I am so proud of all of our music department students that graduated yesterday (Tuesday) evening) over at Bolsa Grande HS. Go class of 2016!! I know you will continue to make me proud and you’ll accomplish anything and everything if you put your mind to it. Please do not forget your Aztec family, and we hope you will continue to keep in touch.

Congratulations to all the graduates!


happy new year 2016

Hope everyone was able to ring in the new year with friends and family. 2015 was a phenomenal year for the music department, and I know 2016 will be even better.  Make the most of the remaining two days of the winter break. Looking forward to getting back to work with all of you on Monday, January 4, 2016!!


Some great news.  La Quinta HS Friends of Music has once again be selected to host a Goodwill Donation Drive. Last year we collected the 4th largest amount in Orange County.
 This event has three benefits:
1. It provides items for Goodwill Industry programs.
    They provide jobs for many who would not be employable elsewhere.
2. It provides the opportunity to our sons and daughters to help those less fortunate than ourselves.
    Last year we had 80 enthusiastic students show up at 6 AM on a Sunday!  Many more throughout the day.
3. Goodwill pays us $75 for every “rolling cage” that we fill.
    We filled 30 cages last year, 1 1/2 semi-trailers.
OK, one more….gives us a reason to clean out our homes and garages for a great cause.
The event date is not confirmed yet, likely in April.  Even though this is a long ways off, the key to a successful drive is pre-collecting items before the event. We will have pre-collection dates in the months leading up to the event.
The requested items are clothing, household goods (no furniture), and eWaste.  
Corporate donations are key to our success. Last year eWaste really helped as we received a large corporate donation of 19 pallets of monitors, computers, keyboards, and cables.  We need your help by talking to your employer.  Most companies have old office equipment that they need to dispose of.  We can arrange pickup.
This time of year, many of us will be cleaning out our closets and stuff.  Please start putting things aside.  If you have items that you really want to have removed right now call me and we can make arrangements.
Lastly, don’t forget about the Amazon Smile program.  Simply go to and login with your Amazon account. From then on, any Amazon purchase you make will automatically result in a donation to the LQ Music Program.
Happy Holidays!!
Eric Thibodeau
Friends of Music


thank you

Thank you to those who attended our Holiday Concert this past evening (or viewed the live stream of it). It was so great to share our passion, and some amazing music with all of you, and we hope you enjoyed.

We appreciate those who donated money to the program by supporting our food and drink booth, as well as purchasing tickets for our Gift Basket Raffle. If you were interested, below are the winning ticket numbers for each of the baskets.

#1 Red – 6687337 Rejuvenation Time

#2 Red – 6688698 Coke and a Movie

#3 Green – 966885 Tsum Tsum

#4 Red – 6688230 Money Tree

#5 Green – 967960 The Perfect Date

#6 Green – 967671 Saturday Night

#7 Red – 6688067 Chocolate Galore

#8 Red – 6687840   Warm and Cozy <—-This basket was NOT claimed.

#9 Red – 6687554 X-Box 360

#10 Red – 6687195 Coffee Essentials

#11 Red – 6687812 Winter Whites

#12 Green – 967463 Fall in Love

#13 Red – 6687451 Coffee Lover

#14 Red – 6687856 Cavity Creator

#15 Red – 6688750 Classic Evening

#16 Red – 6687789 Fun Night Out

Also, if you were unable to get a copy, or want a digital version, below is the link to the PDF of the program.

Thanks for your continued support. We are looking forward to seeing you at our next event!!



Come and celebrate the holiday season by attending the Music Department Holiday Concert tonight, Thursday, December 10th, starting at 7pm in the Don Wash Auditorium (on the Garden Grove HS campus). This event will feature 300 performers in the String Orchestra, Marching Band, the two Concert Choirs (per. 2 and 3), Vocal Ensemble, Advanced Orchestra, and our new groups: Symphony Orchestra, Men’s Ensemble, and Women’s Ensemble.

Tickets are $3 pre-sale (can be purchased by any music department student, or directly from Mr. Sebastian) and $5 at the door.

We will be having our annual Gift Basket Raffle available. Some basket themes include: Tsum Tsum, Xbox, Coffee, and so much more. Tickets are 1 for $1, 10 for $5, 25 for $10, or 55 for $20. You place tickets in the boxes corresponding to a specific Gift Basket, and if your ticket is drawn, you win that basket. You can put as many tickets as you like toward one basket. Winners will be announced throughout the concert. You must be present in order to win. Make the odds be in your favor!

The Friends of Music (FOM) Boosters will be selling drinks and snacks before the concert, at intermission, and after the event. Items include: hot chocolate, popcorn, cookies, and water. Please remember that no food or drinks are allowed into the Don Wash Auditorium, so you must enjoy your treats outside. Hold on to your ticket half so you can return to the concert.

If you are unable to attend our last performance of 2015, you can follow along at home with our live stream of the event. Live feed:

For more information, visit our Facebook event page:

Hope to see you there!! Thank you for your continued support!