Save the Music in Paradise Festival


Saturday, March 16, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.


Richard Brunelle Performance Hall on the Davis Senior High School campus


On Saturday, March 16, 2019, 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Davis Senior High School's Band Director Thomas Slabaugh II will be hosting the “Save the Music in Paradise Festival."  The Davis Joint Unified School District (DJUSD) Music Program is harnessing the talents and civic awareness of students to hold an incredible event of student music performers that will raise needed funds to support the rebuilding of the Paradise Unified School District (PUSD) Music Program. The event is free but one hundred percent of donations collected will go to PUSD to replace equipment, musical instruments, uniforms sheet music, and more destroyed by the Camp Fire. Paradise, a community still struggling to recover and rebuild, still sees students and families displaced and scattered among a number of communities in the region.

The event will feature performances by over 350 students in ensembles from DJUSD and nearby schools, as well serve as a unique occasion to reunite Paradise Junior High and High School band students to perform in a combined Festival Band.


Festival Schedule and Repertoire

9:00 AM Emerson/Da Vinci/Harper 
Advanced Orchestra, Greg Brucker - Director
Repertoire: Concerto in G Antonio Vivaldi - Arr. By Thomas LaJoie, Adagio from Symphony No. 2, Op. 27 Sergei Rachmaninoff - Arr. By Robert Longfield, Themes From The Moldau Bedrich Smetana - Arr. By Robert S.Frost, March Slav Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Arr. By Carrie Lane Gruselle, Kashmir Jimmy Page, Robert Plant & John Bonham Arr. By Tim McCarrick

9:40 AM  Mariachi Del Valle, Da Vinci Charter 
Academy, Thomas Slabaugh II - Director 
Repertoire: La Goyita, For Un Amor, El Gavilan, Terco Corazon, El Nino Perdido, Flor Silvestre, Se Me Hizo Facil, Cerca del Mar, El Caballito

10:20 AM  Emerson/Da Vinci High 7th grade Band, Veronica Tonus - Director 
Repertoire: Genesis - Anne McGinty, Two Sketches for Band - John Edmondson, The Invincible Warrior - David Shaffer

11:00 AM    Harper Junior High 7th grade Band, Nancy Sanchez - Director
Repertoire: Blue Ridge Reel - Brian Balmages, A String of Pearls - Jerry Gray (Arr. by J. Wasson), Gershwin Classics - Arr. by Michael Sweeney

11:20 AM     Holmes Junior High 7th grade Band, Clyde Quick - Director
Repertoire: Onward - Gary P. Gilroy, An Australian Sea Ballad - Robert  Sheldon, Corninthium - Michael Sweeney

12:00 PM    River City High School Big Band, Rudy Cisneros - Director
Repertoire: Stairway to Heaven-Page & Plant arr. Burke, Ran Kan Kan-Tito  Puente arr. Mossman, Stormy Weather- Koehler & Arlen arr. Taylor, Moanin-  Mingus arr. Johnson

12:40 PM   Emerson/Da Vinci High 8/9th grade Band, Veronica Tonus - Director 
Repertoire: Celtic Ritual - John Higgins, Heaven's Light - Steven Reineke, The Last to Defend - David Shaffer

1:20 PM      Harper Junior High 8/9th grade Band, Nancy Sanchez - Director 
Repertoire: Joplin! - Arr. by L.C. Harnsberger, Hoe Down - Aaron Copland (Arr. by J. Moss), Jump, Jive An' Wail - Louis Prima (arr. by J. Vinson) 

2:00 PM     Holmes Junior High 8/9th grade Band, Clyde Quick - Director 
Repertoire: America Versus - Frank Ticheli, Along the Caney Fork - John Hosay, When Honor Prevails - James Swearingen

 2:40 PM     Davis High School Chamber Orchestra, Angelo Moreno - Director 
Repertoire: Themes from Carmen by Georges Bizet/arr. Carrie Lane Gruselle, Overture from the Thieving Magpie, by Gioachino Rossini/arr. Carrie Lane Gruselle

 3:40 PM     Davis High School Baroque Orchestra, Angelo Moreno - Director 
Repertoire: "Concerto Grosso No. 5 in D Minor by Charles Avison (Largo , Allegro, Andante moderato, Allegro) Soloist: Sue Bin Park, Grover Locke, Mr. Moreno, "Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Minor, Op. 7, by Jean-Marie Leclair ( Vivace, Largo-adagio, Allegro) Soloist: Sue Bin Park

4:20 PM     Davis High School Symphonic Band, Thomas Slabaugh II - Director
Repertoire: Mother Earth - David Maslanka, Radiant Shadows (from

5:00 PM    Guest Speaker: Joe Craven
Mr. Joe Craven is local community member as well as an award-winning creativity educator, former museum curator actor, musical festival emcee, Director of River Tunes Music Camp and Co-Director of Wintergrass Youth Academy. His love of performing music has put him in many musical genres and alongside many musicians, from Jerry Garcia, Yo-Yo Ma, Stephan Grappelli, David Lindley, Howard Levy and Jason Marsalis, to fusion banjoist Alison Brown and groups such as Psychograss and The Horseflies. His unique education programs have inspired thousands of students across the globe.

~5: 00 PM  Festival Ensemble*, Robert Schofield - Director 
Repertoire: Tamarac Overture – John Edmondson, Three Chinese Miniatures  ("The Wind," "Send Jin De Ma" ("A Maiden"), and "A Love    Song of Kang Ting  City") – Robert Jager, Overture on a Shaker Tune – John Higgins, Paradise  High School Fight Song - Bob Schofield

*The Festival Ensemble is comprised of students from Paradise Junior and Senior High School Band programs, Davis Senior High School Concert and Symphonic Bands, Emerson/Da Vinci Junior High Bands, Harper Junior High Bands, and Holmes Junior High Bands.

Event Contacts

Event Contacts 

Performance Details Contact: Tom Slabaugh,
Paradise Unified Contact: Bob Schofield,
Media Contact:  Maria Clayton,  530-757-5300 x149

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Order your official Festival T-shirts or Sweatshirts
Now available, official Festival garb from our official sponsor Ink Monkey Graphics. At least half of every purchase will go to Paradise Unified School District Music Program. Orders can be picked up at the Festival or can be shipped for an additional fee of $12.  No returns or exchanges. Please "View Spec Sheet" available in each item for sizing reference.

Media Release

View our Media Statement on the Save the Music in Paradise Festival.