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

Thieves steal Armijo Super Band instruments – Daily Republic

By Ian Thompson

An undetermined amount of band equipment is missing from the Armijo High School Super Band after the school’s band room was burglarized during the weekend, according to Fairfield police and the Fairfield-Suisun School District.

Police and school officials are still working out just how many instruments were stolen and are examining video surveillance tapes from both the school and the surrounding community to see if they can get more clues as to who may have committed the theft.

Source: Thieves steal Armijo Super Band instruments

2 Fairfield-Suisun musicians earn all-state honors, perform for music educators – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

Two local high school students have earned all-state honors and will perform this weekend at the California All-State Music Education Conference in San Jose.

They competed, via auditions, with other high school students across the state.

Quinn Weaver, a Rodriguez High School senior, was selected to be one of 17 members of the high school vocal jazz group.

His musical education began when he was 6 and started with piano. Weaver also plays the tuba and trombone. He studies vocals with Jay Trottier, who brings Handel’s “Messiah” to life every Christmas.

Source: 2 Fairfield-Suisun musicians earn all-state honors, perform for music educators

Barbershop quartet delivers gift of song on Valentine’s Day – The Reporter

By Jessica Rogness

Singing greetings were heard around Solano County for Valentine’s Day.

Marion Graff, who volunteers at David Weir K-8 Preparatory Academy, booked the “Sounds About Right” barbershop quartet to visit the fourth grade classroom of Eileen Witt-Albedi Tuesday.

“I’ve done this before for teachers and the kids just love it,” Graff said.

Her late husband was a “barbershopper” in San Jose, and she has been involved with the Barbershop Harmony Society for 30 years.

Source: Barbershop quartet delivers gift of song on Valentine’s Day

Music education instrumental, Fairfield-Suisun School District candidates agree – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

One candidate supported another at a Wednesday forum for people running Nov. 8 for the Fairfield-Suisun School District board of trustees.

District elections mean Mike Wright isn’t seeking the same trustee seat as Joan Gaut, who he praised for her wealth of knowledge and said he supports.

Candidates at the forum held by Music for Our Children also agreed about the importance of music education and spoke about the school district employing six full-time music teachers but 25 physical education teachers.

Source: Music education instrumental, Fairfield-Suisun School District candidates agree

Fairfield High Scarlet Brigade to host Tournament of Champions – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Fairfield High School’s Scarlet Brigade Marching Band will host the 28th annual Tournament of Champions on Nov. 19.

More than 40 middle school and high school band programs from Northern California and Nevada will perform at Fairfield High.

The parade will begin at 9 a.m. on Dover Avenue. Concert and jazz performances begin at 8 a.m. at the school, which is located at 205 E. Atlantic Ave. A field show competition wraps up the day at 5:30 p.m. at Schaefer Stadium.

Source: Fairfield High Scarlet Brigade to host Tournament of Champions

Benicia High School productions win big at Artys – Benicia Herald

Benicia Herald Staff Report

The following is a complete list of every category that Benicia High School won in at this weekend’s Arty Awards:

High School Comedy/Drama

*Sound Design: Alina Martinez and Foxx Molinari, “Our Town”

*Lighting Design: Phil Alexander, “Our Town”

*Lead Actress: Maya Singh Sharkey, “Our Town”

Source: Benicia High School productions win big at Artys

Saved by the bells, handbells, that is – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Saved by the bells. Handbells, to be exact.

“I thought my brain was gone,” said Brooke Bosler, 32, a trained opera singer who grew up in Vacaville, recalling a grand mal seizure last year. “I couldn’t drive for three months. I’m glad I had the bells to focus my brain. With bells, I’m always using my musical skills.”

Bosler, who earned a master’s degree in music performance, noted she could not drive for three months afterward, but, by picking up and playing handbells, as she did at Will C. Wood High School as a teenager, she gradually regained her musical ability and confidence, enough so to at least continue singing arts songs at occasional recitals and concerts, as she will Thursday night in a Napa church.

Source: Saved by the bells, handbells, that is

Elementary P.E., music, new board policies on FSUSD agenda tonight – The Reporter

By  Richard Bammer

Elementary music instruction and the review and possible approval of several policies are on the agenda when Fairfield-Suisun Unified trustees meet tonight in Fairfield.

The director of elementary education, Cindy Brown, will lead a discussion about the physical education, music and art programs in K-5 and K-8 schools. Her presentation will include information about the level of music and band instruction provided in the elementary schools. The district employs 39 specialists in physical education, seven in art and music.

The sprawling district, the county’s largest, has some 21,000 students across more than two dozen campuses.

 

Source: Elementary P.E., music, new board policies on FSUSD agenda tonight

Grange’s Hunt the leader of – and composer for – the band – Daily Republic

By Paul Farmer

Wally Hunt doesn’t move to the beat of a different drummer.

He’s the different drummer, the one who writes and arranges marches used by his Grange Middle School Blue Ranger marching band – and any other middle school or small high school band that uses his work.

Hunt, 58, has been a music teacher in the Fairfield-Suisun School District for 26 years, the last seven as band director at Grange, the previous 17 at then Dover Middle School, the rest split between Amy Blanc, David Weir and Fairview elementary schools.

Source: Grange’s Hunt the leader of – and composer for – the band

Music students featured at annual ‘Black Tie Gala Concert’ – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Black ties, gowns, symphony and the promise of excellence are on tap June 5 at the Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre.

Select student artists from the Young Artists Conservatory of Music will perform in the annual “Black Tie Gala Concert.”

The student artists were chosen by Young Artists Academy of Music artistic director, Wanda Cook.

The concert is preceded by a 5:30 p.m. reception. Solano Music Conservatory students will perform.

Source: Music students featured at annual ‘Black Tie Gala Concert’