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Photos: Riviera Village Holiday Stroll (2017)

December 4, 2017
The Beach Reporter

More than 1,000 people filled Catalina Avenue in Redondo Beach on Thursday Nov. 30 for the annual Riviera Village Holiday Stroll. With the street closed to traffic, visitors took advantage of the scene pushing strollers and enjoying hot cider from shop to shop. A parade later in the evening featured marching bands from local schools and a jolly Santa Claus, leaving no doubt the holidays have arrived.

[Photos courtesy of Jaquelyne May ]

The RUHS Marching Band and Dance Guard banner heralding the arrival of our band at the Holiday Stroll 2017.

 

Suzanne Haring, of The Soozi Show, and an RUHS Alumnus Parent, works her tree magic for the crowd, especially the kids, at the Riviera Village Holiday Stroll 2017.

Find the complete photo slideshow of the Riviera Village Holiday Stroll on The Beach Reporter 


Menorah lighting highlights annual Hermosa Beach Chanukah celebration

December 18, 2016
Easy Reader News

The Jewish Community Center hosted its Third Annual Chanukah Celebration on the Hermosa Beach Pier Plaza Sunday afternoon. The children’s choir sang traditional Chanukah songs, backed by the internationally acclaimed Alter Jazz Ensemble from Australia. The band, featuring Noam Sendor on vocals and Adam Starr on guitar, blends jazz with traditional Jewish melodies. The Redondo Union and Mira Costa high school bands also performed. The afternoon culiminated with the lighting of the Menorah. The community will celebrate another Menorah lighting on Tuesday, December 27 at 5 p.m. at the El Segundo City Hall and again on Wednesday, December 28 at 4 p.m. at the Manhattan Village Mall. The annual Chanukah on Ice will be held Saturday, December 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Toyota Ice Rink in El Segundo. For more information visit JCCMB.com.

Menorah lighting highlights annual Hermosa Beach Chanukah celebration


Redondo Union band takes home bronze medal at states

Published in The Beach Reporter
Staff reports Updated

The Redondo Union marching band performs ‘Alice,’ at the California State Band Championship Open Class Finals in Huntington Beach Nov. 19.

The Redondo Union marching band and dance guard brought home a bronze medal for the California State Band Championship’s Open Class Finals in Huntington Beach on Nov. 19.

The group performed a homage to Alice in Wonderland.

Original blurb on The Beach Reporter – Nov. 29, 2016



Here’s how Redondo Beach honored military heroes on Veteran’s Day

Staff Reports
Daily Breeze, November 11, 2016

The Redondo Beach Veterans Day observance Friday at Veterans Park featured keynote speaker Brig. Gen. John W. Lathrop, commander of the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos, and assistant division commander of the 40th Infantry Division. South Bay Rep. Ted Lieu and Assemblyman David Hadley also spoke at the ceremony, where music was provided by the Redondo Union High School Wind Ensemble and the Los Angeles Police Emerald Society Pipes and Drums. The Redondo Union High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC, the Naval Sea Cadets and the Boy Scouts also participated.

http://www.dailybreeze.com/veterans/20161111/heres-how-redondo-beach-honored-military-heroes-on-veterans-day


Redondo Union High School marching band takes state crown

Dec 4, 2015
Published in the Daily Breeze
by Kelcie Pegher

The Redondo Union High School Band and Guard has another tune to add to its arsenal: a celebration song for being named California State Band Champions in Division 4A.

Their show, “Above and Beyond,” paid tribute to veterans and concluded with trumpets playing “Taps,” followed by the ensemble saluting fallen heroes. This is the first 4A state championship for the band. The 2010 marching band won the 3A division.

Band director Raymundo Vizcarra, drum majors Brandon Chun and Jade Saffery, band captain Ryan Bender, drumline captain Kyle Ealy, guard captains Mocha Ito and Emily Coan, percussion lead by Ben Contreras and Ariel Campos, brass from Wendy Sauceda and Pedro Rodriguez, woodwinds from Nicolas Sobka and guard from Erik Estrada helped to lead them to a victory.

View original article on the Daily Breeze website


Redondo Union High School marching band brings home state championship

Dec 4, 2015
Published in the Beach Reporter
by Kelcie Pegher

The Redondo Union High School Band and Guard has another tune to add to its arsenal: a celebration song for being named California State Band Champions in Division 4A.

Their show “Above and Beyond” paid tribute to veterans and concluded with trumpets playing taps in a round, followed by the ensemble saluting fallen heroes. This is the first 4A state championship for the band. The 2010 marching band won the 3A division.

Band Director Raymundo Vizcarra, drum majors Brandon Chun and Jade Saffery, band captain Ryan Bender, drumline captain Kyle Ealy, guard captains Mocha Ito and Emily Coan, percussion lead by Ben Contreras and Ariel Campos, brass from Wendy Sauceda and Pedro Rodriguez, woodwinds from Nicolas Sobka and guard from Erik Estrada helped to lead them to a victory.

View original article on the Beach Reporter website


Redondo Union Sea Hawk Band marches to victory

November 24, 2015
published in the Easy Reader
by David Mendez

The Redondo Union High School Sea Hawk Marching Band and Dance Guard was named among California’s top high school marching band on Saturday in the Southern California Judging Association State Championship at Huntington Beach High School.

Their victory draws one to wonder: Who leads the victory parade for a championship-winning marching band?

Two days after his band won the 4A Division State Championship, RUHS Director of Bands Ray Vizcarra said that it’s finally begun to sink in after a day of waking up and wondering if what happened on Saturday was something that he dreamed.

It’s his first state championship as the band director for a school, though he’s come close previously.

This year, however, Redondo Union had “the complete package.”

“Sometimes, shows will have the music, but the visual design isn’t there; sometimes you’ll have great visuals, but the musical performance isn’t up to par. We were pretty well-rounded in all of our efforts though,” he said.

Redondo’s show, “Above and Beyond,” was dedicated to members of the United States Air Force. It was, as Redondo Superintendent Steven Keller called it, “theater” on a football field, telling the story of the loss of an airman who died in battle.

The show’s final movement leaves the audience without resolution, literally. “We deal with the last song, playing Taps along with a four-note theme that we’ve played throughout the show. But we portray a soldier not coming home, so when we play the final theme, we play only four of the five notes — musically speaking, we’re ending on a chord that doesn’t resolve,” Vizcarra said.

The goal now is for the band to become even more competitive, performing against other top bands from Arizona, Nevada, Washington and Oregon in the Western Band Association. “Those groups are very well established and have lots of staff,” Vizcarra said. “We have four people, one of which is a volunteer, whereas some of those schools have 20 to 30 staff techs at minimum.”

To perform at that level requires an even greater amount of funding. Joint efforts of the school and the parent-led band boosters help, but given the amount of funding that goes into a show (professionally designed marching band drill can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $10,000), more cash is always better.

But for now, it’s all about the band being given the opportunity to toot its own horn.

“Hopefully we will get some sort of parade, like they did for the [state champion] volleyball team last year,” Vizcarra said.

View original article on the Easy Reader website


Sea Hawk band, dance guard win state band championship

December 8, 2010
The Easy Reader
by Lynne Attig

The Redondo Union High School (RUHS) Band and Dance Guard won the Division 4 California State Band Championship two Saturdays ago during a competition at Huntington Beach High School. Redondo also won the High Visual and General Effect awards.

The 90-member team performed “Music’s Simple Gifts” by Key Poulan, in three movements. The victory was Redondo’s first in four appearances at the South California Judges Association competition.

“This victory is a major accomplishment for our program. The staff and I are all very proud of the growth that the students have shown and are excited to see where this takes us in the future,” said RUHS band director Mark Aguero.

The victory qualified Redondo for the Southern California Schools Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA) Championships, held last Saturday at Bellflower High School. Redondo finished 10 out of 12-band field.

The RUHS Dance Guard is directed by Sarah Slemmons. The band and dance guard are headed by drum major Tyler Salerno, assistant drum major Clay Attig, dance Guard co-captains Savannah Irving and Gianna Esposito guard assistant captain Erin Hardy and percussion captain Zac Commins. ER