Mt. Carmel Music Program Updates – November 1, 2020

SAT  Program

The SAT Proctor Program serves as a significant fundraiser for the Mt. Carmel High School Music Foundation.  It is one way for parents to offset their suggested family donation. Moreover, hosting the SAT provides a service to the students in our area by offering local test sites.   Provided that all remains on track with PUSD and state guidelines, Mt. Carmel will host the first SAT on Saturday, December 5th.

We are still in need of a few SAT Proctors and are reaching out to our SAT volunteers (veterans and new) to help us fulfill our needs.  If you have not already done so, please complete the brief Google Form even if you are unavailable at  Your prompt response is sincerely appreciated.

If you no longer wish to be contacted regarding the SAT fundraiser, please indicate that on Google Form link below:

Information Night and Mock Classroom for SAT

The SAT Team plans to hold an Information Night and Mock Classroom Training on November 11th and November 18th during Wednesday night rehearsals.  The training will take place in the band room beginning at 6:00.
If you need additional information, please contact a member of our SAT Team. Your help and support are greatly needed and much appreciated.
The SAT Team
Stevie Gragg, SAT Administrator Support
Jessica Lane,  SAT Volunteer Coordinator
Kim Garcia,   SAT Volunteer

Trunk or Treat Fun

Keeping with the Mt. Carmel Marching Band tradition. Parents decorated their vehicles and provided candy for goodie bags. Students enjoyed the car show and took goodie bags home to enjoy a Halloween treat.

Special thanks to the Coleman, Lane-Gutierrez, Josafat, Lund, Medina, Graff, Phillips, Matsuba, McPherson, and Martin families for decorating their vehicles and adding some Halloween fun.

Photos from the event are available to download. Go to

Meet Our Staff and Coaches

April Leslie
April is a San Diego native who plays the clarinets and saxophones. April received her Masters in Music from Azusa Pacific University. She is an in-demand freelance musician both locally and internationally performing various styles and genres of music (classical, jazz, pop, etc.). Some of the groups she performs in include: the Classics Philharmonic, California Chamber Orchestra, Diversions Trio, Left Coast Quintet, JAMB, San Diego Symphony, The Saxations, The Sully Band, Stellita’s Grove, Manny Cepeda Orchestra, and the Ira Liss Big Band. April also has a successful private lesson studio where she loves sharing her passion for music with her students!

Francesca Savage
Francesca was educated at SDSU and continued her musical explorations at UCSD. She has performed orchestral and chamber music in Europe, Mexico, and throughout Southern California. Her passion is helping others find their musical voice.

She is a member of Caprice Strings Ensemble, performing over the past 20 years with an extensive repertoire that embraces baroque, classical, and contemporary works – from Bach to Mozart to Gershwin and The Beatles.

She thinks her viola students at Mt Carmel are amazing!!!