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Two Grossmont freshmen strum and drum in heavy metal group Killing the Messenger

Kris Armbruster

Story and photo by Dylan Burke

GROSSMONT COLLEGE – Two freshmen are members of the heavy metal band Killing the Messenger and will be performing at the Epicentre in the Mira Mesa area at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 23.

Kris Armbruster is the lead guitarist, while Willie Malpica is the drummer. Others in the group are Ahren Leepier-Gray and Paul Barkley.

Armbruster studies Audio Engineering and says he is “pumped up” by his favorite rock band, Avenged Sevenfold. Members of that band helped Armbruster learn how to play the guitar.

Malpica says he wants to study Computer Technology. He credits his parents for his inspiration to do well in life; he further explained people who are negative or who doubt him motivate him to do the unexpected.

Malpica was the member in the group who came up with the name Killing the Messenger. One day while he was watching the movie “300” he got the idea from the scene of when the messenger was kicked into the hole.

There is an opening available in the band for another guitarist to replace Brad Cotton, who is leaving for personal reasons, Armbruster said.

People can buy tickets from Armbruster via for $8 or at the door for $10.

Burke is a student in Media Comm 132; he may be reached at

Lil’ Wayne appearance inspires GC student

By Vince Ruffino

CHULA VISA — Rap superstar Lil’ Wayne commanded the attention of all, at his ‘I’m Still Music’ tour held at Cricket Amphitheater Thursday, August 25. Among the fans in attendance was Media Communications (MCOM) student Andrew Jones from Mission Valley, who is currently enrolled in the Multi-Audio Production class (MCOM 216).

Like the thousands of other Lil’ Wayne fans, Jones was excited to see one of his idols. Jones is not only a fan of Lil’ Wayne, but is also “inspired by his work, talent, and motivation.” When asked what the best part of the concert was, Jones says, “towards the end, when Young Money came out, he re-introduced himself along with his team and re-emphasized the reasons why he was there; because he believed in God and he wouldn’t be anyone without his fans.”

Throughout the show, Lil’ Wayne made a conscious effort to constantly remind his fans that he would not be where he is today, if it were not for the support of his fans.
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Cuyamaca College to mount music festival May 7

CUYAMACA COLLEGE  (Press Release)– Combine live bands with college students eager to learn the music business and what do you get? The Cuyamaca College Music Industry Studies program’s third annual Coyote Music Festival set for noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 7, on the grand lawn of the Rancho San Diego campus.

The free event for all ages will be showcasing local bands on two stages playing original and covered music ranging from rock, pop, alternative and punk to acoustic jazz and folk.

For the students, the concert is the culmination of a semester-long project to put on a music festival, handling all aspects of production, including planning, auditions, promotions, staging and sound engineering.

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A busy month of May for the arts at Grossmont

By William Dudley
GROSSMONT COLLEGE– Jazz by the bay and spirits at the Stagehouse highlight the offerings for Grossmont College arts lovers this month.

All that Jazz

The third annual Jazz All Stars concert will take place at Humphreys by the Bay on May 2. There will actually be two concerts. The first, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., is a family concert open to all ages, and will feature straight-ahead jazz performed by members of Grossmont’s music faculty. Among the performers will be Steve Baker on piano, Paul Kurokawa on trumpet, and Doug Booth on guitar.

The second concert, beginning at 9:30, is for the 21-and-over crowd, and will have a more Caribbean/Latin dance feel. It will feature the Afro-Cuban Ensemble led by Derek Cannon, Ritmo Caribe, and Manny Cepeda.

Tickets are $18 general and $10 for Grossmont students, and are available at Humphreys Box Office at (619) 224-3577.

The concert is a benefit for the Grossmont College Music Scholarships. This program helps Grossmont music majors pay for the private lessons required as part of their studies.

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Grossmont Dance and Music departments stun

By Alexis Jacquett

Alexis Jacquett

SAN DIEGO—Grossmont College Dance Department’s “Entrances and Exits” matinee concert at the Joan B. Kroc Center on Saturday, April 16, was definitely amazing! This concert had so many great highlights.

In addition to the dance pieces, I really enjoyed the live music by the Grossmont College Afro-Cuban Ensemble and Grossmont College Gospel Choir , classical composer/ performer Kristopher Apple and percussionist Amir Etemadzadeh. The venue at 6611 University Ave., was good from the standpoint of seating but the acoustics were not as good as they could have been.,

There were 11 different pieces, featuring such different dance styles as Jazz, Modern, Hip Hop, Tap, and Ballet.

A Persian piece was very interesting and powerful! The dancers’ attire was neat, evoking an interesting culture. The live music added so much to this piece. The instruments provided strength and beauty.

At the end of the concert, there was an interactive piece in which they encouraged the audience to get involved and dance or clap. This was fun. They also provided the audience, with its many high school students, the opportunity to Q and A with the dancers, choreographers, and musicians.

This was such an exciting event. I thank Grossmont College Dance and Music Department for putting together an AMAZING show.

Jacquett is a Media Comm 199 student. Click here for video of the performance.

Grossmont’s Dr. Gonda and Prof. Benedetti to participate in factory fire commemoration

By Alexis Jacquett  

Alexis Jacquett

SAN DIEGO –San Diego State University will host a cantata to commemorate the women who lost their lives in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire 100 years ago. The concert on Wednesday, March 23, in Rhapsody Hall of the Music Building  is the only public event in San Diego that is being held to recognize this significant tragedy that helped shape some of the safety and labor laws today.

Yale Strom, the composer of this music piece, is in residence in the Jewish Studies program at SDSU. He “decided to write a composition to commemorate the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire’s 100th Anniversary.”

Dr. Sue Gonda is President of Grossmont’s Academic Senate, as well as a Women’s History Professor at Grossmont and SDSU. She also created the U.S. Women’s History courses at Grossmont. She will introduce this cantata.

The cantata will incorporate music and poetry in the English, Italian, and Yiddish languages.  There will be poetry recited in both English and Italian, and poetry sung in Yiddish. The two Yiddish songs that will be sung are “Fire Sacrifices” which was written after the fire and “The Calm Place.” Strom wrote a poem that will be sung in English called “Stench.”  The Performers for this concert are Yale Strom, Elizabeth Schwartz, Mark Dresser, Lou Fanucchi, and  Fred Benedetti.  The latter is a Guitarist and Music Professor at Grossmont.

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Guitar instructor Wetzel concertizes March 25

GROSSMONT COLLEGE (Press Release) — The Guitar Guild will present a performance by Grossmont College Music Dept. classical guitar instructor Robert Wetzel starting at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 25, at Building 26, Room 221 on campus. The public is invited to attend. The performance is a fund-raiser for the Grossmont College Guitar Guild. Admission is $8 per person, and $5 for seniors, students and children under age 12. For more information, phone (619) 644-7254.

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Concert demonstrates musical traditions of slaves yearning to be free

By Alexis Jacquett

Alexis Jacquett

GROSSMONT COLLEGE—Gospel music became an avenue of hope for slaves in America. They used stories from the Bible to represent freedom and code names like “Jesus” and “Moses” to represent Harriet Tubman and other abolitionists who helped free slaves through Underground Railroad.

On Feb. 25, Randall Tweed, the director of the Grossmont College Mater Chorale, opened up the Gospel concert.  Tweed introduced Ken Anderson, the director of the Grossmont College Gospel Choir who gave a little bit of background history about Gospel Music and Spirituals. Anderson also gave the audience the “Ok” to be a part of the concert and “shout Hallelujah or Amen if the spirit leads.”

The concert began with the Master Chorale performing three selections of the Spiritual Tradition; “I’m Gonna Sing When The Spirit Says Sing,” “The Time for Praying (Bach Sheep May Safely Graze),” and “I Want Jesus To Walk With Me.” All three selections had a classical rhythm.

Performing in the second half of the concert was the Grossmont College Gospel Choir.  It sang “Call Him Up, Lord,” “We Love You,” “Worship the Lord,” and “It’s A Mighty Good Day.” In “Worship The Lord”, the slaves gave the time of day and direction of escape. According to Anderson the slaves explained they were heading East in the morning to freedom.

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University of Colorado acquires Big Band broadcasts

BOULDER, Colorado (USANN4) — The University of Colorado has acquired hundreds of hours of recordings of big band radio broadcasts.   CU’s Glenn Miller Archive also has obtained photos, magazines, documents, and other memorabilia from a private collection.   The school has about 1,400 reel-to-reel tapes of jazz and big band musicians including Miller, Louis Armstrong, Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie, and Duke Ellington.

The cost to obtain the recordings was not disclosed.   University officials say all the money came from private donations.

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Gospel Choir and Master Chorale to perform twice in Black History Month observances

GROSSMONT COLLEGE (Press Release)–The  Grossmont College Gospel Choir and Grossmont College Master Chorale will celebrate Black History Month with two performances of gospel music at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 25, at Grossmont College, Building 26-Room 220, and at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 26, at Faith Chapel Church of God in Christ, 4999 Holly Dr., San Diego. The public is invited to attend. Admission is free at both performances.

Grossmont College faculty member Ken Anderson will conduct the 30-member Grossmont College Gospel Choir and the 50-member Grossmont College Master Chorale. Also performing at both concerts will be the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Choir San Diego and the Lincoln High School Gospel Choir, along with guest soloists, including sopranos Lorie Shields and Dale Flemming, alto Arnessa Rickette and Larry “Preacherman” Johnson as emcee.

Among the songs to be performed: “The Time for Praying,” “Joshua Fit De Battle Of Jericho,” “I’m Gonna Sing When the Spirit Says Sing,” “I Want Jesus to Walk With Me,” “Seek the Lord,” “Standing in the Need of Prayer,” and “It’s a Mighty Good Day.”

For more event information, phone the Grossmont College Music Department at (619) 644-7254.

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