Bluesettes at Disneyland

The Bluesettes (alumni Katrina Kochevar, Miko Shudo, Rachel St. Marseille) performed first Disneyland gig at the Fantasy Fair Stage in early July.

They also performed recently at an  Irvine Concert In The Park, with the Swing Cats Big Band on the Queen Mary and at the the Nixon Library.

Lisa Castleman at Chamber Music Northwest

Alumna Lisa Castleman is Assistant Production Manager for Chamber Music Northwest.

Chamber Music Northwest is in its 44th season and participates in over 80 events annually, including Summer and Winter festivals of outstanding concerts, unique “Club Concerts” in alternative venues, illuminating outreach activities, educational programs supporting young musicians, and innovative collaborations across the Portland Metro region.

Alumni and Faculty back Arturo Sandoval Benefit

Arturo Sandoval performed a benefit concert at he at the Alex Theatre in Glendale on Feb 15.

The powerhouse trumpet section for the Arturo Sandoval Big Band included alumni Wayne Bergeron and Gary Gopar, adjunct instructor Dan Fornero, and Gary Grant and Jeff Bunnell.

All proceeds from the show were donated to the Glendale Educational Foundation and Glendale Arts — two organizations that promote the arts and music education among local students.

Axel Clarke as Ringo in Beatles Tribute Band

Alumnus Axel Clarke is currently touring with a Beatles Tribute Band (yes, Axel is Ringo) in a Beatles vs Stones throw down.

In April, the band, Abbey Road, begin touring “In My Life – A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles.” They’ll play Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City UT, as well as other stops in AZ, UT, ID MT, OR, and WA

BCCM Recruits at California All-State Music Education Conference

Six of our faculty attended CASMEC, the California All-State Music Education Conference, in Fresno last weekend. John Carnahan and the Wind Symphony performed a clinic on clarity and Christine Guter directed the high school all-state vocal jazz ensemble.

BCCM had a recruiting booth manned by all in attendance including Jermie Arnold, Deb Mitchell, Dan Zanutto, and Carolyn Bremer. Several alumni and students came by for their BCCM alumni buttons.