Roy Romer Instructional Festival April 7th

Hope everyone had a pleasant spring break. I certainly enjoyed catching up on sleep and spending some quality time with my family! It’s incredible to think the school year is almost over! Before you know it, the class of 2018 will be in cap and gown celebrating the end of a big chapter in their lives!

This weekend the Symphony Orchestra will perform at the Roy Romer LAUSD Instructional Music Festival. We will once again perform Mars and the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto featuring Yi-Shen Loo. There will be no concession stands so please eat before you arrive. Here is the schedule:

  • 11:45 am Call Time
  • 12:00 pm Load Instruments into vehicles
  • 12:30 pm Bus Pick Up
  • 2:00 pm Warm-up
  • 2:30 pm Performance & Clinic 
  • 4:00 pm Bus Departure
  • 4:30 pm Estimated Dismissal Time


Student Spotlight 

Congratulations to Drum Major Adam Karelin on his big premiere with the Los Angeles Philharmonic! On March 24th his composition, Constructs, was premiered by the world-class orchestra as part of a culminating project with the LA Phil’s Nancy and Barry Sanders Composer Fellowship Program. Adam was one of only four to be accepted into the prestigious year-long program. Students were commissioned to write music based on a work of art they found inspiring. The pieces were programmed alongside Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.  Adam and his colleagues spent the year working with internationally acclaimed composer and Program Director Andrew Norman as well as with LA Phil musicians and guest artists.  Nice work Karelin!

P.S. That’s him in the bottom left Corner.



LA Unified’s “We Are One” Concert 

Select members for the NHHS Drumline have been invited to perform at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for a special benefit concert for arts education. The LA Unified concert in association with the music center is entitled “We Are One” will feature performances by  Grammy Award winners Sheila E, Pete Escovedo, Judith Hill, and Siedah Garret with hosts Patricia & David Arquette. Here is the student schedule:

April 10, 2018

  • 7:45am Call Time
  • 8:15am Bus Pick up
    • FYI: Sack lunches from cafeteria will be provided
  • 10:00am Rehearsal
  • 1:15/1:30 Depart Music Center
  • 2:15pm Estimated Return to NHHS 

April 11, 2018

  • Period 4 – Call Time (Zoo student take Nutrition Bus)
    • Go to Cafeteria for early lunch. They will be expecting you!
  • 12:30pm Bus Pick Up
  • 2:00pm Rehearsal
  • 5:15pm Bus Departure
  • 6:30pm Estimated Dismissal

April 12, 2018

  • 2:00pm Call time
  • 2:15pm Bus Pick up
  • 4:00pm Possible follow up dress rehearsal
  • 8:45/9:00 Bus Departure
  • 9:45pm Estimated Dismissal


Swing Night At CBS Studios 

Our second annual Swing Night at CBS Studios will be on April 28th at 6 pm. The evening will include entry to the world-famous CBS Studios Radford lot, dinner, dessert, dancing, and entertainment by the North Hollywood High Jazz Band!

Tickets are $35 and need to be purchased in advance from a Jazz Band student.

Seating is limited so don’t wait to buy your tickets!


Chamber Music Auditions!

Please complete the chamber music request form in order to be considered for the April 19th Chamber Music Concert here at NHHS. You will need to perform your piece in class on April 5th or 6th. The first pieces to be successfully performed in class will be the first programmed in the concert. Solo works will not be considered unless there is at least one additional part played by an accompanist (duet).

Click here to sign up for an audition!



Coming UP

  • April 7 (Saturday) Roy Romer Orchestra Festival
  • April 12 (Thursday) LAUSD “We Are One” Benefit Concert
  • April 19 (Thursday) Chamber Music Concert
  • April 21 (Saturday) DAC Drumline Competition
  • April 28 (Saturday) Swing Night at CBS Studios
  • May 3 & 4th (Thursday & Friday) Dance Team Spring Shows!
  • May 5th (Saturday) DAC Drumline State Championships
  • May 18th (Friday) Vocal & Jazz Band Concert
  • June 1st (Friday) Band & Orchestra Concert
  • June 7th (Thursday) Graduation – Orchestra & Band Perform


Inspiring Videos:

Konnakkol & Quads – Indian Composition transcribed
Indian & African Percussion compositions from Berklee School of Music
Overtone Singing with Anna Maria Hefele



Words of Wisdom

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”-Albert Einstein

“And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make” – Paul McCartney

“Don’t let negative and toxic people rent space in your head. Raise the rent and kick them out.” – Robert Tew

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