On Thursday April 26th, the music departments from all around the district will be performing at Franklin Middle School at our second annual all bands concert.

The event will start at 7pm in the Franklin Middle School Auditorium and entrance will be a $2 dollar donation for ages 4 and up (all donations will be distributed to each of the music programs).

According to Jorge Ruvalcaba, Franklin Middle School, the music programs in the VCUSD work hard throughout the year to both advance the musical skills and abilities of our students and to expand their performance horizons.

“Every concert and performance is a preparation for the next engagement,” says Ruvalcaba. “Our district’s bands have performed this year in Santa Cruz, Fairfield, Livermore, San Jose, Sacramento, Pleasanton, Stockton, San Bernandino, Sonoma, and here in Vallejo at around 100 performances collectively. Hundreds of hours both during school and after school are invested to prepare these concerts, and this Thursday’s performance is no different. This concert serves a dual purpose as a preparation for our own Vallejo Band Review happening on the 12th of May from 9am until 4pm. at Vallejo High School, and as a night for all of our schools to play under one roof.”

Ruvalcaba says each school will be performing a 2-to-3 piece set in the concert setting.

The music performed ranges from the classical repertoire to popular music to soundtrack arrangements of the latest blockbuster movies.

  • Start of event: 7pm Thursday the 26th
  • Location: Franklin Middle School Auditorium (501 Starr Ave. Vallejo, CA)
  • Parking in the school grounds, enter through the front gate
  • Donations will be collected upon entry, 2$ suggestion.
  • Kids 3 and below enter free.
  • Seating is first come first serve.

The following is a list of schools and their directors. In program order…

  • VHS Concert Choir – Denise Hunter
  • Jesse Bethel Wind Ensemble – David Peterson
  • FMS Concert Band – Jorge E. Ruvalcaba
  • Hogan Performance Ensemble – James Walker
  • SMS Concert Band – Merlin Chestnut
  • VHS Concert Band – Carmel Pajita

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