Please note: This is fundraiser is being extended due to the Thomas Fire and the uncertain school schedule. Please return here for more details later… You can help raise funds for SOKM by selling Jamba Juice “Buy One Get One Free” cards between … ( more… )
Get some great Mexican food and benefit SOKM by joining us at El Tecolote Restaurant (map) from 5 to 9 pm on Monday, December 4. El Tecolote will donate 20% of pre-tax sales to SOKM. Those participating in marching practice: you … ( more… )
Online registration for the 2017-2018 PVSD Youth Arts Academy begins Saturday, September 16, 2018.
Click here for more information.
For information about Rio Mesa High School’s music program, prospective students can visit their website: www.rmhsmusic.com. Or, contact the music program’s email at firstname.lastname@example.org. … ( more… )
At 5:30 pm, Wednesday, June 21, ACHS Music Director Daniel Cook will conduct meetings for incoming freshmen, students new to the program, and their parents. Additional information will be provided at 6 pm for Rancho Campanaparents and students who will … ( more… )
Meadowlark Service League has supported Save Our Kids’ Music for over 25 years. They raise over $220,000 annually to support numerous organizations in Ventura County. The Taste of Camarillo, Meadowlark Service League’s largest fundraiser, is the longest running wine and … ( more… )
Every year the music programs at the middle schools present awards to certain outgoing 8th grade students; the awards are usually presented at the Spring Concerts. The Outstanding Musician awards include a $100 dollar scholarship, provided by SOKM, which the … ( more… )
Las Colinas 2016 Awards Outstanding Eighth Grade Musician: Scholarship/$100.00 Name on perpetual plaque, and small individual plaque Colby Adams Most Improved Eight Grade Musician: Name on perpetual plaque, and small individual plaque Katelyn Raney Lorelai Godin Alan Black Memorial Award: … ( more… )
Meadowlark Service League’s 29th Annual A Taste of Camarillo event will be held the weekend of July 30 and 31st at the historic Camarillo Ranch. All proceeds from the festival benefit local and Ventura County charities, including SOKM! Live & Silent Auction Saturday, July … ( more… )
Four students from the Pleasant Valley School District (PVSD) were selected as members of musical honor groups for 2016. Donovan O’Brien from Santa Rosa Technology Magnet School placed second chair cello in the 2016 All-Southern California Middle School Honor Orchestra. … ( more… )
YAA The Off Beats will be attending the 8th Annual Newbury Park High School Jazz Festival on Saturday, March 19, 2016. According to the NPHS music department website, they “have managed to secure some of the best adjudicators and clinicians … ( more… )
On Thursday, November 19, SOKM board members Karen Gatchel, Betty Weyek, Keiko Chun and Cathy Crook attended the Pleasant Valley School District Board meeting and presented checks totaling $26,979 to help support the music program.
PVSD Superintendent RaeAnn Michaels accepted the checks.
Each year, the Ventura County Arts Council recognized individuals, businesses and organizations who have served the community by supporting the arts.
This year, on Wednesday, October 21, 2015, the Arts Stars Awards dinner was held beginning at 5:30 pm at the Tower Club in Oxnard.
Honorees included Arts Philanthropist Paul Finkel, MD; Non-Profit Arts Organization Leader Jim Rice; Salvadore Bravo Award for Individual Artist Xavier Montes; Business Montecito Bank & Trust, National Recognition William Hendricks, Public Agency Camarillo City Council, and Arts Education Oxnard Music Advocacy Group (OMAG).
SOKM was mentioned by Cherie Moraga of OMAG for helping them get started in 2011. The Camarillo City Council mentioned that they have supported SOKM for 24 years.
Congratulations to these individuals, businesses and groups! Thank you for supporting the arts, and for mentioning the part SOKM plays!
The New West Symphony offers a special ticket promotion called the “VIP Family Club” for families with children ages 7-13.
The benefits of membership are:
- Members can purchase subscription tickets to all six Masterpiece Series performances of the New West Symphony for the discounted price of $122 per adult (limit two), and $62 per child (age 7-13).
- Members can purchase individual tickets for $24 per adult (limit two), and $14 per child (age 7-13).
- Specially prepared materials and activities for each concert, designed to engage young people with the music and enhance their concert experience.
For more information, visit the symphony’s website or download the VIP Family Club Flyer (English or Spanish).
To sign up for the VIP Family club, call Educational Programs Manager Karen Gatchel at (805)558-4412, or email email@example.com.
At each of the Spring Concerts in May, graduating 8th grade students received awards, including Outstanding Musician, Most Improved, and a number of memorial awards. 2015 STUDENT AWARDS – Monte Vista Outstanding Eighth Grade Musician: CHRISTOPHER CHANG Scholarship of $100.00 … ( more… )
Each year, the Meadowlark Service League hosts “A Taste of Camarillo” at the historic Camarillo Ranch. Money raised at the even tgoes to several area groups, including SOKM! This year, the event is supporting troops in the armed services.Come out … ( more… )
Karen Gatchel has received the Golden Oak Award from the Camarillo Council of PTAs. The Golden Oak award is “given to recognize, as the most prestigious of the Honorary Service Awards, an individual or organization that has made significant contributions to the … ( more… )
On Tuesday, April 28, Monte Vista Middle School Music Director Trish Copsey received the Teacher of the Month Award. Each year the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce Education Committee selects honorees to be designated “Educator of the Month” for the school … ( more… )
If you are a frequent online shopper at Amazon.com, there’s a way you can shop and donate to SOKM at the same time: just register with AmazonSmile!
Here’s what Amazon has to say about this program: “AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you.”
To shop at AmazonSmile, simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. To make it even easier, you can add it as a bookmark.
Tens of millions of products are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked ‘Eligible for AmazonSmile donation’ on their product detail pages. Recurring Subscribe-and-Save purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible.
You can use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.”
Here’s how to sign up to donate to SOKM: go to smile.amazon.com. Type “Save Our Kids’ Music” into the box where it says “or pick your own charitable organization.” When Save Our Kids’ Music comes up, click “Select” on that and you are good to go! The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. The purchase price is the amount paid for the item minus any rebates and excluding shipping & handling, gift-wrapping fees, taxes, or service charges.
From time to time, Amazon may offer special, limited time donations to charitable organizations. Please see the relevant promotion for complete details. Donations are made by the AmazonSmile Foundation and are not tax deductible by you.
David Kwon has won a gold medal in the Complete Works Audition of the Southern California Junior Bach Festival (SCJBF). First place winners in the Audition performed in the SCJBF Complete Works Awards Concert which took place on Saturday, October … ( more… )
Local teen band Galvanized Souls filled local music studio Rock City with their own sound on Saturday, January 11, wowing the crowd with their music but also raising $1,132 for SOKM! The event marked the release of the band’s latest … ( more… )
In November 2013, SOKM was invited to apply on-line for a Walmart grant to celebrate the opening of the Walmart Neighborhood Market in the Camarillo Target Shopping Center. SOKM requested money to repair donated instruments. On Monday, January 13, SOKM … ( more… )
Congratulations to the following students who were selected for the Ventura County Middle School Honor Band: From Las Colinas Middle School: Rachel Wang – flute; Derek Chun, Christopher Cha – clarinet; Colby Adams – trumpet; Dustin Reese – trombone. … ( more… )
Thank you to everyone who volunteers to make the PVSD and YAA concerts and activities succeed. Without volunteers, SOKM would find it difficult if not impossible to conduct registration, help present concerts, and so on. In September 2013, a number … ( more… )
The Oxnard Union High School District board provided a waiver today for Spring semester 2014 that allows freshman and sophomore students to apply Concert or Symphonic Band as PE class credit. The board will initiate a review of the PE policy for the Fall semester 2014.
Thank you to all those who attended the meeting, spoke, called and wrote emails. If you would like to thank the district and board for addressing this issue, here is the contact information:
Gabe Soumakian – OUHSD Superintendent – firstname.lastname@example.org
Socorro Lopez Hanson – OUHSD Board President – email@example.com
Gary Davis – OUHSD Board Member – firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Hall – OUHSD Board Member – email@example.com
Wayne Edmonds – OUHSD Board Member – firstname.lastname@example.org
John Alamillo – OUHSD Board Member – email@example.com
The Oxnard Union High School District is enforcing the requirement that band students at all the high schools take four semesters of PE during their 9th and 10th grade years instead of having marching band count as four semesters of … ( more… )
If you shop online, there’s a way you can donate a percentage of your purchase price to SOKM, and possibly receive coupon savings as well. The way is through iGive, and here’s how to do it:
- Go to iGive.com/SaveOurKidsMusic
- Type in your first name, last name, email address, and create a password.
- It should already say that you are supporting Save our Kids’ Music but if not please search for SOKM by typing: Save (space) Our (space) Kids in the search tool.
- Select Save Our Kids’ Music, Camarillo, CA
- Click Register Now.
- You will receive an confirmation email once you are registered with iGive.com.
- Either go to a webpage through the iGive website (igive.com/SaveOurKidsMusic), or click on the iGive banner that displays on webpages that support iGive.
- Look in the bottom right corner for added coupon savings when you use iGive supported websites.
- This is a great way to support Save Our Kids’ Music while doing your holiday shopping!
iGive is also offering $5 to SOKM for new members! iGive.com will donate an extra $5 to SOKM for every new member that tries the iGive Button, even if they don’t end up shopping.
The optional iGive Button makes it really, really simple. It automatically makes sure that a portion of your purchases at over 1,000 stores means a free donation to SOKM. The Button makes sure every purchase counts, even if you forget. Use an iPad or iPhone? It’s very easy to help – just visit iGive.com and start shopping there.
The October 16, 2013 edition of the the Ventura County Star included a great article about the YAA Beginning Band and Beginning Strings classes: http://www.vcstar.com/news/2013/oct/15/afterschool-music-classes-get-underway-in/ … ( more… )
Beginning this fall Save Our Kids’ Music and the PVSD Youth Arts Academy are providing online registration for the 2013-2014 school year classes. Signing up for classes can now be done conveniently online or at one of the in-person events listed below.
Online registration will be available starting at the following times:
Thursday, September 19
Santa Rosa Beginning Band
The Off Beats
Saturday, September 21 at 10:30am
For more information on classes for this school year and to register online, go to https://sokm.net/classes/ or click the Classes selection of the SOKM website menu.
You can also register in person during the YAA Registration events being held at the former Los Altos School site (700 Temple Ave in Camarillo – Room C-3) at the following times:
Saturday, September 21, 11:00 am to 3:00pm
Tuesday, September 24, 6:00pm -7:00pm
Saturday, September 28, 11:00am to 3:00pm
If you plan to register in person, please be sure to download, print, and fill in the Registration Form and Emergency Information Card.
Beginning Band will now be offered at Santa Rosa Technology Magnet School (SRTMS). As SRTMS is on an “AB” (alternating day) schedule, the band classes will be offered as follows:
- Woodwinds (Flute, Clarinet) on Mondays & Wednesdays
- Brass/Saxophone and Bell Set (Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone) on Tuesdays and Thursdays
- Combined band on Fridays.
All classes will be held during “zero period”, 7:10am – 8:00am. Mr. Rene Godina will be the director.
Registration for the SRTMS bands can be performed online starting Saturday, September 21 by visiting our Class Information and online registration page.
In-person registration will also take place on the same days, times and place as YAA registration (click to download the Santa Rosa Band Program Registration Form and the YAA Emergency Form).
Pleasant Valley School District and Same Our Kids’ Music strongly believe in providing a quality arts experience to as many students as possible, but we cannot do it alone. To help us achieve success, we are requesting an annual donation of $300.00 for the SRTMS class.
The summer PVSD Youth Arts Academy program was again successful, with instructors reporting that the students improved in their musical ability. On the last day of the program, July 19, there were performances that showcased Beginning Band, prepared by Don … ( more… )
The band programs at Monte Vista and Las Colinas Middle Schools continue to grow. At Monte Vista, Advanced Band has 38 students, Intermediate has 51, and Beginning has 52. As there is a waiting list of more than 55 students … ( more… )
Santa Rosa Technology Magnet School 6th grader and cellist Donovan O’Brien, 11, from PVSDYAA Orchestra, has successfully auditioned for the Conejo Valley Preparatory Orchestra. Donovan, who also plays violin, piano, guitar and drums, started playing cello last year, after Mr. … ( more… )
At this year’s Spring Concerts, as is true every spring, awards were presented to a number of graduating 8th grade musicians in recognition of their achievements while part of the PVSD/YAA music programs. The Outstanding Eighth Grade Musician award, which … ( more… )
Our generous donors have helped SOKM achieve its fundraising goal for 2012-2013! The total to date is: $45,194.07 Here are few highlights from the 2012-13 Fundraising. Thank you for ALL your hard work to help SOKM achieve its financial goals … ( more… )
SOKM would like to express deep appreciation to those who donated to SOKM in memory of Janet Ballinger, a former PVSD teacher. SOKM is honored and humbled to be named as the recipient of donations in memory of Janet. The … ( more… )
SOKM thanks all the volunteers who helped with the Spring Concerts on May 16, 17, 18 and 23. Volunteers helped set up display tables, set up the reception, got the cookies and the punch from McDonald’s, monitored the SOKM table, … ( more… )
Below is a link to a great story that the VC Star did on the upcoming Spring Concerts for the PVSD Music Department and Youth Arts Academy. Thank you to Trish Copsey and the Monte Vista Advanced Band!
Mrs. Allamae Graham, a very youthful 94, epitomizes the concept of “paying it forward”. Having begun playing the violin when she was around 8 years old, Allamae played in many different orchestras, musical trios and quartets (but never solos, she … ( more… )
PVSD 8th Grade Music Students Congratulations on your pending graduation from middle school! We encourage you to continue your musical endeavors at the high school level and eventually college level. Save Our Kids’ Music (SOKM) is providing you with contact … ( more… )
The Oxnard Union High School District Bands are presenting the “Showcase of Bands” on April 18th at 6:30pm at:
Oxnard Performing Arts Center (map) 800 Hobson Way in Oxnard
Save Our Kids’ Music was one of only nine organizations that were awarded a Community Service Grant this year from the City of Camarillo. SOKM will receive $5,400 in summer 2013 and will use the funds to purchase a 3/4 … ( more… )
Four middle school students, all from Las Colinas, recently auditioned for and were accepted into the Ventura County Middle School Honor Band. The band will perform a concert on March 1, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at Buena High School in Ventura. … ( more… )
Reese Copsey, music director at Las Colinas Middle School and director of YAA The Off Beats, was honored at the November 15, 2012 School Board Meeting. Reese, one of the founding members of Save Our Kids’ Music, recently retired from … ( more… )
An instrument drive, held during this fall’s YAA registration, garnered 27 instruments for the music programs that SOKM supports. That’s 27 more students who will have access to an instrument so they can to participate in the programs! A big … ( more… )
At the November 15, 2012 School Board meeting, SOKM Chair Karen Gatchel presented the school board with checks totaling $19,890. Karen thanked the board for their continued support and said that “we are proud of SOKM’s 22-year partnership with the … ( more… )
The YAA and middle school music groups are busy, learning music in genera’l but focusing on music for the upcoming holiday programs. Reese Copsey, music director at Las Colinas Middle School, reports: “the LC Intermediate Band just completed what’s become … ( more… )
DW Drums, in conjunction with the Camarillo Old Town MusicFest, is donating two drum sets, one each to Las Colinas and Monte Vista Middle Schools. The drums were presented in a ceremony at Las Colinas on Friday, September 7 at 12:00 pm.
Many thanks to DW Drums!
Enjoy fine wine and benefit local charities through the Meadowlark Service League’s new wine club. 100% of the proceeds will benefit local groups including SOKM. Shipments of two bottles of limited-production, award-winning wine can be shipped monthly, every other month, or quarterly; for $49.95 per shipment (shipping and handling included; plus tax where applicable) In addition, members receive a newsletter with information on the wine, tips, recipes and more.
For more information and an enrollment form, go to the Wine Club website or call 1-800-777-4443.
You can now order a DVD of the Camarillo Youth Arts Academy Spring 2012 Concert performances. Follow the instructions on the order form to request your copy.
Thanks to our donors, SOKM has reached our $35,000 goal with a total of $35,232.00! It is because of our donors that SOKM is able to support the PVSD Music and Youth Arts Academy programs.
For those that donated to help meet our goal, we will be sending home a SOKM sticker with your students, so check their backpacks!
Watch for the stickers!
The Camarillo City Council approved SOKM’s request for five clarinets, three trombones, four flutes, one cello and one alto saxophone! Thank you to Iain Anderson for writing the grant request with assistance from Barb McKown, Betty Weyek, Reese Copsey, Trish Copsey, Rene Godina and Karen Gatchel.
Thanks to SOKM Board members in attendance at the City Council meeting: Betty Weyek, Iain Anderson and Karen Gatchel. Also, thank you to Brad Capps, Beginning Band student from Las Colinas who played the new Yamaha tuba at the meeting. He was a hit! Thanks to Reese Copsey for preparing him for his City Council debut. The City Council is expecting students playing ALL of the approved instruments to perform next year.
Keiko Chun became SOKM’s new treasurer at the March 13, 2012 General Meeting. Keiko steps in for Barb McKown, who will remain a member-at-large and still be involved with SOKM activities.
Thanks to Keiko for stepping up to fill this office!
SOKM board member-at-large Peggy Smith has been named the Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year. A resident of Camarillo, along with her husband Carey, for almost 27 years, Peggy has three grown children, Hannah, Emily, and Abraham. It was … ( more… )
Congratulations to the Pleasant Valley School District students who were selected to participate in the Ventura County Middle School Honor Band! From the left, Jordyn White (flute) Monte Vista 8th grade, Derek Chun (clarinet) Las Colinas 6th grade, Aaron Talabucon … ( more… )
“Not having a tuba is like a chocolate chip cookie without the chocolate chips. Without the chocolate chips, the cookie is good, but oh so much better with the chocolate chips. For music to be pleasing to the ear, there’s … ( more… )
The Monte Vista Advanced Band Class of 2011 has donated music to the Monte Vista Band program. The MVS students voted for “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” #10016947 for $50.00. Said director Trish Copsey, “The kids think it … ( more… )
The Las Colinas and Monte Vista Advanced Bands are scheduled to go on recruiting tours to their feeder elementary schools. The purpose of these visits is to recruit the elementary school students and show them how much fun it is … ( more… )
The YAA Painting and Drawing class will be ending on Wednesday, February 29, 2012. Said teacher Katherine Pichelli, “We have had such a great session in the Youth Arts Academy Painting and Drawing Class! …We have learned how to use … ( more… )
Las Colinas Advanced Band flute student, Joyce Seok, who also plays keyboard and flute in YAA/The Off Beats, won first place and $200 in a piano competition of 91 students. The competition, which took place on Saturday, February 4, 2012, was … ( more… )
Congratulations to the following students for being selected for the Ventura County Middle School Honor Band! The concert will be Friday, February 24, 2012, 7 PM at Buena High School. Jordyn White – Flute – Monte Vista Middle School Helen … ( more… )
Thanks to our generous donors! In November 2011, $33,856 was donated by Save Our Kids’ Music (SOKM) to the Pleasant Valley School District. The money was donated at the PVSD board meeting in November. SOKM Board members in attendance were … ( more… )
A HUGE thank you to all those who volunteered to staff the tables at the YAA Registration dates, and at Back-to-School Nights. Having people staff the tables for YAA Registration is vital, of course, for the success of the SOKM-supported … ( more… )
The Lott family hosted a garage sale to benefit the Monte Vista band on Saturday, October 29. With the help of many Advanced Band students, the sale raised $415.00 for the band program. Many thanks to those who helped make … ( more… )
Karen Gatchel, Chairman of the Save Our Kids’ Music Board, was interviewed for a news episode broadcast on KDB Radio (93.7 FM) on Sept. 21, 2011. In the interview, Karen discusses the history of SOKM and how the Ventura County … ( more… )
SOKM welcomes the following new board members for 2011-2012: Member-at-Large Keiko Chun, Member-at-Large Bev Matsumura, Member-at-Large Peggy Smith. Thanks to these new members for stepping forth to help guide SOKM! … ( more… )
As State budget cuts continue to impact arts education, SOKM is committed to raising the necessary funds to keep the music alive. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we have been able to maintain the music and art offerings … ( more… )
You can now order a DVD of the Camarillo Youth Arts Academy Summer 2011 Concert that was held on July 15, 2011. Follow the instructions on the order form to request your copy.
Reese Copsey, music director at Las Colinas Middle School as well as the PVSD Youth Arts Academy, recently was named one of the Camarillo Acorn’s “Top 20 People of 2011.” The weekly newspaper, in the April 29 article about the … ( more… )
Save Our Kids’ Music, through the generosity of our individual donors, business partners, community organizations and grants, has donated $42,400 to the Pleasant Valley School District during the 2010-2011 school year to keep the music alive! SOKM is truly amazed … ( more… )
Click here to read the February 3, 2011 article in the Ventura County Star. The article features a video that includes a interview with Reese Copsey.
SOKM is now enrolled in the Community Organization program with Ralphs. Every time you shop at Ralph’s and use your Rewards Card, a small percentage will be donated to SOKM. Go here to sign up. You will need your Ralphs … ( more… )