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Woodside Priory students are slated to perform a modern-day version of William Shakepeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.” Several Los Altos students are featured in the cast.

LAHS marching band hosts community performance

Capping off a rigorous marching band season, the Los Altos High School Instrumental Music Boosters is scheduled to host the annual Fall Finale Saturday.

The Fall Finale is a celebration of the marching band season for students and staff, and a fundraising event for the Instrumental Music Boosters. The event includes a silent auction, holiday plant sale and baked-goods sale. The Eagle Marching Band and Color Guard will perform its 2016 competition show for the community. After the performance, audience members will be invited to join students on the field for a firsthand marching band and color guard experience.

Their show, titled “Déjà Vu,” is an original work by composers and drill designers John Mapes and Ian Grom. Recurring musical themes and visual presentations are woven and morphed throughout the three-movement show, giving audiences a déjà vu experience. The music features trumpet solos by Michael Vronsky and baritone solos by Timothy McAfee.

The 80-member Marching Band and Color Guard has been working on its show since the second week of August. Students have spent more than 20 hours per week together rehearsing and performing. Last year, the band finished its season as one of the top eight bands in its class among Western Band Association (WBA) ensembles, which comprises bands from five western states. So far this year, the band has earned the Best Visuals caption award and placed second and third overall at regional WBA competions.

The Fall Finale is scheduled Saturday at the Los Altos High School football stadium, 201 Almond Ave. Fundraising events will begin at 10:15 a.m., followed by the show at 11 a.m. Proceeds will support all music programs at Los Altos High.

Admission is free and open to the public.

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Woodside Priory play features local students

Woodside Priory School is scheduled to perform “Much Ado About Nothing” Thursday through Sunday, with a number of Los Altos students in the cast.

Set in modern-day Italy, the play follows two of playwright William Shakespeare’s most beloved characters, Beatrice and Benedick, witty people who hate each other with an intense – and much expressed – loathing. Friends of the two sworn enemies conspire to make them fall head-over-heels in love. At the same time, young Claudio and Hero have fallen in love, but because of the evil Don John, all may be lost and one of them may die. Throw in a police force that couldn’t find itself on a clear, sunny day with a flashlight, and the production offers a mix of slapstick, verbal wit and action.

Los Altos residents in the cast include Rachel Goines, Hannah Sheridan, Arjun Kumar and Mark Theis. Stagehands from Los Altos include Makae Wilcox, Asa Gutow, Matt Gutow and Gavin Thompson.

Performances are scheduled 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in Woodside Priory’s Rothrock Performance Hall, 302 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

The show is appropriate for all ages.

Tickets are $15 adults, $5 students.

Tickets may be purchased at the door or online at

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