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Upcoming Events for the Music Program (full list for 2017-18 below):


March 14-17 – Spring Musical – 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (at Veterans Memorial Building)

Friday, April 13 – Marching Band performs at El Rincon Elementary (after lunch)

Saturday, April 14 – Farragut Community Arts Day (Pep Band)

Tuesday, April 17 – Jazz Ensemble/Combo at El Rincon Jazz Night (TBD)

Friday, May 11 – AVPA Music Showcase (small ensembles)

Friday, May 25 – CCHS AVPA Spring Music Concert (large ensembles)

Saturday, June 2 – AVPA Java Gala X at the Kirk Douglas Theatre




GRAMMY Museum and Chuck Lorre Family Foundation ($7,500 per year for 3 years, 2017-2020 = $22,500)

GOLD LEVEL ($5,000)

Fineshriber Family Foundation


Dr. Vacharee B. Fell & Dr. Krisena F. Borenstein (Jazz Festival Sponsor)

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation (matching grant)


Exchange Club of Culver City (Marching Band Halftime and Winter Concert Sponsor)

McComb Orthodontics (Fall Concert Sponsor)

Brotman Medical Pharmacy

St. Antony Pharmacy


Vars Real Estate

Silicon Beach Dental

Stevan Paul Dumas, DDS


Since 1998, the Music Department has been active in a variety of ways. From supporting the traditional program during the regular school day to creative opportunities with the Academy after school, students receive many benefits while involved in the program.

Like many school music programs, the Culver City High School music department offers classes in: Music Appreciation, Concert Choir, and Band (Marching and Concert). These classes meet during the regular school day and are taught by the AVPA Music Director, Dr. Tony Spano. Both Choir and Band perform regularly throughout the year. The Marching Band performs at all CCHS football games. Both groups perform at least 2 concerts per year, with additional performances at festivals, fundraising events, and school activities.

After school, the Academy’s music classes include Chamber Singers, Music Theory, Composition, Film Scoring, Sound Recording, String Ensemble, Drumline and Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble and Combo, Sax Ensemble, and Flute Ensemble. Students can receive individual instruction and ensemble experience through these classes. The Pink Elephant Music Company gives music students a broad range of opportunities to learn, as well as preparing for a variety of productions. Collaborations with Theatre, Art, Film, and Dance are also part of the program’s offerings.

With a knowledgeable staff of trained musicians, the music program is constantly expanding. These classes help prepare students for various productions throughout the year, as well as helping to improve their individual skills.

CCHS AVPA Music Production Calendar 2017-2018

•Culver City Centennial Celebration   Saturday, Sept 16, Vet’s Park

•Sister City Welcome Reception (Jazz Combo)   Tuesday, September 19

•Culver City Education Foundation event at the Culver Hotel (Jazz Combo)   Thursday, September 28

•CCHS BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT  Wednesday, October 4:

   Parent meetings during 6th period (Band) and 7th period (AVPA Music)

•Art • Music • Dance • Culver City Art Walk   Saturday, October 7, 2:00-5:30pm (Jazz Combo):

   FP Contemporary, 5835 Washington Blvd, Culver City 90232

•LA Opea production of “The Hubble Cantata”   Tuesday, October 10, 8pm, Ford Theatre in Hollywood (field trip)

•GRAMMY Music rehearsal (select musicians)   Sunday, October 15, 11am-1:00pm, Location TBA

•Farragut and El Marino Fall Festivals (Marching Band)   Saturday, October 21: Farragut – 11am, El Marino – 1pm

•GRAMMY Foundation Award Presentation   Monday, October 23, 7:30pm, GRAMMY Museum (by invitation)

•Fall Music Concert and Halloween Carnival   Thursday, October 26, 6pm for Carnival, 7pm for Concert, Veterans Memorial Building

•La Ballona Fall Festival (Marching Band)    Saturday, November 4, 11am (TBD: El Rincon at 1pm)

•Culver City Affair of the Arts (Jazz Combo)   Sunday, November 5, time TBA

•CCEF Rally  Thursday, Nov. 30, 7:45am (Marching Band)

•Holiday caroling events (Chamber Singers):

   Friday, December 1, Veterans Memorial Building (6:30pm)

   Thursday, December 7, downtown Culver City (6:00pm)

•Culver City Women’s Club Holiday Caroling (Chamber Singers)   Monday, December 11, 12:30-1:00pm

•Winter Music Concert   Thursday, December 14, 7pm, Veterans Memorial Building

•AVPA Jazz Festival   January 19, 20, 7pm, Veterans Memorial Building – Auditorium and Rotunda Room

•Concert Band performance    Friday, February 9, Disneyland

•CCUSD District Music Festival   Thursday, February 15, Veterans Memorial Building

•CCHS OPEN HOUSE   Wednesday, February 21

•UCLA Band Festival (Concert Band)   Friday, February 23

•Spring Musical   March 14, 15, 16, 17, Veterans Memorial Building

•AVPA Music Showcase  May 11, Veterans Memorial Building

•Spring Music Concert   Friday, May 25, Veterans Memorial Building

•AVPA Java Gala X   Saturday, June 2, Kirk Douglas Theatre

•AVPA Academy Awards and Graduation   Sunday, June 10, Veterans Memorial Building



Football games:    Sept 1, Sept 8, Sept 15, Sept 22, Sept 29, Oct 6, Oct 13, Oct 20, Oct 27, Nov 3, Playoffs: Nov 10, Nov. 17, Nov 24