Music isn’t always played by the books. Sometimes it’s improvised.
“It’s a pretty cool feeling to make up the music on the spot,” said David Tuttle, music education senior and clarinetist.
Improv solos were a main component of the Jazz Ensemble’s big band style concert on Thursday in the Rhea Miller Recital Hall.
Logan Hahn, music freshman and saxophonist, said that although solos sometimes stress him out, jazz solos are easier on his nerves.
“I’ve found if you get comfortable enough with the scales and chords you just feel the piece and it comes together,” Hahn said.
Jeff Hall, artist in residence, taught the class this semester and said that students are usually hesitant at the beginning of the semester … Read More…
With the upcoming winter break, many students are looking for time to relax. But most of all, they are looking forward to spending time with friends and family.
Jeremy Oldham, communication junior, said he will spend some quality time with his family and friends now that the semester is over, “(more) time where many of us are not afforded with such demanding classes and homework schedules.”
Kelly Reilly, social work sophomore, said she is excited for Christmas so that she can see her relatives that she doesn’t normally get a chance to see.
One tradition, she said, is that her family always goes to church on Christmas Eve. She also plans to go shopping with her mom and sister.
Oldham, … Read More…
Sometimes, a goal can be met on the first try.
Vanguard Photo | Tyler Bradley
Senior runner Ashley Meyer broke the SVSU indoor record in the mile at the Holiday Classic, SVSU’s first meet of the season. Meyer will need to lower her record by 10 seconds to automatically qualify for NCAA nationals.
Ashley Meyer, secondary education senior, set out to beat SVSU’s indoor mile record in her first meet of the season and came away successful. Her time of 5:01.41 at last weekend’s SVSU Holiday Classic was good enough to beat the old record of 5:02.61, set in 2006.
Meyer said she now has a new goal of coming as close as she can to the automatic qualifer in … Read More…
Britney Spears is not a girl; but is she a woman? On Friday, Spears turned 30 years old. She started as a member of the Mickey Mouse club, and 20 years later she has shed her innocent school-girl outfit for a bedazzled gold bra set and matching black fishnet tights. After all, “What U See (Is What You Get).”
I won’t lie, her album “Oops I Did it Again” was the fourth CD I ever owned. I, like all the rest of the girls my age, danced around my bedroom, hair brush in hand, singing, “Isn’t she lovely, this Hollywood girl? And they say, she’s so lucky, she’s a star.” I imitated her, but laughed when my mom commented in … Read More…
What started as a reason to avoid taking gym class in eighth grade turned into a career for one music student.
Vanguard Photo | Sean Dudley
Rachelle Austin, music education senior, poses by the piano she often uses to practice singing. Austin took first place in the advanced division at the National Association for Teachers of Singing (NATS) competition last month.
Rachelle Austin, music education senior, is a coloratura soprano that aspires to be a professional vocalist.
She started singing choir in eighth grade and continued in high school. In fact, her high school teacher told her not to pursue music as a career.
Despite this, Austin knew a singing career was in her future.
“There wasn’t really a moment … Read More…
“Twilight” fans, please hide your eyes. This review will be nastier than Bella’s child birthing.
There will be no swooning over Bella Swan’s (Kristen Stewart) and Edward Cullen’s (Robert Pattinson) “love” or gushing over Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) without his shirt on (which by the way — he accomplishes not even a minute into the movie).
“Breaking Dawn: Part 1” accomplishes little to nothing for a plot. The first part of the movie consists of Bella and Edward getting married and then spending a honeymoon together where Bella realizes herself as a sexual being and begs for Edward to have her.
Finally, we find out an hour into the movie that she is pregnant with a creature that is killing … Read More…
Writers dream of having their work read by others.
For David Baker, it’s a dream come true.
“The work we do alone, at our desks, sometimes matters,” Baker said.
Baker was honored Tuesday with the twelfth annual Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize. This award is given to a living American poet for an individual book of poetry published in the span of three years. This year’s prize included 2008 to 2010.
Baker won with his poetry collection, “Never-Ending Birds,” which he says is about “loss and returning.”
“I can’t tell you how important and how lucky I feel for all of this,” he said.
The ceremony was part of the 2011 Theodore Roethke Poetry & Arts Festival, a celebration of … Read More…
Halloween came early as Marios, princesses and super heroes suited up for candy and fun.
At the athletic department’s third annual “Trunk or Treat Around the Track” on Friday, children of all ages collected candy, decorated pumpkins and played games.
The event took place in the O’Neill Arena at the Ryder Center.
It was sponsored by Graff Bay City and Meijer. Student athletes ran the games specific to their sport.
For example, basketball players gave children the chance to shoot their own hoops and win sweets.
Graff Bay City had cars set up around the arena and gave out treats as children came to “trunk or treat.”
The Kochville Township Fire Department also passed out candy and tips for being … Read More…