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Music in the heart while staying apart

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.

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 will be extra challenging. In a pre-COVID19 music department, students would congregate in lar...

The WRLD became a little less juicy on December 8

Juice WRLD performing at the Wireless Festival 2019 in London, England. Photo from:

Caroline Marsden and Jocelyn Lee

December 17, 2019

Fan favorite SoundCloud rapper passed away on Dec. 8, possibly due to a drug overdose Known for his hit song, “Lucid Dreams”, Jarad Anthony Higgins, better known as Juice WRLD, passed away on Dec. 8, only six days after his twenty-first birthday. He suffered from a seizure at the Chicago Midway Air...

Benefit Concert tugs at the heartstrings

(From left to right) Sophomore Carly Froelich, freshman Aliza Barroca, senior Molly Sturgeon, sophomore Eden Harnar and sophomore Eden Shoemake, the singers of the VHS Music Department's Vocal Jazz group, singing Gershwin's

Miles Bennett

October 27, 2019

[dropcap size=small]O[/dropcap]n the eve of Oct. 23, students donned black ties and dresses, readied their instruments, and transformed the Ventura High School auditorium. That evening, VHS Music Department Head Paul Hunt’s students joined in musical matrimony to produce a concert that left audience...

Taylor Swift’s “Lover”: Review

Taylor Swifts new album,

Shannon David

October 22, 2019

"Lover", Taylor Swift’s 7th album although uneven and immature is a fun, heartfelt album that is surprisingly somewhat enjoyable    I’ve been a Taylor Swift fan since the ripe age of 8 when I heard her song, “You Belong With Me”. I was immediately drawn to the appeal of the comforting t...

The last note of the year: VHS Music performs 2018-2019’s final concert

The last note of the year: VHS Music performs 2018-2019's final concert

Sarah Clench

June 4, 2019

Ventura High School’s Wind Ensemble Honors and Symphonic Orchestra held their last concert of the year on May 23 at 7 p.m. in the Ventura High School auditorium. Wind Ensemble Honors performed for the first half of the show, with pieces by Schwantner, Sparke, Nelson and Marquez. Senior Kirk Mellrin...

Billie Eilish’s new album: Hot or not?

Billie Eilish's new album: Hot or not?

Caroline Marsden and Audrey Flynn

May 24, 2019

I was certainly taken by surprise when I heard Billie Eilish had dropped a new album, titled “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” In my mind, she was known for putting out a single song at a time, so this overload of Eilish’s songs made me take a step back. For those who don’t know, Billie Eilish i...

Ya like jazz?

Ya like jazz?

Douglas Sandford

April 22, 2019

Jazz is a very broad genre of music that has had an avid following since its inception in the 1920s. In Christian Gallo’s History of American Music class, we’ve been going over jazz and its progression through culture. One prominent artist we’ve learned about is arguably one of the most inf...

“Would?” you listen to Alice In Chains? You just might after reading this.

Garrett Jaffe

March 16, 2019

A personal review of the 1990s Grunge band Alice in Chains unique music and influence on their respective genre of music. The band Alice In Chains is undeniably a quintessential “player” amongst the ranks of bands making up the 1990s grunge scene. Not only did they manifest and define the zeitgeist ...

Dudeo Perez is rocking out!

Dudeo Perez is rocking out!

Douglas Sandford

January 21, 2019

On Jan. 2, 2019, the new band Dudeo Perez put out their first album “Allons’y.” In this album, Dudeo Perez released 10 songs. With themes of “failed anti-heroes, friendly alien encounters, an all-you-can-eat sushi house, and a young boy who eats lunch by himself,” Dudeo Perez gives the...

Swinging into the new year: three ensembles show case their jazz

Robinson (left), senior Jonathan van Hyning (middle) and Matthews (right) stand for a round of applause. Studio Jazz Ensemble pianist junior India Hill (not pictured) said,

Lola Bobrow

January 20, 2019

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Opinion: Listening to music in class: helpful or a disruption?

Infographic by: Trinity Taylor

Trinity Taylor

January 16, 2019

For me, music has always been an essential part of studying. It helps me focus during long hours of homework and keeps me awake when I’m studying late into the night. During classes, it’s nearly impossible for me to stay in my seat while the teacher lectures our class on some important topic t...

Three of Ventura’s ensembles tug on the heartstrings of a filled auditorium

String Orchestra during their performance of Passacaglia from String Quartet No. 10” by Dmitri Shostakovich.

Saida Delgadillo and Tanya Turchyn

December 11, 2018

Students who all share passion for music came together Thursday night, Dec. 6, to showcase a performance by three different ensembles. The groups were taught by Paul Hunt, but while in concert, were led both by Hunt and various student conductors. [huge_it_slider id="74"] The first performance of t...

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