The Downey Legend

Banding Together

Banding Together

Alyssa Vega, Arts and Entertainment Editor

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 ended.   Senior, Steven Kuyper, has been in band and Wind Ensemble at Downey since his fre...

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.

Mehak Khan, Staff Writer

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 excitement at competitions. Seeing how relaxed the band students are and all the fun that they have...

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.

Rodas Hailu, Co-Editor-in-Chief

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 performs classic grunge songs, such as “Plush,” “Alive,” and “Smells like Teen Spirit,”...

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.

Rodas Hailu, Co-Editor-in-Chief

October 26, 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 exposed to instruments, such as the piano and the trumpet, practicing each instrument for a fixed amount...

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.

Rodas Hailu, Co-Editor-in-Chief

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 this magnitude has happened to the campus. “I was actually on vacation when I got an email from...

Playing with Bloody Mary

Hanna Suarez, Editor-in-Chief

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 different sound from the Pickups’ past singles like “Lazy Eye” and “Panic Switch”. Wh...

Beginning with an ending

Irene Luna, Editor-in-Cheif

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 2012.  With three songs from their first album making it to the US Alternative chart, the band has...

Music on the road

Amanda Garcia

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 Band Association competition where they received 9th place out of 19 bands that competed against th...

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