Join the Instrumental Music Program!

Check out our Marching Band:

Check out our Symphonic Orchestra:

Check out our Jazz Band:

And don’t miss our Color Guard:

Glendale High School’s award-winning Instrumental Music Program has been under the directorship of Amy Rangel for the past 18 years – and it shows. Recognized as one of the nation’s best music teachers, Ms. Rangel was a Grammy Teacher of the Year Finalist in 2019. Under her leadership, GHS has earned honors as a Grammy Signature School. Awards include a Mr. Holland’s Opus Grant, Los Angeles Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Mentorship Program, Glendale Education Foundation Grant, Arturo Sandoval Institute Grant, Los Angeles Music Center Bravo Award, and the Kennedy Center’s Creative Ticket School of Distinction Award.

The Instrumental Music Program offers a variety of classes divided into musical groups: Color Guard and Winter Guard, Concert Band, Ignite (percussion ensemble), Intro to Jazz Band, JV Jazz Band, Marching Band, String Orchestra, Symphonic Orchestra, and Varsity Jazz Band. All classes count as fine arts credit (“F” Requirement), and second-year music classes count as Career Prep (“G” Requirement). A key component is leadership, with students taking on roles from Section Leader to Assistant Conductor. As Ms. Rangel states: “I want my students to leave high school not only as great musicians, but also as confident young people. All of the classes have multiple student leadership positions for students to grow into.”

Graduates of the GHS Music Program have received numerous music and academic scholarships to top schools including USC, UCLA, UC Berkeley, Berklee College of Music, Pepperdine, Stanford, Loyola-Mary Mount, Julliard, Yale, Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, University of Michigan, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, West Point, Carnegie Mellon, Brown, Boston University, Bryn Mawr College, and many others. A major reason the GHS program is so highly regarded is the opportunity for collaboration with professional musicians. GHS students have performed with Arturo Sandoval, the U.S. Coast Guard Band, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and the Reno Jazz Festival, among others.

For more information on the Glendale High School Instrumental Music Program, please contact Amy Rangel at [email protected] or 818-242-3161 ext. 88103.

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