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Last Updated Oct. 17, 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 view the 2014-15 Music Schedule (Google Doc) (Please note that the Google calendar, above, will always be the most up-to-date source for calendar information.)
Marching Band Rehearsal Schedule

Recent Information
Congratulations to the Disneyland Band for their Superior performance at the Disneyland Music in the Parks Festival!
Congratulations to the Band for their 1st place performance at the Fremont July 4 Parade!
Newark Results: 1st Place Baton, 2nd Place Drum Major, 3rd Place Band, 3rd Place Flag Team
Feste Del Mar Results: 1st Place Drum Major in Parade competition, 2nd place Percussion in parade, and 3rd place band in parade.
In Field Show competition, 1st Place Field Conductor, 1st Place band, 3rd place Color Guard.

Coming Events
Date     Day     Time     Event     Group    Location
10/20 to 10/24/14 Spirit week - click here for the bell schedule and also for the dress up days
10/24/2014 F. 5:45 PM Homecoming Football FS vs. MSJHS MB TAK
10/25/2014 Sat. 1:00 PM E.C. Halloween Parade MB Fremont Hub
*We will NOT perform at the Foothill Band Review, because the Homecoming Dance is the same evening and students need to have the opportunity to attend the dance, if they choose to do so.
11/1/2014 Sat. Day Band Mini-camp II (no potluck) MB AHS
11/4/2014 T 7:30 PM BPO Mtg. All Fac. Co.
11/7/2014 F. Day CSUEB IMF Recomm. CSUEB
11/8/2014 Sat. All Day Vintage Band Review MB Napa
11/11/2014 T. Day Veteran’s Day Parade MB San Jose
11/15/2014 Sat. All Day Fairfield Band Review/Concert Comp. MB Fairfield
11/28/2014 F 6:00 PM E.C. Niles Festival of Lights Parade MB Niles

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