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Last Updated April 9, 2014.

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Welcome to the American High School Music Department, home of the American Eagles Marching Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, Beginning Choir, Choir 2, Guitar I, and Guitar II. Other performing groups include Chamber Ensembles, Pep Band, Winter Percussion (est. 2003), Winter Guard (est. 2004), and Winter Drum Major (2009). Read on for the latest information.

Click here to download the 2013-14 Music Schedule in Color (pdf) (Please note that the Google calendar, above, will always be the most up-to-date source for calendar information.)

Recent Information
Solo/Ensemble Information
Outside Concert Evaluation Information
Jazz Combo Project Information

Coming Events
Date     Day     Time     Event     Group    Location
April 10-12 Th.-Sat. 7pm School Musical- Little Shop of Horrors Audition Th. 70
April 12 Sat Day CMEA Band Festival Band Hayward

April 25-27 Disneyland Festival All Anaheim

May 13 T 7:30pm BPO Mtg. - Election All Fac. Co.
May 27 T. 7pm AAA Concert All Gym
May 31 Sat. Day FUSD Jazz Festival Jazz Newark
June 5 Th. 7pm Final Concert & Music Awards All Rotunda
June 10 T 7:30pm BPO Mtg. All Fac. Co.
June 12 Th. 3:30pm Graduation at TAK
June 16 M Eve. American Band performs National Anthem at Oakland A's Game

When we put letters and words together, we have language. When we put numbers and symbols together, we have mathematics. When we work to create still images, we produce the work in the fine arts, architecture, and design. When we work with the moving image, we produce dance and film. When we work with abstract sound, we create music. - Hope, S. (2000). "Why Study Music?" in Vision 2020. MENC: Reston, VA.

Quick Links
Recruiting Form - click here if you want to join the music program
FAQS - Marching Band/Color Guard
How to Stay in Band Throughout High School
Site Map
Room 708
Music Schedule for 2013-14
Tri-M - Modern Music Masters
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Bach Valve Trombone in a brown case - this item went missing November 12, 2011. If you have any information, please let us know.

Seeking Donations
We accept donations of band instruments and acoustic guitars, depending on condition.

School Info
American High School Web Site - new link

School Loop


Reference Materials
How to Warm up
How to Practice
Instrument Maintenance
Percussion Warmups
Marching Fundamentals

Watch your field show drill animation - online at www.pyware.com
Click here for the installation instructions

Band Camp Newsletter (PDF format)


How to turn in money

We Care Coffee

***Click here for the online store to place your We Care Coffee order online.***


Shop Onecause (formerly SchoolPop) to support the music program.

If you apply for a Onecause credit card, be sure to activate it to credit the American HS Music program. Thanks!!

Looking for the Amazon.com link? It's at the top of the page! Support the music program by shopping through the link above.

SHARES (Lucky, FoodMaxx, etc.)
Get a SHARES card and support the music program when you buy groceries! Cards are available in Room 708.

eScrip (Safeway, etc.)
Click here for escrip - follow the steps to register and support the AHS Music Program!

Forms and Applications
Music Request Form

Absence Excuse Request Form
JV Band Block Requirements & Application
Varsity Band Block Requirements & Application
JV Choir Block Requirements & Application
Varsity Choir Block Requirements & Application
Code of Conduct
Band Camp Medical Release/Waiver Form
Parent Driver Insurance Form
Medication @ school Form W26-0946

Colleges & Universities
The University of California, Berkeley
California State University East Bay - Hayward
San Jose State University
Ohlone College
Chabot College

Community Bands
Newark Symphonic Winds
• NSW Google Calendar - rehearsals and performances listed here
Ohlone Community Band

Music Organizations
CMEA Bay Section

Northern CA Band Association (NCBA) - visit this site to read the rules for parade and field show competitions
CA Band Directors Association (CBDA)

Music Vendors
Allegro Music
J.W. Pepper

Arrangers Publishing Company

Interstate Music

Woodwind & Brasswind (use code 2110 when shopping, to help our music program raise funds)
The Band Shoppe

Peacock's Marching World

Row-Loff Percussion

The Guard Room