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My Turn: Band or sports … why not both?

I appreciate Village Life writer Julie Samrick’s support regarding recognition of the value of instrumental music instruction within the schools here in El Dorado Hills. However, as a music educator for 31 years, the past 21 as the band director at Oak Ridge High School, I’d like to clarify the opinions recently expressed regarding opportunities for students to receive […]

1 Comment / March 02, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

The Ramblin’ Years returns to its roots

Seattle-based The Ramblin' Years comes back to its local roots to perform at The Purple Place on Friday, April 17 — one stop of their Northern California tour. Bandmates are, left to right: Daniel Dunn, Katie Sweeney, Sean Clavere, Daniel Dovinh and Mitch Edwards. Photo by Olli Tumelius

Band stops home on tour Way before rock band The Ramblin’ Years’ was lighting up Seattle’s popular club circuit, lead singer Sean Clavere attended Oak Ridge High School, at which time he played in the marching band and led his first band, The Late Chaps. Now Clavere and The Ramblin’ Years are coming back to […]

Comments Off / April 12, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Far from fiction: Oak ridge grad, bandmates could make Rolling Stone cover

FICTIONIST bandmates Robbie Connolly, Jacob Jones, Stuart Maxfield, Aaron Anderson and Brandon Kitterman, left to right, hope to make it on the cover of Rolling Stone. Courtesy photo

“Wanna see my picture on the cover Wanna buy five copies for my mother Wanna see my smilin’ face On the cover of Rolling Stone.” Those timeless words penned by poet Shel Silverstein and let loose by Dr. Hook singer Ray Sawyer in the ’70s still ring true; you know you’ve made it big in […]

Comments Off / March 25, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment,Feature Photos | Read More »



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