets from $2 - $5 each for various items.

  • Grab n' Go Gift Cards are 20% or $5.00 off of their face value - There's no bidding - they want the $25.00 card for the posted $20.00 discounted price - they hand over the $20.00 then/there - Quick & Easy.

Interested in helping us with our Silent Auction Efforts?

Regardless of whether or not you choose to bid on our baskets, there are other things you can do to help our cause!

  • Donate Craft Beer for our Craft Beer baskets or 90+ point Wine (look for 5 cent wine sales) for our Wine basket. Check out these suggested wines and beers!

  • If you can, join Heather Gertzki and the wonderful members of the Silent Auction committee to help us put on a great show and fundraiser! If you are interested, please be sure to email her at

  • Even if you are unable to join our Silent Auction committee, or to donate something yourself, you can still be of GREAT Help by simply printing a few copies of the letter below and giving them to local businesses (asking for donated items and experiences for our Silent Auction). This is as simple as bringing them to your already planned family dinners and outings and offering them to establishment managers and owners.

  • Come to our Meeting Tomorrow Night At Pizza Port Bressi Ranch (and bring your donated items)!

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.

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)

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