Eugene Migliaro Corporon inducted into Bands of America Hall of Fame

Alumnus Eugene Migliaro Corporon has been inducted into the Music For All – Bands of America Hall of Fame. Music for All is one of the largest and most influential national music education organizations.

The Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have had a positively life-changing impact on Music for All’s Bands of America programs and music education.

Mr. Corporon is the conductor of the Wind Symphony and Regents Professor of Music at the University of North Texas. He has recorded over 700 works.

Byron Smith and the Spirit Chorale

Alumnus Byron Smith founded and directs the Spirit Chorale, a choir dedicated to preserving music of African-American composers. Now in its 25th year, the Chorale has released three CDs and performed at the ACDA National Convention, Choral Conductor Guild National Convention, and The National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc. National Convention, among many others.

Byron won the NAACP Theater Image Award for best original score  for  ”Children of the Night.” He teaches music industry courses  at Los Angeles Harbor College, and he is a freelance music director, studio musician, arranger and producer.

Jazz at the Beach at Monterey Next Gen

Three BCCM students were named Outstanding Soloists at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival 2014: Jenny Swoish, Maria Shafer, and Ramsey Castaneda.

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.

VJ to Teach at A Capella Academy

Alumnus VJ Rosales will be a Music Director and counselor at the A Capella Academy in July at Mount St. Mary’s College. Artists-in-residence Pentatonix will join the staff in the camp’s inaugural year.

 

Cellists at Los Angeles Violoncello Society

Cellos students of David Garrett — James Clark, Anthoni Polcari, Josie Boyer, Michelle Tambash, Sydney Moss, and Jeff Westcott — performed ensemble pieces by Handel, Humperdinck, and Led Zeppelin as part of the Los Angeles Violoncello Society’s annual ensemble concert.

Alumni Dawn Seward, Chris McCarthy, Lucy Cahuantzi, and Claire Mehm also performed on the program.

Darrin Thaves Performs with TCC Chamber Orchestra

Darrin Thaves performed the Bernard Molique Concerto for Flute and Orchestra with the TCC Chamber Orchestra (Tacoma, WA) on February 28th. In the winter, he was the flute adjudicator for the Seattle Flute Society Horsfall Competition (Middle School Division) and the SCSBOA All-Southerna California High School Honor Orchestra and Bands Auditions.

His group (Pacific Flute Ensemble) premiered “Truffel Hunt” by Jamison Alderson last weekend, the first of a series of commissions the group has sponsored.

Dave Gerhart Recording Available on iTunes

Dave Gerhart’s recording of Steve Kornicki’s  Harmonic Canon Streams (Horizontal Color Forms 16) has been released as a single through digital distribution (including iTunes). The work is for 12 percussionists which Dave and Steve recorded at CSULB, UCF, and St. Marks Church in Indialantic FL.

Dan Zanutto to present at Association of Popular Music Educators Conference

Dr. Dan Zanutto, who is currently enjoying a sabbatical has been asked to co-present with Jamie Knight at the 2nd Annual APME Conference (Association of Popular Music Educators Conference) June 19-21 at USC. They will discuss university/k-12 collaborations in developing popular music education programs.

Dr. Zanutto has also also been invited to speak at this summer’s Modern Band Symposium at Colorado State University, July 31-Aug 1. Over 200 teachers from across the country will be attending sessions.