Welcome to Los Gatos High School Music!

Marching Band Camp Countdown!

It's coming August 3-14! Click here for a complete schedule.

Click here to read all about the 2015 Marching Band Student Leaders.


New LGHS Music Director Appointed

The music director position left open by the departure of Chris Marra, who oversaw tremendous program growth during his tenure from 2010 to 2015 and is now headed to the University of Michigan to earn his PhD, will be filled by Patricia Hurtado, current staff member at the international music touring company World Projects. Ms. Hurtado is 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. 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, who will assume her new duties in August — just in time for marching band camp.


Summer Percussion Opportunity

Are you an experienced or an aspiring percussionist looking to improve or gain skills this summer? Come to weekly summer percussion tutorials in the Band Room! Click here for details! 


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!

Life Lines

Nitin Srinivasan, a rising junior and a tenor in the LGHS Chamber Choir, will again take the stage at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville on October 28, as a singer in the 2015 NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles Mixed Choir. This is the second time Nitin has been selected for this honor; he made his debut in Nashville last year, as a sophomore. Nitin has also sung in regional and state honor choirs and received the National Choir Award at the LGHS Music Awards in May. 

Max Swisher, a rising senior who plays multiple instruments in Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, and Marching Band, will make his debut on the Grand Ole Opry stage, playing euphonium in the NAfME All-National Honor Concert Band. Max also played in the all-state honor band this year and received a medal for outstanding musicianship at the 2015 Reno Jazz Festival for his unique euphonium work during the LGHS Jazz Ensemble performance. Welcome to Nashville, Max!

...Congratulations to Nitin and Max!

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

LGHS Music Director Chris Marra took the LGHS Jazz Band to the Reno Jazz Festival on April 24-25, the band's first appearance there in years. At this prestigious annual event, middle school, high school, and college jazz musicians attend concerts and clinics and compete for recognition among their peers. In the AA Ensemble division the 18-piece LGHS Jazz Band earned Excellent scores from the judges. In addition, three Jazz Band members entered the AA Combo division as a trio (above) and drew Unanimous Superior scores from the judges, earning the 2nd Place trophy in a deep field of 15 other combos from the western states. "I'm really proud of how these talented students represented our school and impressed with how they were able to prepare this entire concert on their own. They chose the music, set up the rehearsals and put in the hard work," said Chris Marra (right). From left, congratulations to sophomore Graham Houts (guitar), senior Lewis Fowler (sax), and sophomore Ian Houts (bass), whose frequent local gigs and passion for playing shone through in what one judge called "the most mature combo we've seen." Click here to view their performance.