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CHS Jazz Bands @ Westlake Jazz Festival

May 13th, 2017

CONGRATULATIONS to the CHS Jazz bands on their performances at the Westlake Jazz Festival, competing with over 70 high school and middle school bands from the region.  The Jazz A and B band both received excellent ratings.  All three of the Jazz Combos received superior ratings for their performances, with Combos II and III earned 1st and 2nd place in the Intermediate Combo division, while Combo I placed 5th in the Advanced category (off from 3rd place by only 2 points!).

The following students received Outstanding Musician/Soloist awards:  Omer Fedi (1 for combo, 1 for big band), Ian Karnick (1 for combo, 1 for big band), Kian Ravaei, Joshua Franklin.

Please congratulate our jazz students from the Jazz A and B bands and the Combos on their successes.  If you’d like to hear them play in person, come out to The Six in Calabasas (across from the Cantina) on Sunday evening, June 4th from 6-10pm.  You can also hear the Jazz A Band at Bogie’s in Westlake on Tuesday May 30th at 7pm, opening for the Boyd Cannon Big Band.

Unstrumental - Workshop PDF Print E-mail

Unstrumental with Ben Bram


An unbelievable experience for Unstrumental: Grammy Award winning arranger (plus producer and engineer) for a cappella super group Pentatonix, Ben Bram, created a vocal arrangement just for our students.

Unstrumental workshopped the song with Ben on Sunday, followed by a Q&A about his background, including his undergraduate experience at USC (singing with and directing four-time ICCA champions the SoCal VoCals), and his big breaks in the music business.

Ben also worked extensively behind the scenes on Pitch Perfect and Glee and gave great advice for aspiring arrangers to "get your work out there."

Music Auditions (2017-2018) PDF Print E-mail



Welcome to the CHS Music Program! 

We're very excited to have you join us in 2017- 2018! 

See information below on how to audition for the specified Music Ensembles.  

First, click on the link below to view and print important Audition information.


Music Auditions Info Sheet

Note that this info sheet is also available for download from the Charms Handouts & Files link.   

If any questions about any of the auditions, please contact Mr. Kohen at:   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Next, you can sign up directly for the following auditions:  Wind Ensemble/Symphony/Marching Band, Jazz, Orchestra and Advanced Guitar auditions.  Go to and click on the appropriate links below:



Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Marching Band

Below, sign up for a Band audition on Thursday, June 1st. Auditions will take place between 3:00 and 5:30pm, and will be on a first-come first-serve basis. Audition info can also be found on www.chsmusic.com.  Sign up by clicking link below:

 CHS Music Band Auditions

(Sign Ups for 2017 - 2018)



Below, sign up for a Jazz audition on Thursday, May 4th or Tuesday, May 9th. Auditions will take place between 3:15 and 5:30pm on both days, and will be on a first-come first-serve basis. Sign up by clicking link below:

Jazz Auditions

(Sign Ups for 2017 - 2018)



Below, sign up for an Orchestra audition on Friday, May 5th. Auditions will take place between 3:00 and 5:30pm and will be on a first-come first-serve basis.

Orchestra Auditions

(Sign Ups for 2017 – 2018)



Below, sign up for an Advanced Guitar audition on Friday, April 28th. Auditions will take place between 3:00 and 5:00pm, and will be on a first-come first-serve basis. Sign up by clicking link below:

Advanced Guitar Auditions 

(Sign Ups for 2017 - 2018)

Senior Ads and Senior Scholarship Forms PDF Print E-mail

ATTENTION ALL SENIOR MUSIC STUDENTS and Families of Senior Music Students!!  

Please review the following important information!

Friends & Families of Seniors!  You can celebrate and Honor the Music Seniors with a special Tribute (Ad)!  

To print a PDF of how to submit a Senior Tribute (Ad), click HERE!  Senior Tribute (Ad) Form - 2017

Ads Due by:  Friday, May 5, 2017

All Senior Music Students are eligible for Music Booster Scholarship!  Don't miss this great opportunity!

To print a PDF of how to apply for a Senior Music Scholarship, click HERE!  Senior Music Scholarship Form - 2017.

Applications Due by:  Friday, April 28, 2017 

A Message from the Directors PDF Print E-mail

“I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning.”

-- Plato   


Dear Parents and CHS Music Students,


We hope you have all had a relaxing and enjoyable summer. We have yet another very exciting year planned for the 2016-17 school year. We will once again be having our LVUSD Music Festivals for Band, Orchestra, and Choir with all schools in the district participating. Our Wind Ensemble will be traveling to Nashville in the spring to compete in a Heritage Festival of Gold. We also have many exciting performance opportunities for all of our groups scheduled throughout the school year. Also new this year, we will be hosting the Los Angeles A Cappella Festival on our campus. This festival attracts the top collegiate and professional groups from all over the country. We are very excited to be hosting at CHS for the first time.


We also have some very exciting news with regards to our teaching staff. We are so pleased to announce that one of our CHS Music Alumni has been hired to come back and join our team as a teacher. Michael Dabach was the lead trumpet in our Jazz A Band and Wind Ensemble during his time in high school. He then went to college in Philadelphia at University of the Arts where he earned both a Bachelors and Master’s Degree. He has been teaching middle school in southern California for the past couple of years. He will be teaching both on the CHS and AC Stelle campuses. He will be teaching beginning guitar, one of our concert bands, and working with our Wind Ensemble too. We are very excited to have him join our team.


Let's make 2016-17 one of our best years ever,


Joshua Barroll and Aaron Kohen

CHS Music Staff



 “Music is a more potent instrument than any other for education.” 

-- Plato