By RHSEU Boosters
High School Musicians from all over Solano County came together on Sunday, January 12, 2020, at the Vacaville Performance Arts Theater to perform in the 62nd Annual Solano County High School Honor Band. Leading up to this event students were encouraged to send in audition pieces to be selected to play in this special ensemble. The total members came to 117 strong selected from ten high schools from across Solano County. RHSEU was honored with the placement of 21 students listed here below. The entire ensemble met less than a handful of times to practice the five pieces chosen for Sunday’s concert; Cyprus the Great – Karl King, Magnolia Star – Steve Danyew, Rest – Frank Ticheli, Shepherd’s Hey – Percy Grainger, and First Suite in E Flat – Gustav Holst. Led by Guest Conductor Dr. John Zarco, Director of Instrumental Ensembles and Associate Professor of Music at the University of Texas at San Antonio, the students put on a rousing performance for a full house of family and friends. We are so very proud of our Honor Band Members and of all the student musicians in our county. Well done, All!
Source: Good News: RHSEU: 21 Students Selected for 62nd Annual Solano County Honor Band
By RHSEU Boosters Communications Officer
For the Fall 2019 Marching Season we have the opportunity to collaborate with outstanding musicians from the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West. During the first hour of our Thursday night practices until the end of the season they will be working with different sections of the REU helping to refine the students’ techniques. Over the next several weeks we will be posting a short submission highlighting each one of these Airmen-musicians. We are also working on a blog for our website. Coming soon.
The U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West is stationed at Travis Air Force Base here in Fairfield, CA and is the only active duty Air Force Band west of the Rockies. With a history dating back to 1941, the current band is a descendant of two different Air Force Bands: the 15th Air Force Band and the North American Air Defense Command Band. It is comprised of 60 talented and versatile Airmen-musicians and is under the command of Major Joseph S. Hansen. They have performed in civilian communities in California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona and Nevada in over 250 annual performances for 1.5 million listeners. In addition to performing, the band supports 13 Air Force bases, 8 Air Force Reserve Wings and 6 recruiting squadrons.
Source: Good News: RHSEU: U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West Mentors REU
Saturday, October 19, 2019, the Rodriguez HS Entertainment Unit attended the 41st Annual Del Oro High School Spectacular in Loomis, CA and they took the show! Starting with the morning events, REU Percussion took 1st Place Street Percussion Overall. It’s been over six years since the REU have performed in the Street Percussion category. Pit Captain Taylor Slight performed solo with Battery in Del Oro, however the routine is still being refined and will soon include more members from Pit. (video on our Facebook)
Source: Good News: RHSEU: Sweeps 2019 Del Oro Spectacular
By RHSEU Boosters
Saturday, October 12, 2019, the Rodriguez High School Entertainment Unit began their 2019 Fall Season by attending the 8th Annual Franklin High School Invitational Band Review in Elk Grove, California. This Review attracts bands from Northern California and Nevada. The Jazz, Concert, Parade, and Street Percussion competitions were hosted by Franklin High School while Consumnes Oaks High School hosted the Field Show portion.
The REU competed in the Parade, Street Percussion, and Field Show categories at the 5A level. The band performs “Joyce’s 71st New York Regiment March” for their street performance. The Field Show this year titled “The Road Not Taken” by John M. Meehan features four soloists. The students performed outstandingly for their first competition performances of the season.
Source: Good News: RHSEU: Begins New 2019 Fall Season with Eight Trophies
By Nick Sestanovich
Neil Postman famously wrote, “Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.” With that in mind, it is considered important for children to set positive examples — and form positive relationships — starting from a very early age to ensure that the future itself is positive.
Sheila Herd, a math teacher at CA Jacobs Middle School, chose to promote positive culture among youth via a music video she shot of students throughout Dixon Unified School District. To bring that message home, she chose the very right song and had the blessing of the band that wrote it.
Herd describes herself as a music lover who attends a lot of concerts and bonds with her son over a lot of bands. One band she is a huge fan of is the Strumbellas, a Canadian indie folk band best known for their 2016 No. 1 alternative hit “Spirits,” which netted them several Canadian music awards, including the coveted Juno Award for Single of the Year.
Source: Dixon teacher shoots music video promoting positive relationships – The Reporter
By McNaughton Newspapers
The Solano Symphony Orchestra will hold its annual Young Artists Competition on Saturday, Nov 9, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1600 Union Avenue in Fairfield. Classically trained musicians between the ages of 12 and 21 are invited to apply and compete in four categories: vocal, piano, winds and strings.
The first-place winner in each category will win a monetary prize and the chance to perform as a featured soloist with the Solano Symphony Orchestra during its “Salute to Youth” concert, under the direction of Semyon Lohss, on Feb. 9.
Source: Youths invited to apply for classical music competition
By Nick Sestanovich
For the last 11 years, Dixon High School’s student bands have had the opportunity to perform with world-class musicians for special concerts.
The tradition will continue April 24 when the DHS Jazz Band and Wind Ensemble will get to perform in front of a live audience with none other than Tom E. Politzer, the lead tenor saxophonist with Tower of Power.
Yes, that Tower of Power.
Source: Dixon High bands to play with Tower of Power saxophonist – The Reporter
By RHSEU Boosters
RHSEU Winter Programs competed this past Saturday, March 2nd, at back to back events; the 27th Annual Pageantry on Parade hosted by Fairfield High School and the Armijo Winter Review hosted by Armijo High School. All groups did very well for early in the season. Here are specific results for the L-Pattern/Field Conducting students.
Source: Good News: RHSEU at Pageantry on Parade & Armijo Winter Review
By Susan Hiland
Competition and camaraderie were the order of the day Saturday as Fairfield High School’s Scarlet Brigade Band hosted dozens of marching bands from across the region at the 27th annual Pageantry on Parade.
The event drew 30 middle schools and high schools from throughout Northern California. The daylong competition had different performing units, ranging in divisions from Middle School Novice to High School Open.
The start of the day was a little stressful with the rain making another appearance this week.
“Setting up at 5 a.m. we didn’t know if it would continue all day or not,” said Brian Swetland, music director for Fairfield High School. “If we could just get a sliver of sun that would cheer everyone up.”
Source: Students compete at 27th annual Pageantry on Parade
By Martha Saldaña-Wolf
The Solano Winds will be “On Stage” this spring with an exciting musical program.
The Winds continues its 24th season at 8 p.m. March 8 at the Downtown Theatre, 1035 Texas St. The program not only features an euphonium solo by Alison Mahovsky but also a combined presentation with the Yolo Community Band.
The concert will give the audience the opportunity to experience the musical talents of both bands as each presents a mini-concert, then join forces to present music that is guaranteed to bring down the walls as the 135 combined musicians present their renditions of the elegant “God’s Country” by Rossano Galante and the dramatic “Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral” by
Source: Community News: Solano Winds to feature Fairfield teacher, yolo students
By RHSEU Boosters
The Rodriguez High School Entertainment Unit’s 13th Annual Crab Feed on Feb. 16 was a great success.
Thirty-four tables of eight guests each were sold out only a couple of weeks after tickets went on sale.
The Jazz Band and Jazz Choir created the perfect ambience for the feasting while many of the student members and booster parents worked behind the scenes to make for a smooth evening. As usual the band family and friends thank participants from the bottom of our hearts for your support.
Source: Community News: Rodriguez band boosters crab feed a success
By RHSEU Boosters
RHSEU Jazz Ensembles impressed the judges at this weekend’s 30th Annual Folsom Jazz Festival. RHSEU Jazz Choir scored straight 1s (1 being the highest) while RHSEU Jazz Band scored an overall 2. To end a perfect day, all students and guests were treated to a performance by the famous Gordan Goodwin Big Phat Band. For video recaps of RHSEU performances please visit our Facebook page @rhseu.
RHSEU Jazz Choir and Band’s next scheduled open public appearance will be Wednesday, April 3, at the FSUSD Jazz Festival held in downtown Fairfield. More info to come as the date nears! Visit our website www.rhseu.org or follow us on Facebook to stay up to date.
Source: Good News: RHSEU: Impresses at Folsom Jazz Fest
Nine Benicia Middle School students were accepted to the 2019 North Bay Honor Band. Following a two-day rehearsal, the concert took place at Pioneer High School in Woodland, Calif. On Jan. 20.
“It’ll be nice to let the town know what a great music program we have. There are many talented students in Benicia,” said Benicia Middle School Music Boosters President Carol Ham. “Students were focused and well behaved during the two-day rehearsal. The performance was amazing!”
Source: 9 BMS students accepted to North Bay Honor Band
By RHSEU Boosters
The 16th Annual Rodriguez Winter Review takes place this weekend at Angelo Rodriguez High School.
It’s the first competition of the winter season for Winter Percussion (mallet line and drum line), Winter Guard, L-Pattern and Field Conducting.
The competition is hosted by the Rodriguez High School Entertainment Unit. It starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. Saturday at the school, 5000 Red Top Road. Concession stands will be available.
Source: Community News: School to host 16th Annual Rodriguez Winter Review
By Suzanne Carlson
Solano retired teachers were in a generous mood at the Division 24 California Retired Teachers Association holiday party Dec. 4 at The Clubhouse at Rancho Solano.
Members collected $3,285 for the Butte County Camp Fire victims and $700 for grants for teachers in Solano County. The retired teachers also donated $723 to the Green Valley Middle School band program.
The jazz band, under the direction of Dan Peckham, provided holiday music for the organization’s festive event.
Source: Community News: Retired teachers group raises money for Camp Fire victims, Green Valley school band, area teachers
By Daily Republic Staff
Mary Farmar Elementary School in Benicia has received a $5,000 grant to buy instruments and equipment for its music program.
The grant comes from the KNBR Step Up to the Plate for Education program, which is funded by Wells Fargo and promoted by Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford.
“As a kid, my parents always emphasized the importance of an education – above and beyond participating in sports,” Crawford said in a statement announcing the grants. “As a Bay Area native, it is an honor to be part of a program that increases education and athletic programs for local kids.”
Source: Benicia school gets $5K from Crawford-promoted program
On Saturday, November 3rd, the Rodriguez HS Entertainment Unit (REU) attended the 15th Annual Folsom High School Fall Festival. This competition featured the Field Show element only. The band did exceptionally well, especially in the Field Conducting category. The Drum Majors placed 1st in our Division (5A) for Field Conducting and also received the honor of High Field Conducting, which is the equivalent of a Sweepstakes award, overall. The band also earned three 2nd place trophies: Field Show Division 5A, Brass overall, and Woodwinds overall. The percussion unit, comprised of Drumline and Front Ensemble, earned a solid 3rd place overall. Color Guard placed 3rd overall although there was no trophy awarded for this particular placement at this specific competition. The REU took home a total of six trophies. Well done all!
Source: Good News: RHSEU: Fantastic Field Conducting
By RHSEU Boosters Communication Officer
There are three outstanding high school marching bands in the Fairfield Suisun Unified School District led by three outstanding directors. Scott Miller leads the Rodriguez High School Entertainment Unit, Louise Jacob leads the Armijo Super Band, and Brian Swetland leads the Fairfield High Scarlet Brigade. All three directors work steadfastly to provide the “ultimate experience in musicianship, teamwork, and leadership.” (– Fairfield HS, Scarlet Brigade website). Even though I only speak for the REU, I know we recognize the important force these three adults play in our children’s lives. Today we would like to give thanks to these marvelous teachers who help guide and inspire the students in our community, even before they get to high school.
Thank you, band directors, for instilling a sense of responsibility, pride, honor, work ethics, high standards, and moral fiber in the young citizens of our community. We think with such great training they have a better chance to go into the world as successful contributors to our society! Keep up the good work.
Source: Good News: A Spectacular Trio
By Bill Hicks
Area high school marching band participants could soon be earning PE credit as they practice their halftime routines if the advocates who spoke during Thursday night’s Fairfield-Suisun School District governing board meeting have anything to say about it.
The board currently is mulling an idea in place by a handful of surrounding school districts that allows the repetitive and sometimes rigorous physical training involved in marching band field shows – and parade events – to be counted as adequately meeting physical education requirements.
Parents and others affiliated with the district’s band programs testified to the board that band members can put in as many as 90-plus hours of training in the two weeks prior to the start of school, as well as 12- to 13-hour days of marching and loading/offloading of bulky band equipment during weekend competitions.
Source: Fairfield-Suisun band members could soon march for PE credit
By Daily Republic Staff
Rodriguez High School is tackling a musical with Tony winner “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”
The play is based on a book by Rachel Sheinkin and features a score from William Finn. It centers on an eclectic group of six midpubescents competing for the spelling championship of a lifetime.
They candidly disclose stories from their home lives and spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words.
In a high school gym, longtime hostess Rona Lisa Peretti, played by Karis Bailey and Danielle Davison, finalizes the preparations for the annual county spelling bee, reminiscing about her own spelling bee victory, many years prior.
Source: Rodriguez thespians dive into musicals with ‘Spelling Bee’