The Downey Legend

Banding Together

Banding Together
January 15, 2016

The last winter performance for the Downey band was on Saturday, Dec. 9 performed at the Downey Civic Theatre, and senior band members feel their year is coming to an end just as fast their season...

The New way

On Mar. 19, Debra New and the rest of the booster parents plan out the band’s next fundraiser in a meeting held in the band room. They are planning to raise money during the annual fair, held at Downey High School, to help pay for the additional instructors, food for the students, and for the band fees.
March 30, 2015

Parent Debra New first joined Downey High’s Drumline Booster Board in 2013 and is currently vice president along with a nomination for next year’s presidential position. New enjoys the pride and...

Rocking out for Relay for Life

In attempts to help bring in more donations for Relay for Life, math teacher Eric Bradfield and his band, DTC, perform during both lunches on Thur March 21, in the gym.  The band performed a series of grunge songs including works originally by Nirvana and Pearl Jam.
March 29, 2013

On Thursday, March 21, math teacher Mr. Bradfield and his band, DTC, performed during both lunches to raise money for Relay for Life.   Formed last August, Bradfield’s band is a group that...

Striving for the gold

Smooth rhymes fill the halls of DHS during sixth period as Mr. Olariu enlightens his students with jazz, during an advanced jazz lesson, in room L-102, to prepare for the fall jazz concert on October 31. Teaching at DHS since 2001, Mr. Olariu was taught to play a variety of music when he first attended college, at the age of twenty-one, and started his career playing a trumpet at a local bar in Russia.
October 25, 2012

After escaping communism in his home country of Romania in 1989, band instructor Mr. Cory Olariu has since led a free life enriched with his passion for music.   As a child, Olariu had been...

Triumph over a loss

The principal of Griffiths Middle School, Mr Stapp, and current drummer for the school’s band, Julian Thomas, 8, show off their “Support Music” wristbands for an ongoing cause. Over the summer the instruments were stolen, so the music department immediately came to action by selling wristbands for $5 each, as a way to fundraise in order to purchase new equipment.
October 3, 2012

During the past summer break, Griffiths Middle School suffered from a break-in that resulted in the loss of many band instruments. Griffiths has had break-ins and computers stolen before, but nothing of...

Playing with Bloody Mary

June 11, 2012

Alternative indie band Silversun Pickups has received much praise for their most recent single, “Bloody Mary (Nerve Endings)”, which is off of their 2012 album Neck of the Woods. The track has a slightly...

Beginning with an ending

April 30, 2012

Young the Giant, Irvine-born band formerly known as The Jakes, released the song “Apartment” on their self titled work in January 2011; the tune made it to number 26 on the US Alternative chart in...

Music on the road

February 1, 2010

Rolling their suitcases and carrying their duffle bags the morning of Nov. 20th, members of the Marching Band and Colorguard were ready to hit the road to Fresno, California and compete in the Western...

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