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Adele performs live in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2016.

Adele says “Hello” with iconic comeback

Melody Mulugeta, Staff Writer November 18, 2021

Whether you’re a rap fanatic, ’80s rock lover, or a heavy metal listener, Adele is most likely sitting somewhere in your playlists.  Adele has been gone from the industry for too long. But we are...

Sing for All to Hear

Sammy Minoza, Guest Writer February 3, 2021

It’s not often that an artist is given the opportunity to present a masterpiece. We are only ever given one magnum opus, only one climax that defines their narrative; and to have the rare privilege...

Keep One Eye Open

Sammy Minioza, Guest Writer December 16, 2020

Fear: one of the most primal and visceral emotions of the human mind. Yet compared to all other emotions, it seems so rarely explored in music. Often set aside to the underground, or buried in avant-garde...

The Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra is pictured above during its 2019 concert tour of China after its performance in Beijings Xian Concert Hall.

Youth orchestras continue to rehearse over Zoom calls

Annika Seo, Staff Writer May 23, 2020

Unprecedented times call for unprecedented actions and changes.  During this lonely, isolated period of global quarantine and lockdown, people have found new ways to interact, connect, and feel...

Music artists bounce back with virtual concerts

Michelle Nguyen, Features Editor May 23, 2020

The year 2020 was truly the one where music events were basically lined up back to back. This was the year that the music industry was going to thrive. Unfortunately, Miss 'Rona decided to go on a world...

The Weeknd’s ‘After Hours’ is another hit

Abhyudaya Srivastava, Staff Writer March 20, 2020

Two new platinum certified hits, another hit single, and a new album and tour. What more could fans want? Abel Tesfaye, known by his stage name The Weeknd, has been spoiling his fans recently, and released...

Ready, set, mosh!

Kristen Choi, Staff Writer May 29, 2019

Summertime ushers in new opportunities for students to have fun and relax. Here’s a of a few of the hotly anticipated concerts swinging through the Bay Area this summer. 1. Billie Eilish – ...

Above, Cal Band director Kent Johnson instructs wind ensemble before their sight reading session.  Below, an alto sax soloist from Pittsburg High’s freshman Jazz Band performs. Schools throughout Northern California attended the festival.

Banding together

Christine Oh, Co Editor-in-Chief May 2, 2019

Cal High hosted schools from all over Northern California on April 13 for the NCBA spring festival.  The festival at Cal was one of three festivals that the Northern California Band Association...

Band director Kent Johnson has taught at Cal High for the past 15 years.

Band director takes his final bow

Siddhant Gupta, Managing Editor May 2, 2019

 leading Cal High’s music program to regional dominance, marching band and music instructor Kent Johnson will be departing next month. Johnson said the move is the result of his spouse’s company...

Students are tested on music theory and musical ability during the Certificate of Merit test, which goes up to levels 10 or 11.

When music mixes with merit

Sierra Randel, Staff Writer March 26, 2019

Playing a musical instrument is difficult enough. But the many Cal students who take the Certificate of Merit test go above and beyond to demonstrate their musical skills. Certificate of Merit, or...

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