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Vanguard, Vanguard Cadets Compete in DCI Championships
By Melissa McKenzie

Earlier this month the Santa Clara Vanguard and Vanguard Cadets capped off a summer of travel with the Drum Corps International Championships in Indiana.

Vanguard Cadets, which won the Open Class division in 2008, 2013 and 2015, were ready to impress with its 2015 show, “On Cloud Nine,” with music by Harry Gregson-Williams (“Life” from “Prometheus”), Reinhold Heil, Johnny Klimek and Tom Tykwer (“The Girl with the Plums” from “Perfume”) and Henry Jackman (title track from “Big Hero 6”). The program, which was inspired by universally experienced moments of blissful happiness and celebrates feelings that arise from life’s journey, uplifting, defining and inspiring humanity, scored an 81.225 and was enough to win the championship.

“We nailed every single thing that we had and we gave it our all and it really paid off,” said Vanguard Cadets Drum Major Carl Huang.

“This is the fourth World Championship they’ve won in their class,” said Santa Clara Vanguard Chief Executive Officer Jeff Fiedler...

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Concerts in the Park Conclude, Triton Free Fridays Begin in September
By Melissa McKenzie

Concerts in the Park Conclude, Triton Free Fridays Begin in September

Although the Cultural Commission has received some pushback about the time and date change of the Santa Clara Concerts in the Park summer series, it was clear by the approximately 300 attendees on Aug. 21 that moving the shows to Friday evening not only drew a larger crowd but more families and broader range of Santa Clarans. The acts, which have largely been similar...

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Black Cedar Performs in Santa Clara

Black Cedar Performs in Santa Clara

Santa Clara’s Studio Bongiorno often brings varied sounds to its floor space. In the past, the studio-gallery has hosted acoustic ska and metal shows, as well as singer-songwriters and unique instrumental bands, but on Aug. 8 the space played host to a modern classical group Black Cedar.

According to guitarist Steve Lin, the trio, which played at Santa Clara’s Studio Bongiorno on Aug. 8, is the “only trio in the world dedicated to promoting and commission music written for flute, guitar and cello.”

“It was refreshing to host music with a much more classical vibe to it,” said Studio Bongiorno owner Phil Bongiorno. “Based on the age and the acoustics of the building, the sound quality was amazing. We look forward to having them back soon and encourage everyone that couldn’t make it to come on out next time...”

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Author Tim J. Myers Releases Two New Books
By Cynthia Cheng

Author Tim J. Myers Releases Two New Book

“My mom gave me a geode, which is an oval shaped rock with crystal growing on the inside,” says Santa Clara author and Santa Clara University professor Tim J. Myers. “This geode I have has been cut in half and naturally filled with a beautiful purple crystal. On the outside it looks like an ordinary beat up rock.”

Myers considered what it would have been like if a Native American found a geode during pre-contact times, which is before Native Americans interacted with Europeans.The result was “The Thunder Egg,” a picture book released in July.

“My idea was that [this rock] might be interpreted as a thunderbird egg,” Myers says. “Many of the Plains tribes believed in the idea of the thunderbird. It’s a mythical creature, but tribe members believe it exists and that it brings rain...

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