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Davis High Hosts Concert To Help Paradise Schools Replace Music Gear Lost In Camp Fire

John Locher / AP Photo

A sign hangs on a wall at the Paradise Elementary School destroyed by the Camp Fire, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, in Paradise, Calif.

John Locher / AP Photo

The smoke and heat from the massive Camp Fire ruined dozens of musical instruments used by students at Paradise schools, and also incinerated much of the printed sheet music that band director Bob Schofield had been collecting for 26 years.

Saturday’s Save the Music in Paradise concert at Davis Senior High School is a fundraiser designed to help replace what was lost.

Several dozen band students from Paradise — many of whom lost their homes in the fire and are now living in provisional housing in nearby Chico — will be performing in Davis, along with a dozen Yolo County ensembles, playing everything from mariachi tunes to ragtime to classical.

The concert is Saturday, March 16, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Richard Brunelle Performance Hall on the Davis Senior High School campus. Admission is free, donations accepted, with all proceeds going to the public school music program in Paradise.

Schedule of performances:

9 a.m. Emerson/Da Vinci/Harper
Advanced Orchestra, Greg Brucker - Director
Repertoire: Concerto in G Antonio Vivaldi - Arr. By Thomas LaJoie, Adagio from Symphony No. 2, Op. 27 Sergei Rachmaninoff - Arr. By Robert Longfield, Themes From The Moldau Bedrich Smetana - Arr. By Robert S.Frost, March Slav Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Arr. By Carrie Lane Gruselle, Kashmir Jimmy Page, Robert Plant & John Bonham Arr. By Tim McCarrick

9:40 a.m. Mariachi Del Valle, Da Vinci Charter
Academy, Thomas Slabaugh II - Director
Repertoire: La Goyita, For Un Amor, El Gavilan, Terco Corazon, El Nino Perdido, Flor Silvestre, Se Me Hizo Facil, Cerca del Mar, El Caballito

10:20 a.m. Emerson/Da Vinci High 7th grade Band, Veronica Tonus - Director
Repertoire: Genesis - Anne McGinty, Two Sketches for Band - John Edmondson, The Invincible Warrior - David Shaffer

11 a.m. Harper Junior High 7th grade Band, Nancy Sanchez - Director
Repertoire: Blue Ridge Reel - Brian Balmages, A String of Pearls - Jerry Gray (Arr. by J. Wasson), Gershwin Classics - Arr. by Michael Sweeney

11:20 a.m. Holmes Junior High 7th grade Band, Clyde Quick - Director
Repertoire: Onward - Gary P. Gilroy, An Australian Sea Ballad - Robert  Sheldon, Corninthium - Michael Sweeney

12 p.m. River City High School Big Band, Rudy Cisneros - Director
Repertoire: Stairway to Heaven-Page & Plant arr. Burke, Ran Kan Kan-Tito  Puente arr. Mossman, Stormy Weather- Koehler & Arlen arr. Taylor, Moanin- Mingus arr. Johnson

12:40 p.m. Emerson/Da Vinci High 8/9th grade Band, Veronica Tonus - Director
Repertoire: Celtic Ritual - John Higgins, Heaven's Light - Steven Reineke, The Last to Defend - David Shaffer

1:20 p.m. Harper Junior High 8/9th grade Band, Nancy Sanchez - Director
Repertoire: Joplin! - Arr. by L.C. Harnsberger, Hoe Down - Aaron Copland (Arr. by J. Moss), Jump, Jive An' Wail - Louis Prima (arr. by J. Vinson)

2 p.m. Holmes Junior High 8/9th grade Band, Clyde Quick - Director
Repertoire: America Versus - Frank Ticheli, Along the Caney Fork - John Hosay, When Honor Prevails - James Swearingen

2:40 p.m. Davis High School Chamber Orchestra, Angelo Moreno - Director
Repertoire: Themes from Carmen by Georges Bizet/arr. Carrie Lane Gruselle, Overture from the Thieving Magpie, by Gioachino Rossini/arr. Carrie Lane Gruselle

3:40 p.m. Davis High School Baroque Orchestra, Angelo Moreno - Director
Repertoire: "Concerto Grosso No. 5 in D Minor by Charles Avison (Largo , Allegro, Andante moderato, Allegro) Soloist: Sue Bin Park, Grover Locke, Mr. Moreno, "Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Minor, Op. 7, by Jean-Marie Leclair ( Vivace, Largo-adagio, Allegro) Soloist: Sue Bin Park

4:20 p.m. Davis High School Symphonic Band, Thomas Slabaugh II - Director
Repertoire: Mother Earth - David Maslanka, Radiant Shadows 

5 p.m. Guest Speaker: Joe Craven
Mr. Joe Craven is local community member as well as an award-winning creativity educator, former museum curator actor, musical festival emcee, Director of River Tunes Music Camp and Co-Director of Wintergrass Youth Academy. His love of performing music has put him in many musical genres and alongside many musicians, from Jerry Garcia, Yo-Yo Ma, Stephan Grappelli, David Lindley, Howard Levy and Jason Marsalis, to fusion banjoist Alison Brown and groups such as Psychograss and The Horseflies. His unique education programs have inspired thousands of students across the globe.

5 p.m. Festival Ensemble*, Robert Schofield - Director
Repertoire: Tamarac Overture – John Edmondson, Three Chinese Miniatures  ("The Wind," "Send Jin De Ma" ("A Maiden"), and "A Love Song of Kang Ting  City") – Robert Jager, Overture on a Shaker Tune – John Higgins, Paradise High School Fight Song - Bob Schofield

*The Festival Ensemble is comprised of students from Paradise Junior and Senior High School Band programs, Davis Senior High School Concert and Symphonic Bands, Emerson/Da Vinci Junior High Bands, Harper Junior High Bands, and Holmes Junior High Bands.

 Camp Fire

Jeff Hudson

Contributing Arts Reporter and Theatre Critic

Jeff Hudson has been contributing arts-related stories to Capital Public Radio since 1995, with an emphasis on theater and classical music. He attends over 100 performances annually, ranging from modern musicals to medieval masses.   Read Full Bio 

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