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In one of the most tightly contested championships in years, the exciting RCC presentation topped the 160+ drum lines at the recent WGI Championships, held at the sold out Ervin Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio. The comments from the judges panel were glowing (396 out of 400 points in GE from Nola Jones!) and the standing ovations that followed the prelims and finals shows were a testament to the ‘freshness’ and excitement that the Riverside performers brought to the ‘big dance.’

In a complete departure from last year, utilizing bold slashes of color on a white floor & bright costumes, the line musically examined the essence of pop culture. The energetic presentation, an original composition by Sean Vegas and Jim Wunderlich entitled “Manifest Destiny,” again explored all aspects of movement. The break dancing that was ‘hinted at’ throughout the show was finally fully realized at the end when the battery members formed the traditional dance triangle and strutted their stuff – including a pretty effective ‘moon walk’ bit that brought cheers from the capacity WGI audience!

This is the 2nd WGI title for the RCC Drumline, having won the world class championship in 2002, and the 4th consecutive year that the group has earned a WGI medal at the season finale. Riverside now has earned an unprecedented gold, silver, silver and gold in the last 4 seasons – their only seasons that included the WGI Championships. The instructional staff includes Sean Vega, Jim Wunderlich, Mike Jackson, Paul Locke, Chris Velez, Chad McCormick, Pete Sapadin, Cory Blee and Jennifer Swanek. RCC would like to take this opportunity to thank Dynasty for the new pit equipment, as well as Zildjian, Vic Firth, Remo, Taye and Xymox for their support.

RCC Loses Founding Member

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[singlepic id=132 w=320 h=240 float=left]It is with a heavy heart that I announce today the passing of Bob Ellis, a talented trumpet player and one of the “original 16” members of the RCC “Marching Tigers.” Only 48 years old, Bob finally lost his lengthy battle with cancer. Known and loved by dozens of SoCal musicians, Bob was a former member of the Concord Blue Devils and became a soloist with the marching band at RCC during the “glory years” of great trumpet players. He wailed alongside Dave Murphy, Troy Lombard, Mike Espinosa, Larry Hart and Mark Mellado, just to name a few. Just last Decmber, Bob was inducted into the RCC Marching Tigers “Hall of Fame” and the college will now offer the “Bob Ellis Memorial Scholarship” in his memory.

Details about the upcoming memorial service are now being finalized. All Alumni and current band members will be invited to come out and join together to help celebrate his life. He will be sorely missed.

RCC’s “Horn Guy” logo [top] was modeled using Bob’s picture. His memory will forever live in our hearts and minds.

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Speaking to a capacity “standing-room-only” crowd at the recent RCC Band OPEN HOUSE, band director Gary Locke got a huge response to his statement “we are going to Spain this fall, so we are doing a Spanish show, one that will include Malaguena and Bolero!” An audible gasp went up from the assembled audience and then clapping, cheering and the buzzing of heated conversation followed! Obviously, there are a lot of ‘band people’ out there who are anxious to see & hear the 250-member “Marching Tigers” wail on this music!

Come one, come all! There are openings in every section in the fall band program! Just register for band camp – Music 60 and get your self organized for evening rehearsals. Check out this space in future weeks for updates. Get yourself on our computerized mailing list now so you can receive the summer band letter! Read the info posted here on band fees, the fall schedule AND about our exciting trip to SPAIN!