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* Concert Report #4 --> Dropbox Folder with audio files


Jazz Auditions --> Audition Materials 2020-21   Google Form for Video Submission

  • Audition Video Submissions using the Google Form (above) DUE on THURSDAY, June 4th, by 5pm


Band Materials Return *

Please select a drop off date & time using the SignupGenius links below:

Students will drop off the following items:

  • School Instruments (including mouthpieces, ligatures, practice pads, & drum sticks)
  • Concert Dresses & Tuxedos
  • Music Folders (with books and music in the folders)


* Orchestra Auditions *
- PLEASE click and read the following documents & download the file of excerpts for your selected ensemble:
* Current students, please check your Google Learn Account emails daily for updates from Mr. Peter, Mrs. Blake, Mr. Shiller, & Mr. Ray *



Additional Thoughts:

  • We will be moving very, very slow as we all make this transition. Mistakes will be made, lessons will be refined, patience will be critical. Thank you for your patience. I never intended to teach ensemble music performance skills from a laptop.
  • Please, allow your students a time and place to practice their instruments. I’m aware this can be tough in small spaces or with several family members working from home. This should occur daily if possible.

*ALL NEW band families and incoming frosh!:

  • AND, Please Text: @WHSIMD2021  To: 81010  to become part of our Remind Communications!
* Westlake Jazz Festival 5/9/2020 (register below) -- *POSTPONED...* 
* WHS Jazz Fest Registration (Google Form) -- Click 'Festivals' tab for more event info.

* Congratulations to Regiment on finishing an INCREDIBLE SEASON as SCSBOA 2019 Division 3A Silver Medalists!!!
   --> Click to watch Championships Video

Webstore here for making donations, and more!

THANK YOU for supporting the Westlake Instrumental Music Program!



* Band Parent Meeting Documents Google Drive Folder here


* Concert Report Forms are in the "Forms and Documents" section or click here



 WHSIM Booster Shutterfly Site

The boosters have a Shutterfly site, WHSIM Booster Pictures, where parents post photos of the kids and volunteers taken during the events. If you have any photos to contribute or are interested in seeing images taken by others, feel free to visit the site and sign up. It's a private site, only accessible to those who request to join. Just visit the site, click on sign up, fill out the contact info, click on Join now, add you name and a message and click on Ask. This will enable the owner of the site to give you access. Also, Shutterfly has a nice app for mobile devices.
* In our ongoing quest to make fundraising easy and painless, we present to you our WHSIMB Amazon Smile account!
Use this custom WHSIMB Amazon Smile link and start shopping! Westlake Instrumental Music Boosters has already been selected. Start shopping and DONE!!
*Fun Fact:
  • 12 of the 30 WHS 2016 Valedictorians were in Band, with a 4.65 GPA or higher.
  • 12 of the 59 WHS 2017 Valedictorians were in Band, with a 4.65 GPA or higher.
  • 10 of the 30 WHS 2016 Valedictorians were in Orchestra, with a 4.65 GPA or higher.
  • 7 of the 59 WHS 2016 Valedictorians were in Orchestra, with a 4.65 GPA or higher.


* WHS Studio Jazz Ensemble I:
Congratulations on your performance at CASMEC!!
The California All-State Music Education Conference
Sat 2/18/17


* Where is WHS and the band room located?
Campus Map to find our performing arts rooms.



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- Current Directors At: Oak Park HS, Hale Charter Academy, El Camino HS, & Northview HS all student taught at WHS. Directors at Buena HS, Canyon HS, Assumption Parish Catholic, (WA), and Paetow HS (TX) are WHS alumni.

- Music Schools WHS alumni attend: U.S.M.C / USC / UCLA / Miami / Eastman / New England Conservatory / North Texas / Bard / Barnard / Berklee / Peabody / Cincinnati Conservatory / Oberlin / UT Austin / CSUN / CLU / CSULB / CSF / U of Oregon / Oregon St. / Washington / N. Arizona / U of Chicago / Sac St. / San Jose St. / Cal Arts / Colburn / Azusa Pacific /

- Valedictorians: (4.65 GPA and higher) 5-18 annually from Band / Orchestra / Regiment /

- Advanced Anatomy: 2-6, of 20, annually from Band / Orchestra / Regiment /

- Performance of Note: Carnegie Hall '08 & '20 / Walt Disney Hall / CASMEC All-state conventions, three times / Midwest Clinic twice (first CA ensemble to do so in 71 years) / The Next Generation Monterey Jazz Festival / The Monterey Jazz Festival / The Jazz Education Network Conference / The Chicago Natural History Museum / U.S.S. Missouri, Pearl Harbor / Sonoma St. /

- Studio & LIVE Albums Jazz Albums: Hit The Ground Running, 2008 / Logistics, 2010 / Necessary Tools, 2012 / The Midwest Clinic LIVE, 2012 / Studio: Unfiltered, 2014 / Analogies, 2016 / CASMEC LIVE, 2017 / The Midwest Clinic LIVE, 2017 / True Confessions, 2018 /

- Original Music commissioned for WHS music: Los Galanas – Jeff Jarvis / Hit the Ground Running – Gordon Goodwin / Dos Mucho! – Matt Harris / Stick & Stones – Matt Finders / Lago De Oeste - Matt Harris / These Flutes Were Made for Walkin' – Gordon Goodwin / Message From Westlake –Mike Kamuf / Caribe – Arr. Matt Harris / What is This Thing Called Love? – George Stone / Jigsaw – Alan Ferber / G Rated – Gordon Goodwin / Sometimes You Never Know... – Craig Skeffington / EniGma – Mike Kamuf / What? Nothing... – Tom Kubis / Westlake – Victor Goines / Barracuda Fantasy – John Daversa / Press Play – Vince Oliver / Quatre Fantasie - Scott Director / Seize the Day - Patrick Burns / Absoludicrous – Gordon Goodwin / Incline – Matt McBane /

- Band Guest Conductors / Clinicians / Guest Artists: John Carnahan – CSULB / Johan De Meij – Composer / Dr. Frank Ticheli – USC / Dr. Mallory Thompson – Northwestern / Gordon Goodwin - Composer / Dr. Larry Stoffel – CSUN / Dr. Thomas Lee – UCLA / Dr. Andy Collinsworth - Sanoma State / Sean O'Loughlin – Composer / Patrick Burns - Montclair State University / Stephen Piazza - LA Winds / Dr. Gary Gilroy - Fresno State / Tom Cole - Rancho Bernardo HS (Ret) / Michael Doty - Gold Coast Wind Ensemble / Sam Pilafian - Tuba - ASU / Blair Bollinger - Bass Trombone - Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra /

- Jazz Guest Conductors / Clinicians / Guest Artists: Brian Scanlon / Kevin Garren / Clay Jenkins / Greg Bissonette / Jim Walker / Matt Harris / James Rocillo / Joe Gransden / Alan Ferber / John Daversa / Wayne Bergeron / Mike Kamuf / Craig Skeffington / Victor Goines / Brian Kilgore / Alex Iles / Gary Pratt / Ed Smith / Mitch Holder / The Big Bad VooDoo Daddy / Matt Finders / George Stone / Jeff Jarvis / Jeff Tower / Greg Bissonette / Jim Mooy / Jim Snidero / Simon Rowe /

- Honor Bands: VCHB / CASMEC All-State Band, Jazz, & Orchestra / All-Southern Band & Jazz / Tournament of Rose Honor Band / BOA National Honors Symphony Orchestra /

- DownBeat Jazz Magazine: “Student Music Award” Winner “Large Ensemble – Outstanding Performance” 2015, 2017

- Los Angeles Mission "Skid Row": Annually, WHS performs
 an hour set for the homeless at the 
Los Angeles Mission on Skid Row in downtown 
L.A. at the Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Easter servings.

- Unanimous Superior Ratings SCSBOA: For decades in Band, Orchestra, and Symphony Orchestra.

- Leadership Opportunities: Student organized Instrumental Music Council (IMC) / Regiment Student Leadership (RSL).

- National Music Honor Society: Tri-M Music Honor Society, (NAfME). Only school in CVUSD, includes Choir, Band, & Orchestra.

- Winter Guard & Winter Drumline: 2nd semester PE credit / frequent WGASC medalist (top 3) / annual PSA, PSO finalist /


- Community Service: Over 6,000 hours of community service hours annually.

- Support from Administration & Counseling: Arts supported Master Schedule eliminates nearly all conflicts with music classes.

- Sports, Choir, Drama, & Clubs: Most band, orchestra, & Regiment students also participate in one or more of these activities!

- Three Instrumental Music Directors / Largest & Most Diverse Instrumental Music Program in the County!