Lighthouse party provides early Christmas for needy families

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Caleb Huggins, 6, didn’t wait to get out of line to play with the electronic guitar he was given Saturday at the Lighthouse Mission Children’s Christmas Party. His mother Tia Koenig, left, said she was happy her son got what he wanted. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer When Caleb […]

Education digest: Tuba, euphonium players invited to participate in musical event

Tuba, euphonium players invited to participate in musical event The Clovis Municipal Schools music department is hosting the annual Tuba Christmas event on Saturday. Alan Dropps, music director for the district, said any high school, college or adult tuba or euphonium player is welcome to participate. Registration is $5 and is at the Norvil Howell […]

WWII veteran made musical impact

By Don McAlavy: Local sport In 1991 Bruce DeFoor, teacher-artist, at CCC, wrote the following words: “Norris McPherson,’Big Mac,’ has long ago attained legendary stature as one of the greatest musicians in Clovis history, a former employee of the Clovis school system, he retired in 1987 with a life threatening illness, still today his jazz […]

ENMU Presenting “Mortal Kombat The Musical” on May 8

Eastern New Mexico University’s Runnels Gallery will premiere the work of fine arts student Amie Griffith “Mortal Kombat The Musical” on Friday, May 8, at 4 p.m. in Room 112 of the Jack Williamson Liberal Arts Building. A reception will follow immediately after. The movie is produced by Ms. Griffith in fulfillment of her graduation […]

CHS band full of musical talent

Recently I had the pleasure of conducting the New Mexico Music Educators All State Symphonic Band in Albuquerque. This band consisted of the most talented high school musicians in New Mexico.

Bye-Bye Birdie brings Broadway to Clovis

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Courtesy photo As part of the 2008-2009 Clovis Community College Cultural Arts Series, Bye Bye Birdie is bringing Broadway to Clovis at 7 p.m. Monday at Marshall Auditorium. Freedom New Mexico The musical Bye Bye Birdie is bringing Broadway to Clovis at 7 p.m. Monday at Marshall Auditorium. As part of the 2008-2009 Clovis Community […]

Differences can exist, but civility must win

Freedom New Mexico Regardless of whether your musical tastes ran to “Yes We Can” or “Raising McCain” this election, there’s one song you weren’t likely to hear on the 2008 campaign trail: “Kum Ba Yah.” Things got rough and tumble in a few places this year, not only in the White House race but also […]

Musical thriller comes to New Mexico

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Courtesy photo Sweeney Todd will premiere at the Spencer Theater in Alto on Sept. 18. Freedom New Mexico The Spencer Theater brings Broadway to the mountains. The first show of the season is Sweeney Todd, a 2006 Tony Winning musical thriller about a barber who robs and kills his wealthy customers. Set in London, the […]

Brass hitting Clovis

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Courtesty photo Dallas Brass is scheduled for two days in Clovis, including a Wednesday concert at Marshall Auditorium and a May 15 concert at Rock Staubus Gymnasium CNJ Staff The Dallas Brass may not resonate far outside of musical circles, but the impact on bands at Clovis Municipal Schools is about to be felt. “If […]

In Tribute: Father remembered for musical talent

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Former bandmates said Jeff Jacobs was the best singer they’d ever known. Family members said he was even better as a father. The only one who never talked about Jacobs’ talents, it seemed, was Jacobs himself. The Brooklyn native, who stayed put after arriving in Clovis via the Air […]