Welcome to Los Gatos High School Music!
New LGHS Music Director Appointed
The music director position left open by the impending departure of Chris Marra, who has overseen tremendous program growth during his tenure as director since 2010 and is 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!