by Devin Weitz
Selma is a chronicle of the brutality of racism and a cry for unalienable rights; an indignant preacher and activist leads thousands of deprived, disenfranchised African Americans in their march to gain the ability to vote. This illuminating film portrays the personal and work life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in a compelling way.
Selma explores King (David Oyelowo), capturing his pulsating self-doubt to his pacing mind to his intimate relationship with his wife, Correta Scott King, to his unrelenting passion for racial equality. King repeatedly storms into President Lyndon B. Johnson's office, demanding that change needs to happen - now. KIng inspires his followers to march from Selma, Alabama to the state capital, Montgomery, in an act of non-violent civil disobedience. Police forces blockade their march and begin hunting down the protesters, chasing and beating them like worthless animals. This day is now remembered as Bloody Sunday. After two more marches, President Johnson finally complies and by 1965 has pushed through a law enabling anyone of color the ability to vote.
Selma is hauntingly relevant in our own world today. Thousands of African Americans still feel oppressed and voiceless and have protested against police brutality, most notably in Ferguson, Mo., New York and even Los Angeles. America has come a long way in a half-century, but fair treatment and fair trial for all is something many still fight for.


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:
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!
Choral Benefit Sunday, Feb. 15, 4-6 at the Equinox Cafe
Food, Drinks, entertainment. They have it all. Tickets available on Vendini.com.
Need some really good stuff?
The Musical Theater Department is holding a silent auction which will continue at all performances of Beauty and the Beast. Click to learn of all the items of that which you can no longer live without!
Remember: It's never too late to donate!
Support your students and arts education and you can do it right here on this website.
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.
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.
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.
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.
National Signing Day signs up Academy Student Dalton Blumenfeld
Bravo to Dalton, going to Loyola Marymount but don't be surprised if we see him at Dodger Stadium one day soon!
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Beauty and the Beast
Date: 2/5/2015, 7 PM
Location: NJP Concert Hall
Beauty and the Beast
Date: 2/6/2015, 8 PM
Location: NJP Concert Hall
Beauty and the Beast
Date: 2/7/2015, 8 PM
Location: NJP Concert Hall
Beauty and the Beast
Date: 2/13/2015, 8 PM
Location: NJP Concert Hall
Beauty and the Beast
Date: 2/14/2015, 2 PM
Location: NJP Concert Hall
Beauty and the Beast
Date: 2/14/2015, 8 PM
Location: NJP Concert Hall
All Chornal Fundraiswer
Date: 2/15/2015, 2 PM
Location: West LA Equinox 1835 S. Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90025
Beauty and the Beast
Date: 2/19/2015, 7 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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