The award-winning Santa Monica High School jazz bands and jazz combo will perform their last concert of the school year, “Jazz for Japan,” at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 4 in Samohi’s Barnum Hall, 601 Pico Blvd.
The Samohi jazz program has partnered with the Santa Monica chapter of the American Red Cross to raise money for relief efforts following the devastating Japan earthquake and tsunami earlier this year. Half of all proceeds from the concert will go toward the Japan earthquake and Pacific tsunami relief effort and the other half will go to support the Samohi jazz program.
The Samohi jazz bands, under the direction of Tom Whaley and Mike Corrigan, won the Berklee College of Music Jazz Festival in Boston in March.
With 200 bands and over 3,000 students competing, the Samohi big band and combo both placed first in perhaps the biggest high school jazz festival in the world. In addition, three Samohi students were recognized for outstanding musicianship.
Tickets for the June 4 event can be purchased online at Brown Paper tickets, www.brownpapertickets.com/event/177251, or at the door on the day of the event. The general admission ticket prices are $10 for adults, or $5 for seniors and students. Admission is free for Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District middle school music students.