Marc Harris to NYC to Celebrate ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame

The 2013 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award Winners, including Freshman Marc Harris and alumni Elliot Deutsch and Daniel Kaneyuki have been invited to the invite you to attend the ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Monday, December 9,  2013 New York City at the ASCAP Gallery, One Lincoln Plaza. The inductees are Cab Calloway, Charlie Mingus, Ornette Coleman, Arturo Sandoval, and Esperanza Spalding.

Darren Loney Wins Big in his First Year

Gahr High’s Marching Band, Alumnus Darren Loney Director of Bands, received an extraordinary article about their 3A Division of the 2013 California State Band Championship season in the Orange County Register.

Darren is in his first year at Gahr, and is quoted in the article saying, ““We can’t control the other groups that show up,” Loney advised his team, “so as long as the band has their best performance up until that point, (we’ve) achieved something great”.”

Steven Spielberg and the Return to Film School Wins Big

A film scored by Daniel Ellis won two awards at the CSU Media Arts Festival. Steven Spielberg and the Return to Film School won the narrative category, and the Audience Choice Award.

The film’s director Joshua Hoh said, “And to top it all off, we had the pleasure of recording the final three-minute piece of the film with the CSULB Symphony Orchestra, made up of 80 of CSULB’s finest musicians. As a music minor myself, it was truly a dream come true to bring the film and music departments together for this project.”

There were 154 entries from 16 CSU campuses.  You can watch the film here.

Dr. Leland Vail, Distinguished Faculty Advisor

We celebrated Lee Vail’s award as the 2012 Distinguished Faculty Advisor, as well as his last semester as a full time faculty member. Lee will begin the Early Faculty Retirement program in the fall.

Lee has been the undergraduate advisor since being named to a tenure-track position. He has also acted as the graduate advisor.

Several current and former students wrote on his behalf. Jeremy Cooley wrote, “He wanted to be sure I was succeeding, to help me become the musician that I wanted to be.  If he was in his office, the door was always open, welcoming students with questions and concerns at any time, never turning anyone away.  Come Christmastime, he would bring hot cider and offer it to any and all who passed by his office.  It was clear to me that he loves his work,  that not only does he love the students for whose success he is responsible, but that he loves life and people in general.”

Anna DeMichele wrote, ”He offers humor when appropriate, correction when warranted and advice when needed. He is very approachable, always treats students with the utmost respect, and his general attitude is reflective of one who truly enjoys his job.”

Corbin Foster wrote, “I knew that, if I felt like I wasn’t going far enough or as good as I thought I should be, I knew I could talk to him about it. Perhaps it was because he was so hard on people, that whenever he would look at you, take off his glasses and smile with not only his bushy salt and pepper beard, his eyes would show genuine concern. I always left his office feeling better, feeling brave enough to step back into those brick halls and hit the practice room some more.”

PST wins Downbeat Best Vocal Jazz Ensemble – again!

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Congratulations to PST, Pacific Standard Time, and its director Christine Guter. PST has been named the top vocal jazz group in the US. We are now able to announce that PST won the DownBeat Magazine Student Music Awards Collegiate Graduate Vocal Jazz Category for the SECOND YEAR in a ROW.

Olga Kulchytska won in the vocal category for Blues/Pop/Rock Soloist, Undergraduate College Outstanding Performance.

We are so proud of PST and Olga, and their accomplishments! If you’d like to hear them live, please come to the Vocal Jazz concert on Saturday, APRIL 28 at 8:00 PM in the University Theatre. Tickets: $10 / $7. Cheer PST on!

You can also see some of their amazing performance closing the ADCA Regional Festival in Reno from February on our CSULBmusic youtube channel. The PST playlist is here.