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Loop 83s second album Petrichor was released on May 27. Art by: Charles Dwyer

Cougar critique: “Petrichor”

Jane Armstrong June 8, 2023

The local band’s indie rock album defines and expands the group’s sound On May 27, student band Loop 83 released their seven-track album “Petrichor” across multiple streaming platforms. The...

Looking West’s song “I See a Man” was in progress for over a year until it was released at midnight on Oct. 21. Looking West bassist and El Camino High School student Owen Neth ’23 said, “It is really cool to finally [release] a single. Often, when we did a show, people used to ask us if we had a Spotify or any music on it, but we had to say no. Now we can say, ‘yes, we do,’ which is really cool. Overall, I am really happy [that] we are releasing one of our songs, so hopefully, we can get more ears on our music and more exposure.” Graphic by: Owen and Matt Neth

Looking West releases their debut single “I See a Man”

Alejandro Hernandez October 20, 2022

Local band Looking West releases their new single across several streaming platforms The Ventura-based band Looking West, comprised of El Camino High School students Dylan Brehm ’23 (lead vocalist and...

Looking West performs at Topa Topa Brewing Co. on 104 E Thompson Blvd. in Ventura on Sept. 10. Looking West band member and El Camino High School student Dylan Brehm ‘23 said, “Looking West is when we are our best selves. The music brought us together and the brotherhood keeps us together.” Photo by: Alejandro Hernandez

Local band Looking West jams forward

Alejandro Hernandez September 30, 2022

Who are Looking West? Looking West is a Ventura-based band founded in 2017. Looking West band members include El Camino High School students Dylan Brehm ’23 (lead vocals and guitar) and Owen Neth ’23...

Right now its a little chaos because they havent done this in a few years, but when it comes to the show, we do the tech today, so there is a lot of chaos. Tomorrow is the dress rehearsal so they will know how it goes, and by Friday, we will be pretty organized, said Paul Hunt, the VHS music director. Photo by: Belen Hibbler

Behind the curtain: the innerworkings of the VHS annual chamber concert

Belen Hibbler, Halle Gentry, Olive Kranzler, and Elise Sisk February 24, 2022

A behind the scenes look at the tech and dress rehearsals before the Chamber Concert on Feb. 11

Honor Bands

Honor Bands

Elise Sisk January 24, 2022

Apparition Coast founder Gage Burgi said, I feel really connected to Relentless. I just love playing the guitar riff for that song. Graphic by: Alejandro Hernandez.

VHS alum’s journey to new beginnings

Alejandro Hernandez January 11, 2022

Apparition Coast releases their debut album “To New Beginnings” On Dec. 10, alternative rock band Apparition Coast released their debut album “To New Beginnings.” Who is Apparition Coast? One...

Junior Ava Rosenthal shared, “As of next year, we will focus on music theory and basic fundamentals before we get to see each other in the classroom again. We will have zoom calls and chat and try to get together in these tough times. Photo by: Miles Bennett

Music in the heart while staying apart

Caroline Marsden and Greta Pankratz August 17, 2020

Musicians share how they feel about the new reality the music department faces. In the upcoming unprecedented school year, everything will be different. For music students, developing a feeling of normalcy...

The VHS Music Department’s pre-quarantine year was filled to the brim with successes, according to its members and Music Department Head Paul Hunt. Photo from: Miles Bennett

Student musicians tug at the heartstrings

Miles Bennett May 27, 2020

The year’s Music Department seniors share their thoughts on the year The VHS Music Department’s pre-quarantine year was filled to the brim with successes, according to its members and Music Department...

The Wind Ensemble II musicians stand in front of the Atlanta skyline after exploring the Georgia Aquarium. Photo from: Kate Marsden

Photostory: Wind Ensemble H takes on Atlanta

Tanya Turchyn May 26, 2019

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Graphic by: Micah Wilcox

Prelude to Concerto: String Orchestra prepares for Dec. 6 Concert

Micah Wilcox November 19, 2018

Following Ventura and Buena High School’s joint Wind Ensemble Fall Concert on Wednesday, the music department is warming up for Dec. 6-- the String Orchestra Winter Concert. "We are playing a number...

VHS Wind Ensemble Honors tubist senior Kirk Mellring warms up before the concert. Photo by: Lola Bobrow

Fostering non-competition through collaborative performance: wind ensembles take the stage

Lola Bobrow November 18, 2018

On Wednesday, Nov. 14, the Ventura High School auditorium hosted the 2018 fall concert for VHS’s Wind Ensemble, Honors Wind Ensemble and Buena High School’s debut Honors Wind Ensemble. VHS’s...

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