Mt. Carmel Music Program Updates – October 25, 2020

Donation Match Program

You can make your family donation go even further by checking to see if your place of employment has a donation matching program.  Participating companies include:

  • Bank of America, HP, General Atomics, Sony, Northrop Grumman, and Qualcomm.

We are registered with giving organization including:

  • Benevity and Network for Good

If you would like to make your family donation now, click here.  Donations can be made in full or in monthly increments.

What’s New In Band and Color Guard

Wednesday Night Rehearsals Are Back Beginning October 28th!

Marching band rehearsals on the football field return to Mt. Carmel.  Rehearsals run from 5:45 – 7:30 October 28, November 4th, 11th, and 18th.  Rehearsals are marching only.  Students do not need to bring their instruments for the first rehearsal but will need them for subsequent rehearsals.   Parent volunteers are required to assist with safety precautions before and during the practice.  Click here for the SignUp Genius link to secure your volunteer slot.

Students will practice in Big Basic Blocks (similar to what would have been taught during summer camp.) Participation is optional. For those participating, a signed permission slip is required. Permission slips were sent to the students last week.  If you have questions, please contact Ms. Francis at

We will observe all PUSD mandated safety requirements, including temperature checks and health survey questions of all participants.   Masks will be mandatory for all participants and volunteers.  All students and volunteers must wear a mask at all times.

Modified Trunk or Treat on Wednesday, October 28th

We know how much the students and parents look forward to the annual trunk or treat event, seeing the decorated cars and collecting candy.  While we cannot hold this event in our traditional format,  we have a limited number of spaces available for families who would like to showcase their Halloween-theme decorated vehicles.  Spaces are open on a reservation-only basis through SignUp Genius.  We are not allowed to distribute candy from any vehicle.  Instead, a prepackage candy bag will be available for each student. Click here to read the participation guideline and click here to signup to donate candy, decorate your vehicle, and help out with the rehearsals.

Wednesday Theme Days

In keeping with MC traditions, band students are encouraged to participate in the fun weekly Wednesday theme day contest by dressing up and sending in photos to Catalina Nyberg, Band President.  Photos will be posted on the MCHS Band website. Student leadership selects a weekly winner.

What’s New in Orchestra

Our Clinicians are back!
Our instrument-specific clinicians are back and teaching once a week virtual, small-group sessions during class. Welcome Back to:

Maya Ginsberg – Violin
Francesca Savage -Viola
Michael Taggart – Cello
Mackenzie Leighton – Bass

Tuesday Evening Practices
Pending approval from the PUSD school board, we hope to bring back the Tuesday evening String Orchestra in-person rehearsals beginning with the second trimester.  Plans are still being finalized with more details to follow.

Important Parent Volunteer Information and Training

As we begin to reopen our schools, the health and safety of students and staff is paramount.  The California Department of Public Health has established several requirements for training students, parents, and staff on best practices designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please see the presentation below, this is intended to satisfy all current training requirements.

Once you read the PowerPoint, please sign your name on the document below in order to receive credit:



Here’s a slideshow of photographs covering 2015 through 2020 by our photographer Brett Alan Christlieb. These photos span Marching Band, Color Guard, Orchestra, Jazz, and Drumline.

A Huge Thanks!

Thank you to Mad Engine for the donation of over 500 cloth masks. We were able to give each music student two masks in their “Have a Sweet and Safe Summer goodie bags handed out on June 9th. Thank you to the Barber family for securing this donation on behalf of the Mt. Carmel Music Foundation.

Congratulations to all our seniors!  We wish you the best in your next adventure and much success with your future endeavors.  We hope you come back to see us next year.







Award Celebration Event and Drive-By Honors Pick Up.

Music Awards Celebration Ceremony.

On Sunday, June 7th we will send out an email with a link where you can watch our Music Awards Celebration event. The video will go live at 5:00 PM and will be available for 24 hours. This will include a time in which we honor each of our students, announce awards and leadership, and watch senior videos together.

Certificates, letters, plaques, trophies, and awards.
While we wish we could present you with your certificates, letters, awards, plaques, and trophies in person, we have planned an alternate drive-in plan.

The Mt. Carmel High School Music Foundation Board of Directors invite you to come to the Mt. Carmel High School Parking lot on Monday, June 8th anytime between 5:00 – 7:00 pm to receive your honors. We will have four tables set up by grade level and a photo station with the Championship Trophies from the Arcadia tournament.

Similar to next week’s graduation, we think it would be nice for students to walk up to their grade-specific table to receive their items and say goodbye to the staff. For those who prefer to stay in their cars, we can deliver your items to you. Seniors who applied for Tri M can pick up their honor chords as well.

Please enter the campus at the lower gate (one closest to the music building), drive forward to where you will be directed to turn and then follow the lane of cones. At the end of the lane, a volunteer will help you and then direct you where to go before exiting. Click the  Band Awards flow for a diagram showing traffic flow for pick-up


Pomp & Circumstance

The 2019-2020 Mt Carmel Wind Ensemble 1 and Wind Ensemble 2 perform Pomp & Circumstance which will be played during the 2020 Mt Carmel Drive-Thru Graduation: