Clovis High hosting championship band

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Courtesy photo The Clovis High School marching band is hoping to learn from the champion Santa Clara Vanguard band during their stay in Clovis. Freedom New Mexico Clovis High School is hosting the Santa Clara Vanguard, a championship drum and bugle corps. The Vanguard will stage two free evening performances

Ethnic Fair celebrates 17th year

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Everette Sage, with the Dineh Tah’ Navajo Dancers, was one of four Navajo dancers to perform the bow and arrow dance at the Ethnic Fair on Clovis’ Main Street. The dance group, from Albuquerque, was dressed in traditional Navajo garb. By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Drum beats of Western […]

Feb. 22 – Drum away

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis band members Jesika Trujillo, left, and Jared Finch drum away between games Friday night at Rock Staubus Gym. Both have been playing the drums for four years. Finch said he loves drumming because it’s “the greatest thing in my life.”

Local Roundup: Employee tapped for music commission

CNJ staff A Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce employee has been appointed by the governor to serve on the New Mexico Music Commission. Liz Eisenbraun, marketing director and special events coordinator, has worked to preserve and promote Clovis’ music history through the Clovis Music Festival and development of the Norman and Vi Petty Rock N’ […]

Reporter’s notebook: Musicians to perform on ESPN2

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Chris Mondragon describes drum and bugle corps fans as insane because of their loyalty. He’s witnessed their enthusiasm firsthand. For the second summer, the 20-year-old Clovis native traveled the country as one of the 135 members of the Blue Knights of Denver. Mondragon can be seen in the Drum […]

Reporter’s notebook: Former band member travels with drum corps

Chris Mondragon marches to the beat of some of the best drummers in the country. The former Clovis High School band trombone player auditioned for Drum Corps International last December and was chosen to tour with the prestigious group over the summer. Drum Corps International is a non-profit organization serving junior drum and bugle corps […]

Education Calendar 2/26

Today • Music in Our Schools Week Grand Concert, 7 p.m. at Marshall Auditorium. • Parkview Elementary first- and second-grade musical, 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the school. Friday n El Desayuno Kiwanis Piano Festival, 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Marshall Auditorium. • Lincoln-Jackson Arts Academy Drum Corps Performs at the Capitol Building […]

Get out and live, mon!

Clyde Davis “Clyde plays electric base; plays it with finesse and grace.” So are the opening words of a song by Waylon Jennings, written for his base player who complained there was never a song with his name in it. This complaint inspired Waylon to write one for him. The same could be said about […]

Teaching a heartbeat

By Jack King Agalu, a Nigerian-style drum and dance group, prides itself on bringing the “heartbeat” of Africa to U.S. audiences. Led by Akeem Ayanniyi, a ninth-generation player of the traditional Yoruba talking drum, the group includes percussionists skilled in the playing of the djembe, djun djun, akiko and bata drums, a masquerade dancer who […]