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Community: Student musicians jazz up a spring luncheon

May 29, 2012|By Joyce Rudolph
  • Cabrini Literary Guild honored its past presidents at a meeting on May 10 at the Oakmont Country Club. They are, from left, Wanda Bistagne, 1965-1967; Barbara Imfeld, 1968-1969; Carla Cotti, 1973-1974; Mary Wight, 1990-1992; Maureen Walsh, 1997-1999; Terry Campbell, 1999-2001; Pat Price, 2002-2004; Marie Urrutia, 2006-2008; and Joan Sandon 2008-2010.
Cabrini Literary Guild honored its past presidents at… (Photo by Karen Lauf )

Four Hoover High School musicians entertained members and guests of the Glendale Committee for the Los Angeles Philharmonic during the annual spring luncheon on May 11 at the Oakmont Country Club.

Member Lucile Leard introduced the students — Josh Paik, Noah Zelezny, Alistair Laskin and Vahan Safaryan — of the Downbeat Combo, a group selected from the studio jazz orchestra program at Hoover.

Martin Rhees, the director of instrumental music at Hoover for three years, stood at the back of the room as members of the group introduced their musical selections. After the concert, President Leila Otey gave listeners a chance to ask questions. Students told about their current studies and their future educational plans.

The foursome often spends school lunch hours in the music room improvising their own jazz music, Rhees said.

The Glendale Committee often features student musicians at the spring luncheon. For many years, the committee has presented the Music Mobile at schools throughout Glendale, introducing third-graders to musical instruments and offering a “hands on” opportunity for each student to hold and play an instrument.


“Money from our patrons' donations goes to support the instrumental program of the Glendale schools. It is nice to see the fruits of our labors,” Otey said.

Healthy Kids honored as a safety net

Glendale Healthy Kids was one of four finalists in the annual Los Angeles Business Journal Healthcare Leadership Awards. The event salutes outstanding programs, agencies and individuals.

Glendale Healthy Kids received the award in the Safety Net Category, competing with other groups such as Valley Presbyterian Hospital, the Motion Picture & Television Fund, and Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center. Glendale Healthy Kids raises funds and provides health care and education to the city's children from low-income families. For more information, call (818) 548-7831.

Tea party member is guest speaker

Mike Munzing, one of a handful of tea party candidates elected to the Orange County Republican Central Committee, will be the guest speaker for the La Crescenta Valley Republican Women Federated's luncheon on June 14. His topic is U.N. Agenda 21 and the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives.

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