Posted on: Nov 25, 2014 1:00:00 AM
Arts and Culture
Contact: Della Elliott (619) 644-7690 firstname.lastname@example.org
Winter Wonder Jam -- Cuyamaca College’s homegrown music fest put on by students in the Music Industry Studies program and featuring four local bands and musicians playing pop, rock and folk music – is set for 7-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, in the performing arts theater.
Open to the public, admission is $5 or a donation of three canned goods to the San Diego Food Bank. Ample free parking will be available at the college at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in Rancho San Diego.
The event will showcase four bands rocking one of the most acoustically sound venues in East County:
The fifth annual holiday bash is an all-ages event with food, refreshments, and always eclectic performances.
The entirely student-produced event is designed to teach students what it takes to put on a large-scale production, said co-instructor Annie Zuckerman. The students handle every aspect of the concert from auditioning bands, developing a marketing plan, creating posters and fliers, promoting the concert via social media, setting up the event, managing the stage transitions from one band to the next, and running the live sound – all under the tutelage of the faculty and staff from the Performing Arts Department.
“The aim of the class and the concert is to give the Music Industry Studies students hands-on experience working on skills in order to prepare them for careers in music and related industries,” Zuckerman said. “It is also a wonderful opportunity for the college to promote and support local artists.”
Music Industry Studies is a transfer degree program unique locally to Cuyamaca College that combines classes in music theory, literature, and performance with studies in music technology and business. The festival is the product of one of the program’s classes, the Music Industry Seminar.
The class is broken up into teams, with each group assigned a specific task. The seminar class has so much to offer that students take it for four semesters, each time learning a new skill. During the spring, the students put on the Coyote Music Festival, an even larger outdoor event. And it isn’t just music students, but graphic design, art and business students who are recruited to take the class. Zuckerman leads the seminar along with music instructor Taylor Smith.
For more information, including links to bands performing at the festival, go to the student-created Facebook page. For further information about the Music Industry Studies program, go to www.cuyamaca.edu/performingarts/programs.asp#music or call (619) 660-4322
For more information about Cuyamaca and Grossmont colleges, go to www.gcccd.edu