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”.”

Coleachella News

Coleachella, our extravaganza of current students and alumni rock/jazz/alt bands on Friday, August 31, 2012, now has interest from 16 bands! It is shaping up to be a fun afternoon/evening of visiting with friends, hearing great music, helping our student organizations, and bringing together BCCM students and alumni.

Please save the date and come if you can. The concert–marathon–is free. Best guess is that we’ll start at 4:00 and run into the late evening.



Alumni, students, faculty, and staff are invited to “Coleachella,” an extravaganza featuring alumni and current students’ rock/jazz/alt bands on Friday, August 31, 2012 in Daniel Recital Hall. The concert is free; student organizations will sell food and drinks in the lobby with all proceeds going directly to those organizations (SAI, Phi Mu Alpha, ACDA, Comp Guild, etc).

If you’re a current student or an alum in a band who’d like to perform, please let me know by email carolyn.bremer@csulb.edu. I’d like to hear from you by May 1st, if possible. I already have seven groups lined up (and a special treat which I’ll just say is a band called “Lead Sister” and they might play some tunes familiar to us all). It could be a bit of a marathon; my best guess is that I can slot 30 or 45-minute sets. The start time will depend on how many sets we have.

If you’re in the area, please try to come for all or part of Coleachella. Meet our current students, introduce yourself to the new Freshmen, see old friends, and hear some great music. Wander between the hall muisc and the lobby for food and drink (or, if you’re in the mood for something alcoholic, you can step back in time at Pizza Mania). The construction will be very close to completion so you’ll get a sneak peak through the fences at the fabulous new entrance, amphitheater and pavilion.