Music Tour to Hawaii

We are excited to offer Rocklin High School Instrumental Students an exciting and rewarding Educational Performing Arts touring experience in Hawaii from March 22 - 27, 2018!

Please review the Letter to Parents and attached documents for all the details. We will see all the highlights of our 50th state and will have the chance to represent our community by performing publicly on a couple of occasions. One of our performances will be in Pearl Harbor!

The attached registration form must be turned into Educational Discovery Tours. We look forward to your participation in this memorable, once in a lifetime event! It's not too late to register!

Fundraising information for students will be sent out soon.

Jazz Band Auditions May 10 & 11 from 3 to 5 pm

New for 2017/2018 RHS will feature TWO jazz bands! Jazz Band A & B, and both will be held during 0 period. Click below to sign up for a time slot between 3 & 5 pm, for either May 10 or 11. Then download the music attached and follow directions. Don't forget to spend time preparing for your audition!

Jazz Band Audition Music and Recording Tracks

Click on the music note to access the audio files

Excerpt audio accompaniment
Excerpt with
Alto Sax solo
Excerpt with
Tenor Sax solo 
Excerpt with
Trumpet solo
Excerpt with
Piano solo
Excerpt with
Guitar solo
Excerpt without

Band Placements announced! Congratulations musicians!

Shilla Varasteh Earns a Chair with the All-State Honor Orchestra

Sophomore Shilla Varasteh is the first Rocklin High Student to earn a spot in the All-State Honor Orchestra
Sophomore Shilla Varasteh was accepted to perform with the All-State Honor Orchestra! The honor group is organized by the California Orchestra Directors Association.

A violinist, Shilla has worked hard to get into this prestigious group and is the first ever Rocklin High student to earn a spot in the All-State ensemble. She performed with California’s finest high school orchestra students in the California Orchestra Directors Association (CODA) honor group on Saturday, November 19 in the Mondavi Center.

"I’m really excited and honored to play with many amazing musicians from around the state. Also, I got to perform in the Mondavi Center!” said Shilla.

Shilla has been playing violin for many years. She moved with her family from Germany three years ago and has played in Spring View Middle School and Rocklin High School Orchestras since arriving. She has a very musical family that includes two sisters, Kamelia and Kiana that are also in the Rocklin High music program. The trio practice together and have recorded an album.

You can visit to find out more about CODA’s All-State Honor Orchestra.

Rocklin High Sophomore Hayden Douglass Heads to the Nationals

Hayden Douglass has been playing French Horn for four years. 
Sophomore Hayden Douglass has accomplished something usually reserved for upper classmen. He’s played his way into the All-National Honor Ensemble Concert Band. 

A French horn player, Hayden practiced with dedication to earn his chair in this highly coveted honor band. He is one of only two students from the Sacramento area to be chosen. He’ll be playing with the “best of the best” for the National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME) 2016 All-National Honor Ensemble on November 13 during NAfME’s National In-Service Conference in Texas. 

“I am very excited to be able to represent Rocklin High School in Texas. This is a great opportunity to learn from other musicians and conductors from all over the U.S.,” said Hayden. 

Hayden has been playing French horn for four years. Musical talent runs in the family. His father Thomas is the Musical Director at Rocklin High. A multi-talented musician, Hayden plays French horn with the Rocklin High Symphonic Band and Symphonic Orchestra, Trumpet with the school’s Jazz Band and Mellophone with the Marching and Pep Bands.

NAfME’s All-National Honor Ensembles consist of a concert band, symphony orchestra, mixed choir, and jazz ensemble. Students were chosen through a rigorous audition process. Eligible students had to qualify for their state-level honor ensemble program and compete against top students to earn their spot in the national honor ensemble. Hayden will be playing with 150 other students from throughout the United States. 

Selected students are currently rehearsing a challenging repertoire in preparation for performing under the baton of one of the most prominent conductors in the United States, Dr. Paula Crider Professor Emerita at the University of Texas. Find out more about NAfME here:

Upcoming Events by Performance Group

The Calendar link above lists ALL events, here we've broken them out by performance group.

Marching Band Events

We're done for the season!

Jazz Band Events

Apr. 19 - Sierra College Jazz Band Invite
Apr. 28 - Reno Jazz Festival
May 5 - Rocklin Community Festival
May 17 - Rocklin Jazz Festival at Quarry Park 
May 20 - Jazz Combo at Blackberry Creek Animal Sanctuary in Colfax
May 23 & 24 - Spring Concert
May 30 - Instrumental Music Awards Dinner

All Band Events

April 21 to 23 - Spring Tour (Great America)
April 26 - Sierra College Symphonic Band Invite
May 23 & 24 - Spring Concert
May 30 - Instrumental Music Awards Dinner
June 9 - Graduation

Honor Band Events*

We're done for the season!

Pit Band for School Musical

We're done for the season!

Percussion ensemble

Starting Jan. 23 select Mondays through May 15. See RHS Music Calendar for specific dates. Open to all students.

 New Student Information - Auditions

Rocklin High's music program is designed for all levels of students. Schedules allow students to participate on sports teams and be in the band or orchestra. There's the opportunity to participate in many fun activities, includes a Spring Trip and performing at music festivals and community events. If you have a love of music, we encourage you to consider the music program as part of your high school curriculum. 

No auditions required for the following:
  • Marching Band
  • Drum line
  • Concert Band
  • Orchestra
Auditions required for advanced band classes:
  • Symphonic Band 
  • Jazz Band (this is a 0 period class, starting at 7 am)
Auditions for Symphonic Band for the 2017/2018 will be announced in March. Last year's audition pieces:
  • Ab Major Scale, D Harmonic Minor Scale, and Concert F Chromatic Scale.
  • Prepared piece (Solo preferred, but can be a band piece 1 minute in length).
Auditions for Jazz Band for the 2017/2018 will be announced in April. Last year's audition pieces:
  • Concert F Blues Scale and Concert Eb Major Scale.
  • Prepared piece in swing style (can be current jazz piece).
  • Drum students need to demonstrate swing, shuffle, rock and a Latin style.

Instrumental Music Courses at Rocklin High

  • Symphonic Band
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Orchestra
  • Marching Band
  • Guitar Lab
  • AP Music Theory

Rocklin High Music Director Thomas Douglass

Tom Douglass - Music Director

Tom Douglass is the Instrumental Music Director at Rocklin High School where he conducts the Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Orchestra, and Marching Band. In addition, he also teaches Guitar Lab and AP Music Theory. In 2015 he came to Rocklin High after spending the previous 9 years at Spring View Middle School. Prior to that, Mr. Douglass was the choral and instrumental music director at Placer High School from 2001-2006. His first teaching position was in Soledad Unified School District where he directed the 4th through 12th grade music program from 1997-2001. Mr. Douglass earned his BA in Music Education from CSU Fresno where he studied conducting with Dr. Larry Sutherland.

Mr. Douglass has been a guest conductor at Donner Mine Music Camp for both choral and instrumental groups. He was also a guest conductor for Cazadero Music Camp where he directed the orchestra. In 2014, he was the guest conductor for the CMEA Capitol Section Elementary Honor Band. Tom Douglass has performed with many Sacramento ensembles, including the Auburn Symphony, Camellia Symphony, and he is currently principal trombone of the Sierra Nevada Winds. The inspiration to pursue a career in music started with his father who was also his first music teacher from Kindergarten through 8th grade.

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