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Posted: Friday, May 2, 2008 10:00 pm

Community concert, play auditions, CD release party

Lodi Community Band has spring concert, says goodbye to one of its own

It will be a bittersweet occasion for the Lodi Community Band when Lodi High Band Director David Vickerman steps center stage to perform a trumpet solo Sunday at the annual spring concert. The popular educator is completing his fifth and final year at the school and will be leaving Lodi to pursue a master's degree in instrumental conducting in Oregon.

Vickerman will perform the classic "La Virgen de la Macarena" (the bull fight song) during the Band's annual Spring Concert on May 4 at 2 p.m. in the Charlene Powers Lange Performing Arts Theatre at Hutchins Street Square, 125 S. Hutchins Street. Admission is free.

The Band will also honor two local high school music students with scholarships to band camp this summer.

Jordan Cunningham, a junior at Tokay High School, is member of the Band who also serves on its Board of Directors. She is a member of the Tokay High Marching and Concert Bands, and honor student. Cunningham plays trombone.

Michael Zuniga, a junior at Lodi High and member of its Wind Ensemble, is serving as the school's Assistant Drum Major this year, in addition to being a member of the Lodi Community Band. He also earned a spot in the San Joaquin County Honor Band, securing first chair in the bass clarinet section.

Three members of the Band's trumpet section will be featured on the well-known "Bugler's Holiday." Other program highlights include a medley of tunes from "Fiddler on the Roof," a symphony based upon the tunes of John Philip Sousa, Scottish tune "YeBanks and Braes O'Bonnie Doon" and a rousing rendition of "America the Beautiful."

The Lodi Community Band has a history of performing in and around the Lodi area dating back to the 1870s. Under the direction of Mr. Robert Gross, the Band is an all-volunteer organization that invites musicians of all ages to inquire about participation.

Today: open auditions for "Peter Pan and Wendy"

Open auditions for Changing Faces production of the classic, non-musical "Peter Pan and Wendy" will be today at 10 a.m. at the Wishek Amphitheater at Hutchins Street Square, 125 S. Hutchins St.

This show is based on the original 1911 story written by J.M. Barrie. It is "darker" than the Disney version, but still has the warmth and charm. Sabrina Willis and Mike Bartram, who directed last summer's production, will co-direct the show. This year's theme is imagination. Bartram says the performers and audiences alike will have a great time under the stars at Jessie's Grove Winery, where the performances are held.

These auditions are open to anyone from around the age of 7 and up. There are no preparations necessary. At the audition, be ready to move and do some dancing. However, if you're not a dancer, you can still be cast.

"(Changing Faces Theater Company, of Lodi) has a blast with auditions, and our goal is to cast as many of you who come out as possible," Bartram wrote in an e-mail.

In past shows, the theater company has cast as many as 75 performers.

If you are unable to make it to today's audition, contact Bartram at 747-8043, as they will have a make-up audition in May.

Enjoy a "Smooth Urban Night" at Pasos Vineyard Winery

On Saturday, May 10, Pasos Vineyard at Vino Piazza in Lockeford will host the free CD release party for Lodi jazz musician Travis Vega's newest CD, "Smooth Urban Night."

Along with the show, artist David Jon Foster will exhibit the "Travis Vega Project 2008" photographic exhibit.

Since his debut album, "Through the Valley," was released in 2004, Vega has become a regular on stages and radio stations. His smooth jazz mixes pop, dance, r&b and wold music. Vega has been compared to artists such as George Benson, Wes Montgomery, Norman Brown and Peter White.

The CD release show will take place May 10 at 6 p.m. at Pasos Vineyards at Vino Piazza, 12470 Locke Road in Lockeford. Wine tasting and refreshments will be available. For more information visit http://www.TravisVega.com">http://www.TravisVega.com or call Pasos Vineyards at 727-3153.

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