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Westward I Go Free

This Fall's LGHS Marching Band and Color Guard Show is titled "Westward I Go Free."  Henry David Thoreau wrote, “Eastward I go by force; but westward I go free... I believe that this is the prevailing tendency of my countrymen.” The 2016 marching band show will be about the West, but not about cowboys or indians or shootouts or cattle rustling or anything like that. It’s about what the West means to America, what it’s meant throughout American history. The West is a symbol of opportunity. It's a place where people came for a new beginning, for generations of pilgrims, settlers, prospectors, refugees of the Dust Bowl, and even tech entrepreneurs. Thoreau also wrote, “Every sunset which I witness inspires me with the desire to go to a west as distant and as fair as that into which the Sun goes down. He appears to migrate westward daily and tempt us to follow him. He is the Great Western Pioneer whom the nations follow.”  The show will feature Thoreau quotes and the music of Aaron Copland.  Sounds exciting!

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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

Ian and Graham HoutsSeniors Ian Houts and Graham Houts (left and right in photo) have landed spots in the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars for 2016-17, the first LGHS students to do so via a highly competitive audition process that attracts top high school players from all over Northern California. Ian, who plays both upright and electric bass, will perform in the All-Stars Big Band, and Graham will play guitar in both the Big Band and the eight-piece All-Stars Combo. Highlights of the coming year will include performing with sax great Joshua Redman at the SFJAZZ Center in December, competing in the Mingus Festival in NYC, and taking the stage at a jazz conference in New Orleans.

Previously the twin brothers played percussion in LGHS Marching Band and Wind Ensemble, earned a 2015 Reno Jazz Fest award as bassist and guitarist in an LGHS Jazz Combo, and performed with the Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band and the San Jose Jazz High School All-Stars.

... Congratulations to Ian and Graham!

(photos courtesy of r.r. jones)

This Fall' LGHS Marching Band and Color Guard Show will be titled "Westward I Go Free" (or maybe just "Westward").  Henry David Thoreau wrote, “Eastward I go by force; but westward I go free... I believe that this is the prevailing tendency of my countrymen.” The 2016 marching band show will be about the West, but not about cowboys or indians or shootouts or cattle rustling or anything like that. It’s about what the West means to America, what it’s meant throughout American history. The West is a symbol of opportunity. It's a place where people came for a new beginning, for generations of pilgrims, settlers, prospectors, refugees of the Dust Bowl, and even tech entrepreneurs. Thoreau also wrote, “Every sunset which I witness inspires me with the desire to go to a west as distant and as fair as that into which the Sun goes down. He appears to migrate westward daily and tempt us to follow him. He is the Great Western Pioneer whom the nations follow.”  The show will feature Thoreau quotes and the music of Aaron Copland.  Sounds exciting!

Anaheim is all about that Disney magic...and the annual Heritage Festival, where student musicians compete to bring the very best to Mickey's ears. The 2016 Fest took place March 31-April 3 and earned major accolades for the LGHS Music program. LGHS String Orchestra captured a Silver Award, while LGHS Choir took Gold and qualified to perform at the upcoming National Invitational Festival of Gold as well as the 2017-2018 National Youth Choir Festival at Carnegie Hall. 
 
In addition, several students were recognized for Outstanding Solo Performances, including Orchestra's Elisabeth Chang and Choir's Sarah Aaldering, Alex Coady, and Natalya Temple.
 
Also of note, Orchestra student Megan Auyeung has won several piano competitions in 2016, including First Place at the Golden Era of Romantic Music International Competition and at the American Fine Arts Festival. These honors mean Megan will also be heading to New York this summer for two performances at Carnegie Hall!