Live in Long Beach – Steel Drum CD

Dr. Dave Gerhart and the CSULB Steel Drum Orchestra will release their new CD “Live in Long Beach” on Sunday, April 27 at the Caribbean Extravaganza: Massive Band 2014. The CD features the collaboration between the CSULB Steel Drum Orchestra and the HSU Calypso Band on March 15 & 16, 2013.
The CSULB Steel Drum Orchestra and the HSU Calypso Band have a long history of collaboration, and have shared the stage numerous times over the past 26 years. Founded in 1986 by Dr. Eugene Novotney, the HSU Calypso Band was the first steel drum ensemble in the California State University system. One semester later, Dr. Michael Carney founded the CSULB Steel Drum Orchestra in 1987. This CD marks the first live album as a combined CSU steel drum ensemble and the first album from the CSULB Percussion Program.

Harmony Sweepstakes Regional features Alumni

Defending Champions Honey Whiskey Trio (alumni Courtney Gasque, and Ann Louise Thaiss, Christina Wilson) hosted the Harmony Sweepstakes Regional A Cappella competition on April 5th at the Hermosa Beach Playhouse. Our alumni permeated the awards.

Arf (with alumni Genevieve Artadi, Sean Fitzpartrick, Alexandra Domingo, and Andrea Calderwood, pictured) placed 2nd. Alexandra Domingo’s ”Like the First Time” received the award for best arrangement!

Down 4 The Count placed 3rd, and alumnus Colleen Keene received the award for best original composition with ”I’m Leaving SLO”

Our own Nick Mancini recorded and mixed “Like the First Time” at his new studio: https://soundcloud.com/alexandrinha/like-the-first-time

Huge Wins at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival

CJO and PST competed at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival on Sunday, March 30. Alumnus Justin Padilla’s Oak Middle School Big Band was also one of the finalists invited to compete.

Three BCCM students were named Outstanding Soloists at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival 2014: Jenny Swoish, Maria Shafer, and Ramsey Castaneda (that’s one half of the total number of Outstanding Soloists!).

Concert Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Jeff Jarvis, finished second in a highly competitive College Big Band Division.

Pacific Standard Time, under the direction of Christine Guter, won the College Vocal Jazz Division and will perform at the 57th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival in September.

Alan Shockley at Carmac Art Centre in Marnay sur Siene

While on sabbatical this spring, Alan Shockley spent a month in France at the Carmac Art Centre in Marnay sur Siene composing “in oceangreen of shadow” for shakuhachi and microtonally retuned harp with an ensemble of flute, clarinet, piano, percussion, violin, arpeggione (bowed guitar), and cello. The premiere is scheduled for 13 May 2014 in Southern California

 

 

Justin Padilla: Los Alamitos Unified School District Teacher of the Year

Alumnus Justin Padilla (saxophone, BM instrumental music and MM) music instructor at Oak Middle School was selected as the 2014  Los Alamitos Unified  School District Teacher of the Year.

For the third year, his jazz ensemble was selected as one of six in the nation to perform in the Next Generation Educational Branch of the Monterey Jazz Festival.

With over 200 students in his music program, Justin welcomes Cole student teachers and observers.

Adriana Verdie to Speak at Women’s Research Colloquium

Dr. Adriana Verdie is one of two featured speakers at the Spring 2014 Women’s Research Colloquium at 5pm on Wednesday, April 9, in the Pointe of the Walter Pyramid. Her talk is entitled “From Muses to Creators, Opera by a Female Composer.” Dr. Verdie was on sabbatical last fall to compose an opera for children, “Cron-Ópera.” The New Music Ensemble will premiere it on April 23.

Dr. Verdie and the Colloquium are discussed in an article in the Signal Tribune.