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Riverfront concert: ‘a hit’, say sponsors

NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 8, 2014 —

A music festival’s first time on the West Sacramento riverfront appeared to be a success.

Organizers say “TBD Fest” from Friday to Sunday in West Sacramento’s Bridge District drew about 21,000 people.  The event was formerly known as “Launch” and held annually in Sacramento.

Dozens of musical acts included headliners Moby, Empire of the Sun, and Justice. There was also food and art.

West Sacramento is trying to redevelop and show off its riverfront as a gathering place.

The event did draw noise complaints from people living nearby on both sides of the river.

Lieutenant Tod Sockman of the West Sacramento Police Department told the News-Ledger that his department received 16 noise complaints on Friday night and seven more on Saturday, with no figures available for Sunday.

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RCHS music director tries to pick up tempo; believes music has value to education, development

ANTHONY MARVELLI on stage. He’s chairman of the arts program at River City High School, and plays trumpet with a band in his spare time. Click to enlarge. (Courtesy photo)

ANTHONY MARVELLI on stage. He’s chairman of the arts program at River City High School, and plays trumpet with a band in his spare time. Click to enlarge.
(Courtesy photo)

NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 3, 2014 —

From Heather Wright
News-Ledger Correspondent

Anthony Marvelli is chair of the Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Department at River City High School, a professional brass player with area band “Joy and Madness,” and a mentor.
As a performer, he and his band combine sounds of soul, funk, and salsa to get people out of their seats to dance. As an instructor, he teaches a much wider variety of music. According to Marvelli, “Music has taken over my life and I love it!”  He believes music education, leadership skills, and community involvement are interconnected and is committed to expanding VAPA opportunities for West Sacramento’s youth.

It started when he was a kid attending the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee in the 1980s.

“I used to attend these festivals every Memorial Day weekend with my parents, and fell in love with Dixieland Jazz. It was animated and fun, especially the trombone player.”

Even at Disneyland, he gravitated toward the French Quarter for the music and atmosphere. In fourth grade, he took classical trumpet lessons.

“In fifth grade, we got to choose our instruments. I had hoped to play the trombone like Dixieland jazz musicians, but it wasn’t an option.” So, he stuck with the trumpet, like many of his favorite musicians – Miles Davis, Chet Baker, and Clifford Brown – and continued playing at school.

What started Marvelli on a leadership path?

“In seventh grade, my band teacher commented that the lead trumpet is the band leader,” he explained. “I also got encouragement from my mother. I began putting together ensembles for the talent show and then in high school I took over the leadership position of the pep band.”

By this time, Marvelli knew he wanted to play music for the rest of his life. He majored in Jazz Studies Performance Music at the University of North Texas to parlay his love of music into a teaching career. “Then, to my surprise, my performance career took off.” He got gigs on Carnival cruise ships during school breaks, in cover bands, and for stars such as Engelbert Humperdinck, the Guy Lombardo Orchestra, and Paul Anka.

As a performer Marvelli plays the trumpet, but as a teacher he provides instruction on wind ensemble instruments, including woodwinds, brass and percussion, as well as digital music production.

“This is my fifth year teaching at River City and directing the marching band,” he said. “Last year, our band outgrew the decades’ old uniforms and the school board approved funds to buy new uniforms. The kids looked so sharp last year in the MLK and Veteran’s Day Parades in Sacramento. Our wind ensemble continues to rank at the top of area competitions.”

Last year, Marvelli created a Big Band Ensemble, and it was so popular that the students voluntarily came to daily practice before school even started. All the bands perform at school and community functions including athletic events, rallies, holiday benefits, restaurant patios, and parades. RCHS also has a talented student jazz band – the Syncopating Sea Monkeys, directed by Felicia Weatherly. Coincidentally, the Sea Monkeys perform every year at the Sacramento Music Festival, previously known as the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee – Marvelli’s childhood inspiration.

Marvelli says that playing music is a journey where one learns to embrace creativity, to problem-solve in diverse situations, technical skills, how to collaborate with diverse groups and to navigate political situations. The goal is to be better than yesterday. It’s such a simple goal, yet one that drives perpetual personal and group growth. “As a teacher, I hope my students take it very seriously and that it permeates all aspects of their lives.”

Why teach music?

“Where do I start?,” Marvelli responded. “It begins with the individual. Musical training has vast positive effects on the developing brain which leads to improved school behavior and study habits, even staving off symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, being a part of a school band teaches kids practical skills such as punctuality, appropriate attire and behavior. A band also serves as a microcosm of society – with democratic rule-making, establishment of leaders and followers, teamwork for improvement, and emphasizes the value of each role in the successful and smooth operation of the whole group.”

In the short four years that Marvelli has been at River City, the music-culture of the school has grown and he plans on supporting that growth throughout the school, district, and community.

Many of West Sacramento’s leaders have the common thread of a musical background. Perhaps coincidence, but more likely an indicator of the connection between music and leadership. Kids that played in their school bands are now mayors, supervisors, council members, and school board members. Those creative and collaborative kids grew into adults that use those skills to work with diverse groups of people to better their community. Marvelli hopes to foster this civic engagement and leadership in his students. In addition to the beautiful music created by teamwork, “the overwhelming sense of community that is felt creates this sense of being a part of the same organism. It’s really extraordinary to get that feeling,” he says in a passionate and persuasive tone.

Together with local leaders, Marvelli worked create the new K-8 Visual and Performing Arts Program being implemented this fall. “This program will get our kids into music and the arts earlier than ever and serve as a successful feeder program for the high school.”

He hopes to work with West Sacramento’s leaders to create a local musical festival which would include the school bands, other local bands, as well as the myriad cultural and religious bands from the area – Russian, Mexican, Muslim, and Sikh.

“This would showcase our local talent and cultivate an understanding and appreciation of many cultures and demonstrate the overlap in music styles, texture, and instrumentation there is among our diverse community groups,” he said.

For more information on events and performances or to make a contribution, visit the website at www.rivercityregiment.com and for regular updates, “like” them on Facebook.

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Moby, Blondie to perform in West Sac

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER —

Booked at the “TBD Fest’ scheduled for October 3-5 on the West Sacramento riverfront are Moby, Blondie, Empire of the Sun and dozens of other artists.

The music, arts and culture festival (formerly held in Sacramento and known as “Launch”) will come to a site on the River Walk near the Tower Bridge, where a public-private partnership is constructing an outdoor venue called The Barn.  For more information or tickets, visit www.tbdfest.com.

For info on West Sacramento’s planned “The Barn” venue, visit this earlier News-Ledger article here.

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Eat well, for YoloArts

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER — MAY 1, 2013 —

Submitted by YoloArts

The 9th annual  “Artistic Sensations” will be held at the T.S. Glide Ranch in Davis on Friday, May 10 from  6 pm – 8:30 pm.  Event proceeds will be used to support YoloArts’ art education programs, including Artists in Schools, throughout Yolo County.

The evening’s featured artist will be Alejandro Rubio, a native of Uruguay and resident of Northern California, where he is gaining recognition for his oil paintings.

Dinner at Artistic Sensations will be catered by Dos Coyotes, accompanied by wines from Yolo County,  entertainment by trick roper James Barrera and music by the trio El Rado Scufflers.  Special performing guests will be the junior high student musical group from Davis known as Mariachi Puente, under the direction of Hiram Jackson.  The fundraising silent auction will feature paintings by Rubio, a week in Puerto Vallarta, student art work from schools around the county, and original artwork from county artists.

“We are so grateful to our sponsors and supporters for keeping arts education going in our partner schools around the county,” said Elysa Hillis,  co-chairperson of this year’s event, and a member of the YoloArts board of directors.

Last year, YoloArts art education programs offered ceramics, dance, drawing and painting, and the Blues in the Schools program to 2,304 students around the county. Art programs at Einstein Education Center, Dan Jacobs School (at the county’s juvenile hall, Midtown and Greengate; Gibson, Beamer and Whitehead Elementary Schools in Woodland; Marguerite Montgomery Elementary School in Davis; Clarksburg Middle and Delta High Schools in Clarksburg and Esparto K-8 and High Schools all receive support from this fundraiser.

Tickets for Artistic Sensations are $50 and can be purchased online at yoloarts.org/box-office, or by calling YoloArts at 530-406-4844. YoloArts supports the arts by working with artists, education, business and government.

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