The Marching Band is an active, contemporary outdoor performance ensemble open to all qualified winds, percussion, and color guard students for fall semester. The ensemble starts rehearsing in the summer and once school starts rehearses after school and performs at school and community events, football games, and local and regional field competitions. In recent years, several members of the marching band have been selected to the prestigious US Army All-American Marching Band. Recent travel includes the Hawaii Invitational Music Festival in Spring 2016, and London New Year’s Day Parade in January, 2018.
The Indoor Drum Line is a dynamic, contemporary, competitive percussion performance ensemble open to students by audition only. In the fall, the drum line performs as an integral musical unit of the Marching Band featuring marching battery drums and a front ensemble. In the winter and spring, the group competes in local, regional, and national competitions. Recent trips have included Dayton, OH for WGI World Championships in spring 2014.
All new and returning students re encouraged to attend the upcoming free workshops as we prepare for the summer camps! Come meet and work with our amazing instructional staff, develop skills needed for a successful season, and make new friends! NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!
The Indoor Color Guard is competitive dance theater using props as a visual expression of music performance open to all interested students. Color Guard is an athletic art form that combines modern dance with ballet technique while using props that traditionally include rifle, flag, and sabre among others. This ensemble competes as a integral component of the Marching Band in the fall, using choreography and equipment to enhance the visual effect of the production. In the winter and spring, the group competes in local, regional, and national indoor competitions. Recent trips include San Diego, CA and Dayton, OH for the WGI World Championships in spring 2016.
All new and returning students are encouraged to attend our free workshops as we prepare for the summer camps! Come meet and work with our amazing instructional staff, develop skills needed for a successful season, and make new friends! NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!
Tom Plunkett has been the Director of Bands at Los Alamitos High School since 2012. He began his teaching career in 2002 at Damien HS in La Verne, CA, led Mater Dei HS in Santa Ana from 2010-2012, and has served as an adjudicator for the Southern California School Band & Orchestra Association. Under his leadership, the symphonic and marching programs have gained local, regional, and national acclaim while emphasizing student growth and leadership. Mr. Plunkett earned the City of La Verne Teacher of the Year Award in 2008, the Los Alamitos HS Golden Apple Award in 2015, the Los Alamitos USD Cabinet Award in 2015, the PTSA Outstanding Teacher Award in 2017, and was a member of the World Champion Concord Blue Devils Drum & Bugle Corps in 1994. Tom married his high school sweetheart Lucia and they have two children, Oliver and Luna.