La'nay Ragsdale
 (9th grade)
You are the one thing that is always there
You're there to pick me up when I am down,
When I'm all alone and find no one cares,
Whenever my mind's spinning out of bounds. 
You take me past this skin suit that I'm in;
You take me high, so high above the stars;
When you're with me, there's no way I can't win.
If it is wrong, I'll live a life of sin;
If death is close, I will never hear it;
You're the pool of feelings I'm swimming in. 
I will forever  live in your lyrics.
Every time you end and when you start,
It's a new beat, a new beat in my heart.


Jazz A and B and both ensembles off to their first competition for this year.
It's Western States. Break a leg Jazz ensembles on February 28.
2015 Wall of Acceptances Begins.
Haro, T CSUN
LaPardo, A: Xavier, Washington College, Westmont, CSUCI, Pace
Mah, S. San Francisco State
Naidoo, A Oregon State, Columbia College, UCR, St. John's
Pitter, T. UNLV, Clark Atlanta
Pixler, A Hofstra, San FRan State, Humboldt, Portland Sate
Rivera, J Berklee School of Music
Richards, N Columbia Collge, Pace (with scholarship) The New School, University of
San Francisco, Portland State, Columbia College, Lewis and Clark
Salas, B. San Francisco State
Serot, N Berklee School of Music
Theard, T. Sonoma State, UCR, CSUSB
Parent Conferences Wednesday, February 25.
Meet with any or all teachers you desire. Food trucks on campus in the Quad.
6-8 PM
For 28 years the Academy of Music has been using some of the same instruments and now those instruments are old and falling apart. Some students are sharing, wasting valuable instruction time. We are one of the top music schools in the state. Isn't it time to have the best for our students? Join our Indigogo campaign by going to:
Eight Academy of Music Students make All City Jazz Band.
The most of any high school, and they open for the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl. These talented students include: Nathan Serot, Keelan Walters, James Morgan, Ellis Thompson, Syler Kysar, Nick Andes, Zak Nirenberg and Anthony Barrios.
Brava to Academy student Anna Menotti
Trombone player, Anna Menotti, made the SCSBOA Honor Jazz Band and played last weekend at the NAM conference, one of the largest conferences for music industry professionals. Everyone was there, including Anna!
Remember: It's never too late to donate!
Support your students and arts education and you can do it right here on this website.
12 Academy Students make the All City Marching Band
Watch for them at the Rose Bowl Parade; Mathew Aquino, Anthony Castillo, Grover Castro Tiburicio, Nelson Cisneros, Moe Feinberg, Geovanny Lopez, Ivan Lopez, Isai Perez, Walter Pineda, Chyenne Suzukawa, Daniel Valencia and Jaqueline Yepez. Congrats to all.
Pick It Up a huge success.
Thanks to the parents, the students and the rest of the community who helped clean up the campus on Sunday, December 14. What a difference! Look for our spring cleanup if you missed this one.
Devin Daniels names a 2015 National YoungArts Finalist Winner in Jazz/Saxophone
Devin made the news when he was here and he continues to make news after graduating. Congrats Devin for this prestigious honor. You continue to make us proud.
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Piano Concert
Date: 3/5/2015, 7 PM
Location: A-2
You Can't Take It With You
Date: 3/12/2015, 7 PM
Location: NJP Concert Hall
You Can't Take It With You
Date: 3/13/2015, 8 PM
Location: NJP Concert Hall
You Can't Take It With You
Date: 3/14/2015, 8 PM
Location: NJP Concert Hall
You Can't Take It With You
Date: 3/20/2015, 8 PM
Location: NJP Concert Hall
You Can't Take It With You
Date: 3/21/2015, 2 PM
Location: NJP Concert Hall
You Can't Take It With You
Date: 3/21/2015, 8 PM
Location: NJP Concert Hall
Jazz Concert
Date: 5/1/2015, 7:30 PM
Location: NJP Concert Hall

Norm Pattiz Concert Hall

The 600-seat Norman J. Pattiz Concert Hall at Hamilton High School was renovated and subsequently dedicated in February 1989. Mr. Pattiz is the Founder of Westwood One and is currently CEO of Courtside Entertainment Group. He graduated from Hamilton High School in 1960. Every year over 60 concerts including drama, dance & musical theater productions are performed in the Norman J. Pattiz Concert Hall.

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