Ryan Simpkins

Here’s to beginnings
Here’s to level one
Here’s to when we stayed up till midnight to see the stars
Before we stayed up till four leaving our hands ink stained and our eyes dry
To when sunsets were just colors in the sky
And bike rides were carefree
Because now we all know that sunsets are just the light filtered by pollution
And even the smallest bikes break bones
Here’s to before we knew what the feeling of anxiety was
Before we felt the gravel crammed down our throats and drop to the bottom of our stomachs
Before we knew the bitter taste of our own words coming back up
Or our own nails scratching against our own skin
Because now all we do is flirt with boys we know we shouldn’t and stay up past our curfew
We turned “love” into nothing and hate fills our hearts
Because I cant breathe with your foot on my chest and this paper in my throat
And the schoolwork we’re knee deep in leaves cuts that still sting
And the bruises on our knees are just proof of the night before
And the mistakes we can’t take back.
So here’s to level one
To piggyback rides and streams of sunlight
To our fingers just shorter than the needed amount to grasp it
To airplanes when they were just shooting stars in the sky
To new notebooks and fully sharpened crayons
So here’s to beginnings,
From the end.
It’s gonna be a damn long ride.


The finals are over, the concerts are finished and now it's time to rest.
Thanks to everyone who supported us all semester. We're taking a little break from these pages but watch for us in January for a lot more news and performances. Happy Holidays to all and to all a good rest.
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.
Last chance for your 2014 tax deduction.
Donate to your favorite group: THE ACADEMY OF MUSIC.
Right here on this website. Get your tax deduction for this year.
Of course we will continue to accept donations after December as well!
Finals are approaching.
Here is the schedule:
Monday: December 15: 2:00 pm. Dismissal: Per 7 Final until 4:00 pm
Tuesday, December 16: Periods 1, 6 Finals. 12:30 Dismissal
Wednesday, Dec. 17. Periods 3,5 Finals: 12:30 Dismissal
Thursday, December 18 Periods 2, 4 Finals: 12:30 Dismissal
Friday: December 19 Full Day. Schedules for Spring semester passed out.
3:00 Dismissal.
Get your holiday gifts right here at the Music Academy.
WE have T-shirts, earbuds, bookbags, sunglasses, mugs and water bottles. Stop by the office and get your goodies today.
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.
Save the date: PICK IT UP! Campus cleanup.
We need your help to clean up the campus on Sunday, December 14 starting at 8:00am.
Stop by for an hour, stay all day. Food carts, fun and music. More news to come.
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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Faculty and Friends Fundraiser
Date: 1/23/2015, 7:30 PM
Location: NJP Concert Hall
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
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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