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Activities are music to Sagal's ears

Candidate supports high parcel tax but no new initiatives right now.

October 17, 2013|By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com
  • David Sagal is running for a seat on the La Canada Unified School District board of directors, shown at his home in La Canada Flintridge on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013. Sagal, brother of actor Katey Sagal, is an attorney and executive at Warner Bros.
David Sagal is running for a seat on the La Canada Unified… (Raul Roa / Staff…)

Music in the Park veterans are probably already familiar with David Sagal, who has played in a jazz quintet over the past several years at the city's annual outdoor concert series. He is an executive and attorney at Warner Bros. with three children — two of them attend La Cañada High School. Sagal, 58, sat down with the Valley Sun in his La Cañada home to discuss music, tax rates and the impending challenges the school district will face.

How is music a part of your family?

I have a background in music. I play music in the park, I've played for the last six years in my band, and I was a very serious saxophone player in high school; and then in college, I continued to play.

My son, Bo, played clarinet and guitar in the jazz band, clarinet in the marching band and orchestra. My daughter, Nora, is an exceptional bassoon player. She's been in California All State Orchestra for two years in a row. She also sings in choir. They all sing.

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My son, Finn, plays saxophone, oboe and he also sings in his choir. They are all encouraged to play an instrument.

I think it's important and they've really had a lot of enjoyment with music.

I'm currently president of the La Cañada High School Music Parents Assn., which is responsible for the smooth running of the band and the orchestra program. We do a lot of fundraising and the district doesn't really pay for the program. They pay for the teachers' salaries. We as parents raise most of the money to keep the program running.

My wife is also very involved. She is co-president of the choir parent's association. So there's a lot of music in the house.

Was music a part of your life growing up?

My mom was a professional singer before she got married and my sister is a very good singer.

Do you think extracurricular activities are important?

I think it's essential. This is such a high-pressure environment and the kids are asked so much that they really need some place to excel besides the classroom.

All these activities are very important to the school. I think the board can do a lot to promote that, particularly with respect to scheduling. The issue is always scheduling. When can you have rehearsals, or are there conflicts with the classes you want to take? And that's one of the things I'd like to look at to make sure that everybody has the opportunity to get involved with some sort of extracurricular activity.

Do you support a high parcel tax rate?

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