Release the music inside: the key to finding a more musical education

For those who are newcomers or who just want to pick up their old band instrument again,
SCC’s music department doesn’t discriminate against major. Of the many ensembles that free
for anyone to audition for, below are three groups worth checking out.

Funk n’ Groove
“I enjoy this class because I’m high energy and like funk,” Brenna Kamppi said, “We’re like a
little funk family.”
Kamppi plays saxophone and flute with the 14­piece Shoreline variety band, Funk n’ Groove, a
group which focuses on a range of popular radio hits from classic to contemporary.
The band is informal and playful between sets, but demands a powerful presence when they’re
in session.
Spencer Compau, the group’s audio engineer, said this is his favorite class.
“This is the only thing I look forward to at school – I get to listen to 2 hours of live music,” said
Compau.
Funk n’ Groove is directed by professional saxophonist Jeff Kashiwa, who has been involved
with the internationally­known contemporary jazz group, the Rippingtons.
[email protected]

Percussion Ensemble
Every monday evening in the basement of the music building, 6 students show up and start
hitting things.
Percussion ensemble is a part of the SCC small ensembles program, which are open to anyone
regardless of skill level. As the name suggests, this class is a self­contained percussion class
designed for students who want a time and place to develop those skills.
“People come in, they play, they smash stuff,” said Ian Sun.
Sun is a music major who focuses on jazz, but is taking this class to work on his classical
percussion skills.
“I love this class, I get to play what I like,” said Sun.
The class is taught by Don Dieterich, a freelance percussionist since 1984 who has played with
a diverse range of professional musical acts.
[email protected]

Shoreline Singers
Singers is a select choir currently made up of 12 advanced students who are looking for more of
a challenge than the beginner­level Chamber Chorale.
Matthew Shreve, a tenor, is currently working on two music degrees – a direct transfer and an
Associate in Music (AM) for classical voice.
“It’s really good music training,” Shreve said. “Especially ear training since we don’t use a
piano.”
Scott Anders sings bass and although his normal focus is on piano performance this is his first
quarter with the singers, which he hopes will improve his musicianship.
“I enjoy the moments you get when singing in a group and you feel like one voice,” Anders said.
The professor, Dr. Fred Lokken, has been a conductor for college, community and church choirs
for the past 20 years and is also the director of the Bellevue Chamber Chorus.
[email protected]

For general inquiries about joining any of the Ensembles, contact Doug Reid by email at
[email protected] or by phone at (206) 546­4759

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