Welcome Incoming FreshmEn to Acalanes High School!
We are excited to introduce you to the amazing and talented staff and students of AHS Performing Arts! If you love to sing, dance, act, play an instrument, write music, or learn the art of stagecraft, you’ve come to the right place!
We are a strong and creative crowd which includes the Drama, Choral and Instrumental Music classes and student-led a capella, music and other performing arts groups! You will find us on campus in the Performing Arts Center, at AHS sporting events and in the community performing plays, musicals, seasonal singing, and at instrumental music engagements and competitions. Our faculty is passionate about their craft and profession and believe in the ability to hone skills and grow passion in their students! Stroll through our website to see past performances and meet our talented students and staff.
Acalanes Performing Arts Boosters (APAB)
The Acalanes Performing Arts Boosters champions and helps sustain a high quality performing arts education at Acalanes High School. We are a parent led organization with individual discipline boards for the Choral, Drama and Instrumental Music programs. These boards also collectively work together on the APAB board to support our performing arts teachers and students.
Please join us!
APAB and the individual discipline board meetings are open to families of Acalanes students who participate in the performing arts. Please drop us an email
to learn more about our meetings and how you can lend a hand in supporting our programs!
We want to acknowledge that this is a challenging time for everyone, and in particular for our performing arts students. With your support we have the ability to continue to help build futures for our students, even in these unprecedented circumstances.
Thanks for your support! #DonsShowUp
Tuesday, December 3
Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble
Thursday, December 5
Wind Ensemble, Orchestra
Acalanes High School
Performing Arts Center
Lauren Gibson, Director
The Acalanes Jazz Ensemble will perform its fall concert Thursday, November 14 at 7PM in the Performing Arts Center with special guests the Stanley Jazz Messengers.
More photos are available here.
The Dons Go to the Movies! – Acalanes High School’s award winning Instrumental Music Department presented its first concert of the year at the Acalanes Performing Arts Center on Oct 10. The Symphonic Band, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble performed favorite soundtracks and classic music from popular movies!
Pictures are available here.
A decade has passed since the United States Marine Band last appeared on stages along the West Coast. However, on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, the band returns and will play a free concert in Lafayette. The 7:30 p.m. performance will be held in the Acalanes High School gymnasium and is sponsored by the school’s instrumental music program. Free tickets are available (limit four per request) by visiting marineband.ticketleap.com. In the style of the band’s 17th Director John Philip Sousa, who initiated the concert tour tradition in 1891, Marine Band Director Col. Jason K. Fettig has chosen a diverse mix of programs from traditional band repertoire and Sousa marches to instrumental solos and a salute to the Armed Forces. The Marine Band is America’s oldest continuously active professional musical organization. Founded in 1798, the band has performed for every U.S. President since John Adams. Known as “The President’s Own” since the days of Thomas Jefferson, the Marine Band’s mission is to provide music for the President of the United States and the Commandant of the Marine Corps. Don’t miss this very special performance.
For more information about Acalanes Instrumental Music, visit acalanesinstrumentalmusic.com
Thanks to Blueprint for reporting on the ceremony celebrating seniors who are pursuing the arts in college.
Performance with the Marine Corps Jazz Orchestra
Opening number for the Marine Corps Jazz Orchestra
Bodysnatchers – Radiohead (arr. Fred Sturm)
The Marine Corps Jazz Orchestra joined by four Acalanes Jazz Ensemble musicians for their final number.
El Cerrito Jazz Festival
1. Cruisin’ For A Bluesin’ – Andy Weiner (arr. Peter Blair)
2. Li’l Darlin’ – Neil Hefti
3. Bodysnatchers – Radiohead (arr. Fred Sturm)