Welcome to Los Gatos High School Music!

Los Gatos High is proud to announce that we are one of only 120 schools nationwide to be selected by the NAMM Foundation to receive the 2015 SupportMusic Merit Award, as part of the foundation's recognition of the nation's Best Communities for Music Education.

Shout-outs go to all the talented and hardworking staff, students, and parents who have helped make this award possible. The award affirms both the music program's outstanding accomplishments of recent years as well as its tremendous potential for the future. Click on the links in the paragraph above to learn more about this honor and what it means for our school and the Los Gatos community.


General Info About the Music Program:

Los Gatos High School is proud to offer a comprehensive Music Department for students in grades 9-12, with a 119-member marching band and color guard, 2 concert bands, 2 orchestras, 3 choirs, 1 jazz band, 1 percussion techniques class, and 2 courses in music theory. The Department also offers indoor winter guard and a winter percussion ensemble.

LGHS Music ensembles have recently been recognized for excellence in performance with several CMEA Unanimous Superior ratings, Gold ratings and Overall Program sweepstakes in the Heritage Music Festival, and several top rankings in its marching programs.

Every four years, the Music Department embarks on an international summer performance tour. Most recently, in June 2014, students in Symphonic Band & Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, and Choir 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 world-class performances.

Explore this site to learn more about the Music Department, and be sure to click on the About section to read about our outstanding students, faculty, and Boosters organization. LGHS students and families are invited to join the Department 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 of its numerous ensemble performances throughout the year.

See you in class . . . and at the show!

Life Lines

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."

Four students, one from each LGHS grade level, landed chairs in the Santa Clara County Honor Band for 2014-2015. Congratulations to junior Max Swisher (pictured above before the 1/18 honor band concert), who earned 1st chair euphonium, as well as (from left to right) senior Margaret Field, trumpet;  sophomore Sarah Storton, clarinet; and freshman Elizabeth Gallmeister, clarinet. Max Swisher will be busy this year, because he also landed a spot in the CBDA All State Honor Band! In addition, senior Lewis Fowler has earned a spot for the second straight year in Santa Cruz County's Kuumbwa Honor Jazz Band, on alto sax.

Fisher DaysIn what's become a popular annual tradition, the Wildcat Band & Color Guard hosted two events with Fisher Middle School students last week. On Wednesday 10/8 they traveled to Fisher (braving soaring temperatures in full uniform) to perform the music from this season's field show in the Fisher quad. Afterward they talked informally with Fisher students about marching band, color guard, and the high school music program. Two days later, on Friday 10/10, Fisher band students joined the LGHS marching band for pep band duty at the football game, watched the halftime show, and enjoyed a post-game Wildcat classic: chili and potatoes.

. . . Click here to view more photos of current, and future, Wildcat band and guard members!