Pulse Percussion Wins WGI World Championship

Pulse Percussion Ensemble with Freshmen Trent Gronewold and Emmanuel Mora, and Junior Connie Truong won the WGI Percussion World Championship. Danielle Collins (MM Music Education) is co-founder and President of the Board of Directors of Pulse, alumnus Darren Loney is also on the Board, and alumnus Ian Grom is Percussion Front Ensemble Coordinator/Arranger.

POW, a new Pulse team, earned a spot in finals and finished 13th. The three-day World Championship event, held in Dayton Ohio this year, evaluated more than 200 percussion ensembles from over 40 states and 4 countries.

LeatherTramp at SXSW

LeatherTramp with students Jake Abernathie, Gracie Gray, and Elizabeth Chavez, and alumni Lawrence Pi, Miko Shudo, Cole Syverson, Chandler Riley, Marc Encabo, John-Michael O’Brien, and Gary Soland performed at SXSW in Austin.

They had three shows in at SXSW as well as stops in Amarillo, San Diego, and Los Angeles.

Faculty, Students, and Alumni at the Broad

Adjunct flute faculty Rena Urso-Trapani performed on the Broad’s “Beethoven, Bagels and Banter” series at The Edye, with flutist Carol Wincenc, harpist Katerina Englichova, and violinist Robert Davidovici. Also performing in the chamber ensemble were current and former students Catherine Hirabayashi (flute), Tim Jensen (bass), Christian Siqueiros (horn), and Adam Wolf (horn).

Bob Cole Students and Alumni at National Trumpet Competition

BCCM and CSULB at the National Trumpet Competition: 2013 BM graduate (trumpet and composition) Casey Martin (far left) and the UT Austin Trumpet Ensemble placed 2nd in the finals performing Casey’s own composition The Autonomy of Machines.

Current grad students Dillon Parker and Nick Wees and 2014 MM graduate (trumpet) Michael Sullivan (DMA student at James Madison University) played beautifully in the graduate solo division; 2008 graduate Joe Gray also performed in the opening concert.

Alexis Luther on Winning Team for Caltech’s Hacktech

Junior Alexis Luther (bass) wrote the sheet music for a live DJ music software application during “Hackteck.” Hacktech is Caltech’s premier interdisciplinary hackathon: for 36 hours, 500 awesome student hackers will combine computer science with engineering and science [and music!]  to build the most innovative and interdisciplinary creations of the future. Her team won Best Developer App.

Joe Sanders contracts for Sandra Schnieders

Alumnus Joe Sanders contracted and sang with may Bob Cole students and alumni for a session with composer and sound designer Sandra Schnieders at Sonic Fuel Studios.

Among those singing were Whittney Mikkél, Stacy Oh, Michaela Blanchard, Rebecca Bishop, Angel Yu McKay, Jasmine Khorsandi, Molly Burnside, Emilio Sandoval, Juan Castaneda, Emilio Pena, Morgan Davi, Jake Asaro, Mason Allred, Marcus Carline, and Jae Park at Sonic Fuel Studios.

Bob Cole at CASMEC

The Bob Cole Conservatory had huge presence at the California All State Music Educator’s Conference (CASMEC) in San Jose. In addition to exhibiting in the hall, led by Rob Frear and Jeff Jarvis, Dr. Zanutto, Dr. Rundus and Professor Jarvis presented sessions on Music Technology, Vocal Pedagogy in the Choral Classroom and the future of Jazz Education, respectively. Alumna Sarah Owen presented a session on SmartMusic Research.

Jeffrey DeSeriere (BM Music Ed/MM Instrumental Conducting) led the True Brass Choir with many current students and alumni among the musicians. Honey Whiskey Trio with alumni Courtney Gasque, Ann Louise Thaiss, and Christina Wilson presented a session.

Justin Padilla (BM Saxophone Performance and Music Education) led the All-State Jr. High Jazz Ensemble. Joshua Chai, (MM Choral Conducting) accompanied the All-State Women’s Choir.

Steve Blum (BM Jazz Studies) accompanied the All-State Jazz Choir. John Tebay (MM, Choral Conducting) led the Fullerton College Concert Choir and John Byun (MM, Choral Conducting) led the Riverside City College Chamber Singers in invited performances.

Tom Kendall Hughes Wins Remix Contest

Tom Kendall Hughes won the Indaba Music “Do It” Remix Contest. He won $1,000 and an Official Spotify Release. Tom describes himself as a “Multi-instrumentalist/Beatsmith.”

Tom has been signed by Modstandard, a label dedicated to the blending of the hip hop and jazz culture, tying in elements of live and improvisational performance with the production and exploration of new technology. His music has been featured on the Long Beach Airport’s playlist, welcoming visitors to our city.