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Saugus musicians play at LAPD Academy

Efforts earn donation for school’s band program

Posted: December 29, 2009 9:43 p.m.
Updated: December 30, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Saugus High School students performed holiday music at a holiday luncheon held at the Los Angeles Police Department's Academy.

Thirteen Saugus High School students were invited to perform at a holiday luncheon held at the Los Angeles Police Department's Academy, courtesy of the California Public Safety Radio Association (CPSRA).

The CPSRA is an affiliation of communications professionals from various Southern California emergency services (police and fire) who meet regularly to discuss issues related to emergency communications.

This year, the CPSRA president, Mr. Ken Mann, contacted the Saugus Band Director, Robert Gibson, and asked him if he could supply musicians to entertain the organization during the lunch break of the December meeting.

When Gibson asked the band, two groups formed and volunteered to play the event: a quintet of brass instruments (Thomas Callier, Alex Jacobson, Aaron Huffman, Steve Steinhoff, Craig Vogeley) and an octet of woodwinds (Savannah Bernardi, Becky Gaver, Amy Grandilli, Julia Grothe, Amanda Hildebrand, Angelica Medaglia-Herrera, Rachel Nelson, Kyle Smith).

The two ensembles were supplied with a selection of holiday music several weeks in advance and advised that they would have to practice on their own time.

So, on Dec. 10, a school bus loaded up Drum Major Kyle Smith, seven young ladies wearing holiday dresses and five young men in the formal white shirt/black tie look of the Saugus Jazz Band; the boys also sported bright red Santa Claus hats.

For 45 minutes the two ensembles traded their festive tunes back and forth, each receiving a heartfelt round of applause from the communications professionals. At the end of the set, the CPSRA presented Gibson with a donation for the Band Program.


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