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The mission of APAB is to help bring high quality performing arts education to the students of Acalanes High School. APAB supports the students and directors of the Choral, Instrumental Music, and Drama departments in their extracurricular work.

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 (coming soon)

Acalanes Instrumental Band
performing at A's Game!

Our Acalanes instrumental bands have a fabulous opportunity to play the national anthem at the Oakland A’s game this coming Tuesday, Sept 20th! If you wish to come out to support the students and
watch their once-in-a-lifetime performance, there are a few tickets still available. 



Event:  Oakland A’s vs Seattle Mariners

Place:  RingCentral Stadium, Oakland CA

Date:  Sept 20, 2022 

Time:  National Anthem starts 6:30 pm; Game starts 6:40 pm


Ticket Information:

1.  Price: $20.60 each -  $5 of which goes directly back to support our instrumental program; includes $0.60 PayPal transaction fee

2.  Fill out the GOOGLE FORM to purchase your tickets

3.  Pay through Instrumental Music PayPal Account: apab-treasurer@ahsperformingarts.org  **Please add a note in the message field indicating "A's Game"**

4.  After you purchase your tickets, your email will be used to send you the tickets electronically.


Looking forward to seeing you there at this amazing fundraising event!


Former Instrumental Music Don, Mav Fabela, playing it big at Outside Lands.

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Welcome Incoming Freshman -Class of 2026!


We're excited to introduce you to the amazing and talented staff and students of AHS Performing Arts. If you like 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 singing and music clubs! 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. 


The Acalanes Performing Arts Boosters (APAB) 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 collectively work together on the APAB board to support our performing arts teachers and students primarily for outside-classroom events  and activities, while LPIE provides in-classroom support.

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!

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Choral Spring Concert  

DATES:  Tuesday, May 17

TIME:  7:00pm 
LOCATION:  AHS Performing Arts Center


Enjoy a night of beautiful music by various Acalanes Choral groups as they perform favorite songs from movie soundtracks. Led by Director Lauren Gibson. Free admission.


Jazz Cafe 2022

DATE: Friday, May 20

TIME: 5:30 to 9:30pm

Stanley Middle School’s Multi-Use Room. 


Always a popular community event, this year’s Jazz Cafe will feature talented Jazz Bands from Acalanes, Stanley Middle School, Campolindo and more. All will be coming together for an evening of music and to honor Mr. Bob Athayde after 35 years of inspirational service to the Lamorinda Community.


Free admission. Doors open at 5pm. Dinner food trucks 5pm - 8:30 pm. Desserts, coffee, and beverages. Additional information here.

Romeo & Juliet



DATES:  Tuesday, April 26 - Friday, April 29  

TIME:  7:00pm 
LOCATION:  Acalanes Little Theater


The Acalanes DramaDons are proud to present Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare on April 26, 27, 28, and 29 in the Acalanes Little Theater. All shows start at 7:00pm and doors open at 6:30. 

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APRIL 2022 



Here are some exciting results from our fabulous Acalanes instrumental groups from their recent participation in local events.

  • The Acalanes Wind Ensemble performed at the Sonoma Invitational Festival on March 11, where the band received high praise from their post-performance clinician Dr. Caslor from Arizona State.

  • The Acalanes Jazz Ensemble performed at Santa Cruz Jazz Festival on March 19, receiving well-deserved perfect(!!) scores from all the adjudicators.

  • A big congratulations to our students who made Contra Costa County Honor Band: Riley Bonner, Nathan Joseph, Cole Rubener, Spencer Tantameng, Aya Watanabe, Koto Watanabe, Naoto Watanabe

  • A big congratulations to our students who made Contra Costa County Honor Jazz Band: Riley Bonner, Tommy Gallagher, Spencer Tantameng

Acalanes Jazz Ensemble at the Santa Cruz Jazz Festival


Beauty & the Beast 


DATES:  Wed, March 2 - Sat, March 5

TIME:  7:00pm

LOCATION:  AHS Performing Arts Center


Winter Concerts



DATES:  Tuesday, December 7 - Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Octet. 

Wednesday, December - Chorus, Orchestra, Wind Ensemble

TIME:  7:00pm 
LOCATION:  AHS Performing Arts Center


Join Music Director Lauren Gibson as she leads her talented musical groups in performing beautiful melodies in two fabulous Winter Concerts this month! 

Free admission!


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Fall Jazz Concert



DATES:  Tuesday, November 16
TIME:  7:00pm 
LOCATION:  AHS Performing Arts Center 

The musical festivities continue in November with a Jazz Concert hosted by our renowned Acalanes High School Jazz Ensemble, led by Music Director Lauren Gibson. They will be joined by members of the Las Lomas High School Jazz Ensemble. Come and enjoy some fabulous music! Free admission, masks required.


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Almost Maine



DATES:  Oct 25-30, 2021
TIME:  7:00pm 
LOCATION:  AHS Little Theater 


Welcome to Almost, Maine, a place that’s so far north, it’s almost not in the United States. It’s almost in Canada. And it’s not quite a town, because its residents never got around to getting organized. So it almost doesn’t exist. One cold, clear, winter night, as the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, the residents of Almost, Maine, find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend—almost—in this delightful midwinter night’s dream.

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Welcome Back



Dear Performing Arts Families,


While LPIE provides funding within the classroom, APAB helps sustain a high quality performing arts education via funding and volunteer support for enrichment activities outside the classroom. APAB is a parent-led 501(c)(3) organization with individual boards for Choral, Drama and Instrumental Music that collectively work together. A few examples of areas your APAB donations support are listed here:

  • DRAMA:  costumes, props, set and publicity materials for our two annual major drama productions; parent volunteering provides crucial support for show operations.

  • CHORAL:  transportation to choral festivals, student scholarships for tours, workshops; parent volunteers provide logistical support for choral concerts and other events.

  • INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC:  transportation and other support for music festivals, tours, clinics and community events, various need-based scholarships; parents provide volunteer support for all events and activities including fall, winter and spring performances.

  • ANNUAL SPRING MUSICAL:  All elements of this collaborative effort between Choral, Drama and Instrumental Music are fully supported by APAB.

For a preliminary Performing Arts 2021-22 calendar, see the dates listed on this page.

As we move into the new school year, we’d also like to share a few highlights with you…

  • As long as local health guidance continues to allow, all our 2021-22 Instrumental Music Concerts, Choral and Drama events will be in person!

  • Thanks to your generous contributions, we’re very excited to confirm the Performing Arts Center lighting upgrades will be installed and utilized for the first time this year!


Your commitment to supporting the performing arts at Acalanes in all its forms is greatly appreciated! Warm regards and best wishes for a wonderful year,

Pauline Proffett, Instrumental Music VP and 
Mary Beth Towery, Dramatic Arts VP

2020-21 News Archive

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Oct 19


Oct 26-29



Nov 17


Dec 1

Dec 7 & 8



Jan 26 & 27



March 22-25



April 27-29



May 2 & 4 



Pops Concert




Fall Jazz Concert


Winter Choir Concert

Winter Instrumental
Music Concerts


Open House & Visual/Performing
Arts Showcase


Spring Musical:
Legally Blonde


DramaDons Spring
One Act Festival


Spring Instrumental Concerts


Choral Pops Concert