April 19, 2021 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Santa Monica High School Wind Ensemble Receives Grant For Chicago Music Festival:

The Samohi Wind Ensemble will receive $8,000 from the Santa Monica City Council’s contingency fund to participate in the 2013 Chicago International Music Festival. A matching grant to the Santa Monica Arts Parents Association, the funding is expected to give the independent nonprofit organization a boost in fundraising in order to cover expenses for students of low-income families to attend the festival and perform at the Chicago Symphony Hall in March.

Council member Kevin McKeown made the request to allocate the $8,000 grant from the Council’s contingency fund. The $8,000 grant was unanimously approved Tuesday.

Robb Brown, fundraising chair of the Santa Monica Arts Parents Association, stated in a letter to council members the Wind Ensemble needs to raise about $16,000.

“To help defray these travel expenses, the Band Parents Association is vigorously fundraising in hopes of closing the gap,” Brown wrote. “The price tag for our scholarship students and the cost of sending the required administrators, chaperones and instruments, is still … high and we anticipate a need of $16,000 to meet our goal.”

He added that the funding would allow Samohi students to engage in a unique experience while also representing the City in the Midwest.

“This tour will be a rich educational experience and will show case the outstanding music program in the Santa Monica-Malibu Public Schools. Our outstanding students will indeed be ambassadors for the City of Santa Monica,” Brown stated.

He added the opportunity to perform in a world-renowned venue in a major metropolitan city provides a new stage for Samohi students to perform, which, as a high school band, “are generally relegated to daytime performances.”

Samohi’s Wind Ensemble has 58 members. Brown added most have members have “put enough money aside to pay for this trip” but there are a few “talented and deserving students” that need assistance.

A fundraising gala is scheduled for Feb. 27 at the Broad Stage. Students are also taking part in a personal letter writing campaign “to offset their trip costs,” Brown added.

Another fundraiser, the “Practice-A-Thon,” was just completed.

“The benefits of this trip to the larger community are many,” Brown stated. “In addition to making beautiful music, the students tour experiences go viral, inspiring others to reach for the top.”

McKeown said the City Council has a “happy history” of servicing those in need and deserving of community support.

“We have a happy history of … helping students from lower income families participate in experiences like this that they may otherwise not get to do,” McKeown said.

As part of the trip, not only will students have a chance to perform at the Chicago Symphony Hall, but they will also visit Northwestern University to take in a Master’s class with “world-renowned” teacher and band director Mallory Thompson.

“This truly is the opportunity of a lifetime,” Brown stated.

Mayor Pro Tem Terry O’Day and Council member Bob Holbrook were both absent for the vote, which was the final action item on the council’s Jan. 22 agenda.

in News
Related Posts

Edify TV: $2 Billion Beverly Hills Development Proposed Near Westside

April 16, 2021

April 16, 2021

A developer wants to build a $2 billion condo and retail development flanking the Beverly Hilton hotel. Learn more in...

State Funds Two Additional Sustainable Housing Proposals in Santa Monica

April 16, 2021

April 16, 2021

Proposals are designed to help with affordability and sustainability  By Toi Creel California is paving the way for environmentally-friendly housing...

Santa Monica City Council Rejects Proposed Ban of Certain Items at Protests

April 15, 2021

April 15, 2021

Lawmakers vote down item 4-3 at meeting this week  By Sam Catanzaro  Santa Monica lawmakers rejected a motion this week...

Edify TV: LAFD Announces Likely Cause of Ballona Wetlands Fire

April 15, 2021

April 15, 2021

The LAFD has revealed the cause of a March fire that destroyed five acres of the Ballona Wetlands. Learn more...

Shake Shack Set to Open in Santa Monica

April 15, 2021

April 15, 2021

NYC-based burger chain to open at Wilshire and 5th this weekend By Kerry Slater East Coast burger joint Shake Shack...

Restaurant Spotlight: Piccolo Bringing Fine Italian Dining to Santa Monica and Venice

April 15, 2021

April 15, 2021

Latest restaurant from Chef Antonio Mure with two locations on Westside  By Timothy Michael An esteemed chef with deep ties...

Edify TV: Venice Handball Courts Encampment Cleared

April 15, 2021

April 15, 2021

Sanitation crews Thursday cleared a homeless encampment at the Venice Beach handball courts. Learn more in this video made possible...

ArcLight Cinema Santa Monica Closing

April 14, 2021

April 14, 2021

Pacific Theatres will not reopen locations across country due to pandemic  By Sam Catanzaro  The 12-screen ArcLight Cinema complex in...

Westside Cafe Helping Save Monarch Butterflies

April 13, 2021

April 13, 2021

This Westside cafe is doing its part to keep its namesake insect, the monarch butterfly, safe. Learn more in this...

Junior Lifeguards Returning This Summer

April 13, 2021

April 13, 2021

County-run program returns to LA County beaches July and August  By Sam Catanzaro A few weeks are left for prospective...

Earth Day Beach Cleanup at Santa Monica Beach

April 13, 2021

April 13, 2021

Santa Monica Travel & Tourism organizing April 22 event  On Earth Day next week join a “micro-cleanup” to help beautify...

Six Vendors Released on Citation for Fight at Santa Monica Pier

April 12, 2021

April 12, 2021

Santa Monica police cite and release six people involved in Sunday incident By Sam Catanzaro Six individuals were released on...

City Council Passes New Measure to Meet State Affordable Housing Mandate: Santa Monica Beat – April, 12, 2021

April 12, 2021

April 12, 2021

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * City Council Passes New Measure to Meet State Affordable Housing Mandate...