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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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’
By Cindy McNutt
The Benicia High School bands will have their annual For Fun Concert on Wednesday, May 25th, in the Benicia High School Gym at 6:30 p.m. This is the last concert of the year and all of the high school bands will perform a wide variety of music. In addition, the current year’s march is retired and the color guard will perform its award-winning Winter Guard Show. Admission is free.
Source: BHS For Fun Concert
By Tony Wade
Armijo High School celebrates 125 years in 2016 and the Armijo Alumni Association, itself celebrating 25 years, is throwing a fundraising concert for scholarships called ARMIJO ROCKS!
Getting The Malibus, a band of friends who are all graduates of the school, to headline was the granddaddy of all no-brainers.
The Malibus formed in 1963 and include Class of 1966 grads bassist Dana Byerley and rhythm guitarist Scott Lockwood, as well as Class of 1967 grads drummer Dean McMillen and lead guitarist Rick Lowe, currently of The Time Bandits.
Source: Old-school Armijo musicians to rock benefit concert
By Richard Bammer
Eight years ago, Vacaville’s own acclaimed Honeybee Trio were young, excitable, bursting-with-talent songbirds, one member a preteen, the other two just entering their teen years, but Natalie Angst, Karli Bosler and Sarah McElwain were already creating — pardon this metaphor — a buzz.
In March 2009, emulating the Andrews Sisters with their close harmonies, World War II-era costumes and stage dynamics, the girls packed the Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre, singing behind the Moonlight Swing Big Band, acing tunes such as “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” and “Straighten Up and Fly Right.”
Source: A reunion, and also a fond farewell
The Will C. Wood High spring production will be a nonmusical version of “Meet Me in St. Louis,” a comedy better known by its 1944 film version starring Judy Garland.
The staging opens at 7 p.m. Thursday and continues at the same time May 6 and 7 in the school’s Catwalk Theatre, 998 Marshall Road.
Tickets are $7 adults and $5 for students at the door.
The story tells the tale of the four rambunctious Smith sisters. They decide they do not want to move just when the 1904 World’s Fair is about to begin in their hometown. In the process, the sisters learn about life and love, thanks to the boy next door. In the end, after some romantic misunderstandings and crazy antics, love conquers all.
Source: Wood High actors to stage ‘Meet Me in St. Louis’
By Susan Hiland
Students clapped their hands Friday night and sang along to “A Dios le Pido,” a Spanish song that many of them knew word for word.
The “duck” feathers flew in the air as “Mon Merle” lost his feathers. And the chicken dance was sung and danced in French and it was called “La Danse des Canards.”
The music and dances were all for the 8th Annual Foreign Language Night at Solano Community College. The event presented in several languages including Spanish, French and German had the crowd of about 150 students and teachers eagerly waiting for the next group to come on the small stage.
Source: Solano College students showcase mastery of foreign languages
By Irma Serna
The Cat in the Hat tell the story of Horton, a gamer-boy elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing the tiny world of Whoogle, including the beta-tester Jojo, a Who child who simply wants to invent a new phone app but is punished for thinking too many “thinks.” Horton faces a double challenge–not only must he protect the Whos from a concrete jungle of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left to his care by the irresponsible reality TV Star, Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping, and a trial, his adoring neighbor the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him.
Source: Benicia High School Performing Arts Presents: Seussical, The Musical
By Barbara Wright
The Fairfield-Suisun School District sent homeowners within the district a community facility survey in January requesting a ranking in importance of conducting routine building maintenance, providing job training for students, providing libraries with space for music and arts, and upgrading classrooms to meet 21st-century learning standards.
This propaganda piece displayed photos of under-sink plumbing, a dirty radiator and a nondescript area of maybe a roof.
The piece touched briefly on the Facilities Master Plan, which addresses school modernization projects. Also mentioned is the need to upgrade the technology aspects of the curriculum.
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