Welcome to Los Gatos High School Music!
Sign Up for Music Ensembles
Attention, students enrolled in Orchestra, Choir, Jazz Band, or (non-marching) Symphonic Band / Wind Ensemble!
Detailed Information and Payment Forms for 2015-2016 are now available here: http://www.lghsmusic.net/signup
* Completed forms and payments are due August 28 *
New LGHS Music Director Appointed
The staff vacancy created by the departure of Music Director Chris Marra, who oversaw tremendous program growth during his tenure from 2010 to 2015 and is now at the University of Michigan earning his PhD, has been filled by Patricia Hurtado, former staff member at the international music touring company World Projects. Ms. Hurtado is also a former instructor at Logan High in Union City, where she taught concert band, marching band, jazz band, and orchestra; her main instruments are flute and string bass. Ms. Hurtado will serve as LGHS Band & Orchestra Director, alongside Choral Director Maricel Riley. The entire LGHS Music community wishes Mr. Marra the very best of luck in his future educational and career endeavors, and extends a warm Wildcat welcome to Ms. Hurtado.
General Info About the Music Program
Los Gatos High School is proud to offer a comprehensive music program for students in grades 9-12, with a AAAA marching band and color guard, 2 concert bands, 2 orchestras, 3 choirs, 1 jazz band, 2 courses in music theory, and a percussion techniques class. The program also offers indoor winter guard and a winter percussion ensemble.
LGHS Music ensembles have recently earned multiple accolades, including CMEA Unanimous Superior ratings, Heritage Music Festival program sweepstakes, a major Reno Jazz Festival Combo award, and several top percussion awards at WGI and NCPA regional and western championships. LGHS has been recognized as a Grammy Signature School Semi-Finalist and in 2014-2015 received a NAMM Foundation SupportMusic Merit Award. In addition, LGHS students frequently land top spots in county and state honor bands.
Every four years, the program embarks on an international summer performance tour. In 2014, concert, orchestra, and choir students toured England, where they collaborated with world-renowned American composer Frank Ticheli, performed in major historic venues in London, York, and Harrogate, and participated in the Harrogate International Music Festival. Click on Photos & Videos to see and hear our music students deliver those, and other, world-class performances.
Due to its tremendous growth in recent years, and the passage of a local bond measure by a community that generously supports music education, LGHS Music will soon enjoy a new home on the Los Gatos High campus, where a state-of the-art facility better suited to meet the needs of a growing program is under development.
Explore this site to learn more about all facets of the program, and be sure to click on the About section to read about our outstanding students, faculty, and boosters parents. LGHS students and families are invited to join the program in its ongoing musical journey—whether by enrolling in one or more of its stellar programs, by volunteering to support its activities, or by attending one or more ensemble performances throughout the year.
See you in class . . . and at the show!