All the way to New Orleans!
Tomorrow the Santa Teresa High School music department leaves to perform at Heritage Music Festival in The Big Easy. A specially formed concert band has been rehearsing together after school and again today for their Saturday morning adjudication. The STHS Jazz Band will take the stage later in the morning with the STHS Guitar Ensemble rounding out the afternoon.
Besides the opportunity to take the band on the road, the students will be spending time on the Tulane University campus for a music clinic, and experience the rich history of New Orleans music at some of the most iconic performance venues in the south.
Some of the music from this trip will be performed locally at the final concerts next month.
Few things go together better than teenagers and pizza. This week one of our local pizzerias will be supporting the Santa Teresa High School Music and Arts Association (STMAA) general fund by donating a portion of all sales that let them know they are from STHS.
Thursday, April 17 Pizza My Heart will accept orders for dine in or delivery from 4pm – 9pm with a generous 30% going to the general STMAA fund which supports all the music programs at Santa Teresa High School. Please be generous yourself when tipping your delivery driver.
Tell them you’re “with the band” and feed some starving musicians!
Tonight begins the 3 night run of Santa Teresa High School’s Spring Musical, Pajama Game.
Musical Director Reno Brian has this to say about the show.
“I am very excited for this years production of The Pajama Game. Some of the more notable songs in the show include I’m Not At All In Love, Racing With The Clock, and Hernando’s Hideaway. We have a very talented group of actors and musicians who get to work on this project together. I always tell my students that doing a musical theater production is a little like getting married. You spend hundreds of hours preparing for an event that only last a few hours – the preparation far exceeds the length of the actual event. The actors have been learning songs and lines since January and the orchestra is rehearsing the songs now as we get closer to opening night. Santa Teresa is one of the few schools in San Jose that is lucky enough to have a Musical Theater class. We call the week of the show “Hell Week” because it is exhausting and very difficult. We will have three long nights of rehearsals Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Then we will perform the show for an audience on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Just about the time we get all of the kinks worked out of the show, it will be over. But this type of performance is unlike anything our band students have ever experienced. Rarely can we offer such a close analogy to what a real life music gig would be like. Live theater is exciting because every night is different. That’s why I love it so much.”
The theater department is supported by the following STHS musicians and one alumni.
Jake Rocco – trombone
Brenna Lawler – flute, picolo, alto sax
Gabby Silva – synth
Eli Tye – trombone
Jaime Vu – synth
Zack Le – drums, bells, timpani
Elizabeth Vieira – clarinet and tenor sax
Chris Drennan – trumpet
Natasha Singha – trumpet
Grace Vaughan – clarinet
Milla Zlatanov – piano
Eric Rosales – bass
Sandra Roddick – alto sax and clarinet
Show starts at 7:30 Tickets are $10 and the seating is open. So get there early and plan on enjoying Pajama Game.
Starting today students will be taking orders for Mixed Bags. Mixed Bag is a catalog full of reusable bags and other eco-friendly products. Orders with payment are due by Friday, April 4th, and product delivery will be approximately April 30th. Please note we are required to collect sales tax on each order sold, Santa Clara County sales tax rate is currently 8.75%. Payment is due with each order, please make checks payable to STMAA.
This is an individual fund-raiser with the funds being credited to the students donation account. Depending on which programs a student participates in a donation amount is set each year to cover the cost of those programs. Fund raising opportunities are offered through out the year for students and their supporters to raise donations for their individual account. No student is ever denied the opportunity to participate because of finances.
If you would like to support a student musician or make a donation to the general fund supporting all students you can use our secure Paypal link. Please note if your donation is for a particular student or general fund.
Tonight marked a new high in fund raising for the Santa Teresa Music and Arts Association. Lead by Reno Brian and Eddie Smith the students and parent volunteers raised more than 118% of the target goal of $20,000.
As the night progressed student musicians took the stage to fill the theater with Jazz and Concert Band music. The night was topped off by a special performance by their teacher and mentor, Julie Bounds.
Donations to the general fund can still be made via our secure Paypal link. Thank you for generously supporting the music program at Santa Teresa High School.