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

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! 

Two of the Music Department's stars are shining even brighter after their selection as 2015 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists. Laila Sathe (left) and Tony Moller (right) are two of the eight LGHS students, and among the less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, to qualify on the basis of their PSAT scores last year.


This spring they will continue on in the competition to obtain one of the 8,000 National Merit Scholarships that total more than $32 million. To become a Finalist, a Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record and SAT scores and be recommended by their high school principal. Then, the final application to earn a scholarship and the title "Merit Scholar" includes a student essay and information about their participation and leadership in school and community activities.

That last part should be easy for Laila and Tony, who are the Marching Band's Wind Captain and head Drum Major, respectively, and also perform in Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band. Music Director Chris Marra adds that the two "are some of the most dedicated and selfless members of Marching Band. They are in multiple ensembles and participate in a variety of other time-consuming activities too. I know not everyone can do what they do, but I want everyone to know that it can be done." 

. . . Congratulations and best of luck to Laila and Tony as they enter the next phase of the competition!