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Welcome to the Warrior Family!


Fall Band Concert - Tuesday, October 19th 

Concert 1 - 6:30pm in the WHS Carpenter Theater

  • Studio Jazz Ensemble
  • Symphonic Band

Concert 2 - 8:00pm in the WHS Library

  • Wind Ensemble
  • Wind Orchestra

We need your pictures!

  • The boosters have a private Shutterfly site, WHSIM Booster Pictures, where parents post pics of students and volunteers taken during the events.
  • If you have any photos to contribute, or would like to view images taken by others, you can visit the site and sign up.
    • Visit the site,
    • click on sign up,
    • fill out the contact info,
    • click on Join now,
    • add your 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

WHSIM Booster Shutterfly Site (click to visit/join)

ALL Parents & Students

Please visit our Charms page to enter/update your contact info in our student system.

  • Charms is the online student database system we use to keep in contact with everyone, as well as update forms, track inventory, and other important things that keep the WHSIMD running strong.
  • It is crucial that your contact info is kept up-to-date, so that you are kept in the loop for important WHSIMB matters regarding your students.
  • Follow instructions on the webpage (link above) to signup for Charms.



Parent Meeting Forms

21/22 Calendar, Marching Band & Color Guard, Band Camp, Orchestra, Band, Jazz Band, Financials, Graduation, Forms and Paperwork, Boosters, Fundraising, Class Schedules, NYC, Auditions, Philosophy, and more! Available in the WHS Instrumental Music Dropbox cloud folder.

Volunteer for WHSIMB '21/'22

Every successful music program depends on parent support! Volunteer for WHSIMB and choose how you are able to contribute:

  • drive the Semi, feed the starving teenagers, staff the Jazz Festival, explore the Food Truck Jazz Fundraiser, ask businesses for $, draw pictures in the ad book, wear a bright orange T-shirt, design a website, join the financial team, and MUCH MORE!!!

Parents: Please read this message from our VP of Volunteers, Judie Gilli, on how YOU can help by volunteering for our program!

NEW Band Students & Families

Instruments & Music

  • Contact Nick Rail Music in Agoura for all repairs.
  • Please come prepared with reeds, ligatures, neck straps, sticks, & mouthpieces for class.

Donations & Support

DONATE to our program using our Web Store! EVERY contribution helps our students and their experience in the program tremendously!!

DONATE on our WEBSTORE! Scroll down to the Donate Button on our Web Store

THANK YOU for supporting the Westlake Instrumental Music Program!!

Amazon Smile

To make fundraising more easy and painless, we present to you our WHSIMB Amazon Smile account!!


  • Use the WHSIMB Amazon Smile link and start shopping! Westlake Instrumental Music Boosters has already been selected.

  • ALL of your purchases will help contribute to the program!!

Audition Results

Band Directors

Orchestra Director


  • 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 2017 Valedictorians were in Orchestra, with a 4.65 GPA or higher.
  • Current Directors At: Oak Park HS, Hale Charter Academy, El Camino HS, & Northview HS all student taught at WHS. Directors at Santiago HS, 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 / 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: Cielo - Chris P. Bacon / Fanfare in the Key of G - Chris P. Bacon / 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 / Chris Bacon - Film Composer / Raynor Carroll - Principal Percussion L.A. Philharmonic / 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 full 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!