CSULB’s Trumpet Ensemble Gains National Attention with Third Place Win

Everything Long Beach ran a terrific article about the BCCM Trumpet Ensemble’s Third Place showing in the National Trumpet Competition. Pictured to the left are Kurt Peregrine, Esther Hood, and Tony Belletti. They were joined by Devin Henderson, Jackson Niebrugge, Drew Ninmer, and soloist Casey Martin

“This weekend we showed the country what Long Beach music is all about. Nobody saw us coming, but we came and we conquered…It was so amazing to hear how much everyone enjoyed the music we played and how well they thought we did. Never have I been so proud to call myself a Long Beach trumpet player,” said Casey Martin in the article.

We have a lot to be proud of, and as Rob Frear stated, “Their training and professionalism was apparent throughout the weekend both in their level of performance and their wonderful demeanor. The piece they played, the Moffett-Klein Phenomenon, is a tour-de-force among trumpet ensemble compositions, and was by far the hardest piece presented this year, in my opinion. Casey Martin played the treacherous solo part with apparent ease.”

Carnell Harrell Performs with JLo at Muhammad Ali Fundraiser

Alumnus Carnell Harrell performed with Jennifer Lopez at the fundraiser for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center’s Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix. The event raised more than $9.1 million.

Jennifer Lopez received the Muhammad Ali Celebrity Fight Night Awards honoring her humanitarian efforts. Lopez’s charity, the Lopez Family Foundation, works to improve the health and well-being of children and women around the world. Carnell is JLo’s keyboard player.

Michael Malinowski Studies in Brazil

Alumnus Michael Malinowski (percussion) spent the past month in Brazil for Carnaval and studying/playing music. Studying a wide array of genres, he began in Rio de Janeiro and traveled along the coast to Recife, in the northeast.

While in Rio de Janeiro, Michael attended Sambôdromo. As he explains, “It’s a huge strip where the Rio Carnaval Parade happens where a bunch of groups have massive parades for a contest. Each of these top groups have about 4,000 people in them, fully decked out with costumes and floats. Each group has about 200 drummers too, and then a few singers with microphones and they sing ONE song over and over and the groups get judged… At the end of the last group people will rush to the floor, so that’s what I did.”

If you are interested in Brazilian music or culture you can reach him at: michaelfmalinowski@gmail.com

Steve Trapani and Rena Urso-Trapani at World Baseball Classic

Adjunct faculty members Steve Trapani and Rena Urso-Trapani performed at the World Baseball Classic Championship Finals at AT&T Park in San Francisco on March 19th. Oakland East Bay Symphony was hired to record and side line (“air bow”), playing each country’s national anthem as well as the “Parade of Flags” on the field.

The game was televised on ESPN and the MLB network.

Perry LaMarca and Stavros Choplaros in Book on Animation

School of Art faculty member Aubry Mintz co-edited “Ideas for the Animated Short” which will be published shortly by Focal Press. In his chapter, “Developing a Short Animated Film,” he followed a student team which included BCCM alumnus Stavros Choplaros through the process of making an animated short. BCCM film music composition instructor Perry LaMarca is also featured in a chapter entitled “Creating Music to Support Narrative: An Interview With Perry LaMarca”

Alex Berru Travels the World

Alumnus Alex Berru just completed three contracts with Holland America Line aboard the Statendam, Maasdam, and Noordam.  His travels as a cruise ship musician took him to Canada, New England, Alaska, Pacific Northwest, Mexico, Caribbean, Central America, and Panama Canal. He is currently performing with the Esquires Swing Band for another season with a concert at Edwards Air Force Base and at Westchester Elks Lodge

CJO On Tour

The BCCM Concert Jazz Orchestra, CJO, returns from tour today. They were in the Seattle (WA) area to perform several joint concerts with jazz bands from International School the Bellevue HS (Bellevue WA), Glacier Peak HS and Snohomish HS (Snohomish WA). Jarvis and members of the CJO will provide several clinics for students from the various schools. The tour will culminate with an invitation to perform at the Frontier Jazz Festival in Graham WA. The second half of the CJO’s festival program will feature trumpet sensation Byron Stripling (former lead trumpeter for Count Basie, and artistic director of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra).

Faculty Adjudicate National Competition

Rob Frear and James Barrera were selected to adjudicate the National Finals of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Solo and Ensemble Competitions last weekend at the Disneyland Resort. The BCCM Sax Quartet performed at the finals for the collegiate woodwind chamber competition. Though they did not place, the all-undergraduate quartet played well and were bested only by groups with doctoral and master’s students.

Nathan Stark to Sing Holiday Concert in Madison

Nathan Stark will be performing with Maestro John DeMain & The Madison Symphony Orchestra, The Madison Youth Choir, and The Mount Zion Gospel Choir as one of two featured soloists this coming December (6th, 7th & 8th) for their annual holiday concert, A Madison Symphony Christmas

Mike Miley reviewed in Modern Drummer

Alumnus Mike Miley, drummer with Rival Sons got a terrific review on Modern Drummer. “Miley’s hyperactive yet in-the-pocket kit work is a perfect encapsulation of the band’s overall approach. Clearly he’s a student of the instrument as it was approached before new wave and disco, when a drummer was allowed to play, dammit, and a pleasing sense of off-the-cuff looseness pervades nearly every track here. Fortunately, Miley has a nose for detail and exactitude as well, so he’s not just offering period sounds and licks—he’s doing it with confidence, taste, and great accuracy, and after repeated listens you might just begin appreciating his playing for what it is, not what it reminds you of.”

TED2013 Behind-The-Scenes Video

Skype, who worked with TED2013 to ensure that Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir had “invisible technology,” posted their behind-the-scenes video. In addition to clips from performers across the globe, it gives us a glimpse into a rehearsal in DRH and the auditions for the soprano solo, ultimately sung by BCCM’s own Beth Wightwick.



TED2013 Performance Video

The BCCM Chamber Choir sang for Grammy-winning composer Eric Whitacre’s final speech of TED2013, performing Cloudburst. The video is here.

Audience members included such luminaries as former Vice-President Al Gore, Actresses Goldie Hawn and Cameron Diaz, and entrepreneur Elon Musk.  This first-of-its-kind collaboration between live choir and satellite (Skype) choir follows Whitacre’s ‘virtual choir’ videos—seen by more than 4 million people around the world.

BCCM undergraduates Beth Wightwick and Jake Tickner were selected by the composer to perform the solos. Stephen Salts, graduate choral assistant, prepared the ensemble for this performance of Cloudburst.