Garfield Orchestra Goes to the Movies!

Artwork by Annika L.

Movie Music Madness! Join the Garfield Orchestra and hear some of your favorite movie tunes in the annual Pops concert. Music from Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean, Frozen and Harry Potter will be performed by the talented Garfield students. Come early and enjoy bahn mi sandwiches and bake sale treats.

Spring Trip Instructions

Please read the instructions below for students traveling on the Spring Trip.

Baggage and Packing:

You are allowed one carry on and one personal item, such as a purse or backpack that can fit under the seat. Note that your suitcase should be no larger than 22″ x 14″ x 9″ (including wheels and handles). Packing list can be found here.

Check-In:

Students must check in with their chaperone by 7:00 AM.  Alaska Airlines will open desks specifically for our group.  These desks will be the last row in the Alaska Airlines check-in area closest to the center of the airport.

Upon checking with their chaperones, they will get 2 luggage tags.  One is for their suitcase and one is for their instrument.  After tagging their instruments and luggage, students will be directed to get their boarding passes.  

Students who play trumpet, French horn, bassoon and trombone will check their instruments at the check-in counter.  Students who play violin and viola will check in their suitcases at the gate.  Someone from FOGO will be at both counters to pay for the baggage fees. 

Pick-up:

We are scheduled to return to Sea-Tac Airport at 8:30 PM.  Students must be released to a parent/guardian (no Uber, Lyft, Link).  Upon the group’s return, we are asking parents/guardians to park their cars and check in with their student’s chaperone before leaving.  Carpooling is encouraged, but please check in with the students’ chaperones before leaving.  

Please send all questions to Carolyn and Sue at springtrip@garfieldorchestra.org.


Winter Combined Concert! Thursday, December 20th

Join the Garfield Orchestra, Band and Choir for the annual Winter Concert next Thursday at 7 PM in the Quincy Jones Auditorium.

Orchestra highlights include some holiday favorites; The Bacchanale from Samson & Delilah; a world premiere arrangement by one of our Garfield Orchestra students of Das Geisterschiff, and a timpani concerto.

A great evening of music!

Following tradition, there will be a bake sale prior and during the concert. These bake sales are an important part of FOGO and we love getting donations from families. Please sign up to bring treats and/or help out at the bake sale here:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409084ea9ab2aa13-bake

The concert starts at 7 PM, but plan to come early and listen to some chamber music and enjoy a Bahn Mi sandwich and a baked treat. Out of respect to our student performers, please be very quiet if you arrive after the concert has started.

Fall Concert! Thursday, October 18th

Next Thursday, October 18th is the first concert of the year. The students have been working very hard and it should be a great program. A sneak peek at what you will hear is as follows:

Freshman Orchestra: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Divertimento in F: a light-hearted amusement made seriously challenging by its pristine harmonies.

Concert Orchestra: Camille Saint-Saens, Danse Macabre: a tone poem telling the story of Death waking on Halloween to play his fiddle for dancing skeletons on the one night of the year that they emerge from their graves.

Symphony Orchestra: Antonin Dvorak, Symphony No. 9 “New World”: inspired by Dvorak’s time in America – a melding of the best of European orchestral writing with rhythmic and melodic inspiration from a new land.

Following tradition, there will be a bake sale prior and during the concert. These bake sales are an important part of FOGO and we love getting donations from families. Please sign up to bring treats and/or help out at the bake sale here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409084ea9ab2aa13-bake

The concert starts at 7 PM, but plan to come early and listen to some chamber music and enjoy a Bahn Mi sandwich and a baked treat. Out of respect to our student performers, please be very quiet if you arrive after the concert has started.

Are you receiving FOGO emails?

This year FOGO switched to a new system, CHARMS, to facilitate communicating with our families. If you aren’t receiving emails, please send the following information to our Communications team.

Student name: First, Middle Initial, Last
Student grade; orchestra (A, B, C – Freshman strings)
Student mobile phone (if it is OK to send text messages); Student email address
Parent/Guardian information:
Name(s), email address(es) and mobile phone number(s) (if it’s OK to send text messages)

Orchestra A Spring Trip Parent Information Night – Monday, October 8th at 6:30 PM

Orchestra A Parents & Guardians! Come to the Choir Room while your student is rehearsing to learn all about the Spring Trip to Los Angeles.

Trip Dates: Thursday March 7th – Sunday March 10th
(plans are in place for SYSO students to return early for the Concert)

Activities: LA Philharmonic Concert plus Meet & Greet afterwards; Workshop at USC Thornton School of Music; Disneyland (and possible recording lesson)…and more!

Cost: TBD

Rachel Flamm from ACFEA Tour Consultants will be present from 6:30 – 6:55 to answer questions specific to the tour and registration.

Welcome Back BBQ (Pizza Party) – Sunday, September 23rd

Join FOGO, Mr. Kolk and all your Garfield Orchestra friends at the annual ‘Welcome Back BBQ’ (which is actually a pizza party) on Sunday, September 23rd, starting at 4 PM in the Garfield High School Orchestra Room

FOGO will provide the pizza and drinks and we ask families to bring a side dish/salad or dessert to share.

We will start the afternoon in the Orchestra room and will enjoy food and drinks outside in the courtyard. Come meet the new Garfield Orchestra Director, Bryan Kolk, learn about what’s in store for this year’s orchestras and chat with the FOGO board.