Solano Youth Theatre opens season with ‘Mulan Jr.’ – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Solano Youth Theatre, a division of Young Artists Conservatory of Music, opens the 2017-18 season this weekend with Disney’s “Mulan Jr.”

“Our SYT is a great expression of our community at its best,” said Wanda Cook, artistic director and founder of the Young Artists Conservatory of Music, in a press release.

“Each SYT show gives our student actors the opportunity to develop lifelong skills. It pulls together hundreds of adults in support of excellence demonstrated in the life of a hard-working young person.”

Source: Solano Youth Theatre opens season with ‘Mulan Jr.’

Vacaville High choir kicks off busy season at ‘Christmas in My Hometown’ – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

Ashley Parker, who directs the Vacaville High School choir, begins listening and searching for Christmas music in the late summer.

“I joke around that I’m always ‘bah humbug’ by the time Christmas actually gets here,” she shared in an email.

The choir kicks off a busy holiday season Nov. 25 as they make their third appearance in “Christmas in My Hometown,” now in its 12th year.

That will be followed by singing Nov. 28 at the annual Festival of Trees in Vacaville.

Source: Vacaville High choir kicks off busy season at ‘Christmas in My Hometown’

Local students prepare for another Merriment on Main ensemble – The Reporter

By Michael Morris

It’s that time of year in which music often acts as a uniting force for communities throughout the country.

Whether the sounds of the season exude from the speakers of a family’s living room or spills through the illuminated neighborhood streets as carolers go from house to house, Christmas music often rekindles the most treasured of memories as people reconvene for Merriment on Main Nov. 28.

For families set to attend to the 35th tree lighting, music has become ingrained within the tradition of Christmas in Vacaville. While there will be a collection of professional artists, the performances by the younger and less seasoned crowd have been a popular point of interest year after year.

Although the local jazz bands at Vacaville and Will C. Wood high schools have been an integral part of the annual celebration, the choir at Jean Callison Elementary School returns after more than 25 years providing their unique spin on the annual festivities. After originally performing on the sidewalk adjacent to where Fleet Feet Sports currently resides, the budding group of more than 100 elementary students will return with 14 unique songs and plenty of movement.

Source: Local students prepare for another Merriment on Main ensemble

Scarlet Brigade announces Tournament of Champions band revue – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Fairfield High School’s acclaimed Scarlet Brigade Marching Band will host the 29th annual Tournament of Champions from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 18.

The competition viewing area is on Dover Avenue between East Atlantic Avenue and Cement Hill Road. The parade begins at 9 a.m. Concert and jazz performances begin at 8 a.m. at Fairfield High School, 205 E. Atlantic Ave.

More than 40 elite middle school and high school band programs from Northern California and Nevada will perform. The event ends with a field show competition at 5:30 p.m. at Schaefer Stadium.

Source: Scarlet Brigade announces Tournament of Champions band revue

Will C. Wood Jazz Earns 1st Place In Division – Daily Republic

By Richard Cook

Congratulations to The Will C. Wood Jazz Band who performed at the 40th Annual Grape Bowl Classic in Lodi on Saturday November 4th. The band earned 1st Place in their division. Will C. Wood will compete again on Saturday, November 18th at Fairfield High School to end the season.

Source: Good News: Will C. Wood Jazz Earns 1st Place In Division

Will C. Wood Singers’ madrigal returns to Vacaville Opera House – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The Will C. Wood Singers’ 21st annual madrigal dinner production is Nov. 30 through Dec. 2 at the Vacaville Opera House.

Performances are at 7 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. There will be a 2 p.m. matinée Dec. 2. The evening performances feature a catered meal. The venue is at 560 Main St., Suite C.

Source: Will C. Wood Singers’ madrigal returns to Vacaville Opera House

BHS Panther Band hosts first golf tournament fundraiser over weekend – Benicia Herald

By Nick Sestanovich

Benicia High School’s Panther Band Boosters held the program’s first-ever golf tournament fundraiser at Hiddenbrooke Golf Club on Sunday where money was raised and fun was had by all.

Benicia High School’s band program– including its jazz band, Color Guard, drumline and two concert bands– remains one of the school’s proudest organizations. The program has won an ocean of awards over the years and traveled all over to participate in band reviews, competitions and other events. After all, this was the same program that was part of the Rose Parade for two years and has even performed outside the state in places like Chicago and Georgia.

However, it does cost money to participate in these events, so the Boosters group puts on a variety of fundraisers to benefit the program. These include the Jazz ‘N’ Crab Fundraiser in January, the Benicia Bay Winter Review Fundraiser and the Classic Car Show Fundraiser in the spring. With three fundraisers in the spring semester, Booster President Holly Ojendyk said the parent group was looking for another one to hold in the fall.

Source: BHS Panther Band hosts first golf tournament fundraiser over weekend

Will C. Wood Band Earns Awards in Elk Grove – Daily Republic

By Richard Cook

The Will C. Wood Band traveled to Elk Grove to compete in the 6th Annual Franklin Band Review on October 14th and earned awards in Concert and Jazz competition.

The students of the Wind Ensemble earned 3rd Place and the Jazz Band earned 5th in their division. The Jazz Band will travel to Lodi in November to compete again at the Lodi Grape Bowl Classic. The Wind Ensemble performs again in Fairfield at the Tournament of Champions, also in November.

Source: Our Successes: Will C. Wood Band Earns Awards in Elk Grove

Will C. Wood Band Hosting Fundraiser Event – Daily Republic

By Richard Cook

Attention ALL Wildcat fans! On Saturday, October 21st, the Will C. Wood High School Band Boosters will be hosting their 1st annual Mattress Fundraiser Sale!

We will be turning the high school gym into a mattress showroom. There will be Simmons Beautyrest and more top brands in all sizes. Memory foam, latex, pillowtops and hybrid styles will be on display, priced up to 50% below retail store prices! Further discounts also offered for retired or active Teachers or school staff, First Responders, and Military.

Source: School Event: Will C. Wood Band Hosting Fundraiser Event

Fairfield band boosters seek Tournament of Champions sponsors – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The Scarlet Brigade Boosters Club of Fairfield High School is seeking community members and businesses to help sponsor the 29th annual Tournament of Champions Band Review.

The event is Nov. 18 and is expected to draw 40 middle and high school band programs from Northern California and Nevada.

Sponsorships are needed by Oct. 23.

Source: Fairfield band boosters seek Tournament of Champions sponsors

Retired educator follows musical dream – The Reporter

By Jessica Rogness

Nancy Northrup was born and raised in Vacaville — and on music.

“I’ve always had music as part of my life,” said the Winters resident, who plays guitar and mandolin when she performs.

Later this month, Northrup will be traveling to Waycross, Ga. to play at the Gram Parsons Festival.

She has a busy September and October scheduled locally too, with performances at Berryessa Gap and Seka Hills Winery.

She has also played at the Vacaville farmer’s market, and hosts open mics at Steady Eddy’s in Winters the last Saturday of each month and at Berryessa Gap the third Thursday of each month.

“I see Winters becoming this Renaissance place for art,” Northrup said.

There are many great musicians there who haven’t come out of their shell yet, she said.

She also has played at The Bluebird in Nashville twice.

Source: Retired educator follows musical dream

Vacaville Jazz Festival includes local musicians – Daily Republic

By Tony Wade

Will C. Wood senior Brette Stout will be one of the hundreds of musicians performing in the 18th annual Vacaville Jazz Festival produced by the Vaca Jazz Society from Sept. 15-17 in numerous locations.

While Stout was not yet born when the yearly tip of the fedora to America’s indigenous musical art form began, one may deduce that she was genetically predisposed to be a part of it. Stout’s father, Ken Stout, and her uncle – her father’s twin, Keith Stout – are longtime staples of the local jazz scene.

Source: Vacaville Jazz Festival includes local musicians

Music grants available through late October – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Applications are being accepted for music grants from the Donald and Rose Marie Wong Endowment Fund.

The endowment, established in 2011, is open to public and private schools in Solano County. The Solano Community Foundation administers the fund and will accept applications through Oct. 25.

For information and application form, visit the “Wong” fund page at www.solanocf.org.

Source: Music grants available through late October

Thursday benefit concert at Vacaville High canceled – The Reporter

A Thursday concert and fundraiser for Vacaville Unified high school music programs has been canceled, an event organizer has announced.

The concert, with at least three bands on the bill, was set for Zunino Stadium at Vacaville High.

In an email routed to The Reporter, Aaron George said “the construction situation” at the West Monte Vista Avenue campus, where crews are finishing the construction of a new classroom building and starting on another, forced the event’s cancellation.

Source: Thursday benefit concert at Vacaville High canceled

Sound of music at Zunino Stadium – The Reporter

Tom Zunino Stadium at Vacaville High will be alive next month with the sound of music.

With three bands scheduled, a concert to raise money for Vacaville Unified school music departments will be from noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 10 at the stadium, 100 W. Monte Vista Ave.

Admission is $10.

Music will be provided by Vacaville High’s California Roll, Buckingham Charter High’s Beyond Gravity, and Wood High’s The Afterschool Special.

Dress for the weather, bring lawn chairs and umbrellas. Refreshments will be available.

Source: Sound of music at Zunino Stadium

Benicia Middle School drum major reflects on undefeated season – Benicia Herald

By Nick Sestanovich

Meadow Iniguez had an incredible season with her school band. She was an undefeated drum major, picked up several awards and got to compete in the high school division.The catch? She is only in middle school.

The incoming eighth-grader at Benicia Middle School has been performing music since she was a member of Joe Henderson Elementary School’s band. Meadow enjoys being able to take several different pieces of music and turn them into a cohesive work of art.“You can tell a story through music,” she said. “It’s a type of expression.”

For the last two years, Meadow has been a member of the BMS Viking Band under the direction of Glenn Walp. Along the way, she has won awards in conducting, parade band, drum major and an Outstanding Performer Award.A big achievement for Meadow was when she got to compete in Rodriguez High School’s Winter Band Review.

Source: Benicia Middle School drum major reflects on undefeated season

Music students support teacher’s vision of Waldorf-inspired school – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Rich honed her violin skills in a bedroom converted into a music studio inside Alina Adams’ Vacaville home.

She’ll perform Sunday in hopes of helping Adams realize her dream of starting the Pleasant Valley School, inspired by the Waldorf method that believes education is an art and it must speak to the child’s experience.

Adams has been teaching 14 years. Rich has been with her for 11 years.

Adams has put on a show featuring her students each year. Admission was free.

Source: Music students support teacher’s vision of Waldorf-inspired school

Teen drummer competes in national competition, releases new song – The Reporter

By Jessica Rogness

As a young child, Molly Hendricksen would play percussion on pots and pans and the back seat in her parents’ car.

“And then they discovered I could actually keep a beat,” she said, and finally bought her a toy drum set when she was 8 years old.

In the years that followed, Hendricksen would take drumming lessons and play music at school.

Now 17 and a Vacaville High School senior, Hendricksen recently competed in the “Hit Like A Girl” drumming contest under her performance moniker Molly Rose.

Last year, she placed second runner-up in the under 18 category of this international contest.

Each contestant submits a video and biography which are judged by professional judges and drummers.

This year, Hendrickson took a different approach by playing a Latin groove in the first half of her video entry, followed by “She’s Country” by Jason Aldean.

 

Source: Teen drummer competes in national competition, releases new song

Papa Roach Day will be declared Saturday in Vacaville – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Wednesday will be declared Papa Roach Day for the world-touring, Grammy-nominated, triple-platinum rock band with members who originally hail from Vacaville.

Papa Roach will come home Wednesday to deliver a message to Solano County children: Be fearless, dream big, aim high to develop your full creative potential, a statement released about the event said.

Papa Roach, formed in 1993 with members Jacoby Shaddix, a student at Vacaville High, Jerry Horton, of Vanden High, Tobin Esperance and Tony Palermo – has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide, the release added.

Source: Papa Roach Day will be declared Saturday in Vacaville

Vanden grad making waves in roots music – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

She is Nell Robinson now.

Vanden High School staff and students, circa 1976-80, knew her as Hilary Perkins.

She is heralded today as a “modern day Patsy Cline” and “one of the freshest voices in roots music.

”Robinson, who graduated from Vanden in 1979, grew up loving music. Her parents listened to many styles and Robinson sang in church choirs, played the flute and other instruments.

Source: Vanden grad making waves in roots music