Welcome to Los Gatos High School Music!

Sign Up for Winter Percussion and Winter Guard 2016 Season!

Winter Percussion: allows percussionists and other interested students to improve their skills and challenge themselves in the off-season from Marching Band. Participation in Winter Percussion is highly recommended for all members of the Drumline and Front Ensemble, and non-percussionists are also encouraged to join--we have plenty of parts for you! This year, the Winter Percussion ensemble plans to attend two regional competitions: Fresno and San Bernardino.  Cost is $1400, payable either up-front via Paypal/check, or in four monthly installments.  To sign up, click here:  http://lghsmusic.net/sign-winter-percussion-2016.

Winter Guard:  The Guard won two Caption awards this Marching season.  Join our Winter Guard and improve your skills!  To join, contact Ms. Hurtado (phurtado@lgsuhsd.org).


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

Freshmen Miranda Hunter (alto), Devon Ottinger (soprano), and Katie Taloff (alto) are the latest LGHS students to earn spots in a prestigious honor ensemble. All three were selected for the California All-State JH Choir, which consists of outstanding vocalists in grades 6 through 9. The choir will be among several all-state ensembles that will perform at the California All-State Music Education Conference, taking place at the San Jose Fairmont Hotel and Convention Center February 11–14, 2016.

. . . Kudos to Miranda, Devon, and Katie!


Max Swisher, a senior euphonium player in the LGHS Wind Ensemble and Wildcat Marching Band, had a blast making his debut on the Grand Ole Opry stage in Nashville on October 28, as second chair euphonium in the 2015 NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles Concert Band. Max (bottom row, second from left, with his fellow Nashville players) also performed in the California All-State Honor Band in 2014-2015 and received a medal for outstanding musicianship at the 2015 Reno Jazz Festival for his unique euphonium work during the LGHS Jazz Ensemble performance. 

Nitin Srinivasan, a junior tenor in the LGHS Chamber Choir, also took the stage at the Grand Ole Opry, as a singer in the All-National Honor Mixed Choir. This is the second time Nitin has been selected for this honor; he made his debut in Nashville in 2014, as a sophomore. Nitin has also performed in regional and state honor choirs and received the National Choir Award at the LGHS Music Awards in May 2015.

...Congratulations to Max and Nitin!

Ian Houts


Lazare Herzi

Graham Houts

Honor Band season is off to a roaring start, with LGHS students earning three of seven coveted spots in the 2015-2016 Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band in Santa Cruz. Senior Lazare Herzi (trombone) and juniors Ian Houts (bass) and Graham Houts (guitar) will rehearse with the group weekly at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center, named one of the world's top jazz venues by DownBeat magazine, and will perform at South Bay and Monterey Bay events throughout the year. While regional jazz honor bands typically focus on big band arrangements, the Kuumbwa ensemble is unique for its smaller combo format that showcases each individual player.

. . . Congratulations to Lazare, Ian, and Graham!