After graduating from the University of Southern California’s prestigious Thornton School of Music, violinist and composer Matt McBane ’97 found himself back in his hometown of Carlsbad, California, looking for a way to gather together local musician friends to jam. A quick visit to the Carlsbad Arts Office for logistical guidance resulted in a $2,000 grant to fund the first ever Carlsbad Music Festival. Now entering its 15th year, the festival has evolved from a handful of concerts on its initial weekend in 2004 to about 50, most of which are free to all attendees. Billed as “Adventurous Music by the Beach,” the three-day festival is held each year in late August.
On any given weeknight at 6 p.m., in a house three blocks from the University of California, Los Angeles campus, it’s not unusual to find a professor, a media technologist, a preschooler and a toddler engrossed in a dance party with the Moana soundtrack on loop. The dress code: PJs. The vibe: Silly. Spontaneous. Happy.
On any given game day, Armando Yee ’08 arrives at the FOX Deportes Studios by 3:30 a.m. The soccer games he directs for broadcast in Spanish across the United States and the Western Hemisphere are played almost exclusively in Europe. So when England’s FA Cup, Germany’s Bundesliga and the UEFA Champions League games are held during the late afternoon or early evening on the other continent, Yee gets up in Los Angeles before dawn.
Kerith Michelson Overstreet ’90 celebrates the 10th anniversary of her winery, Bruliam Wines, in Sonoma County. A boutique winery with only one full-time employee—Overstreet, herself— Bruliam Wines has grown from producing a single barrel to 1,000 cases a year. Overstreet’s pinot noirs can be found in nearly 100 restaurants and several retail outlets in California, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, New York and Texas. Named after her children, Bruliam Wines incorporates the first two or three letters of each of their names: Bruno, Lily and Amelia.
Hats off to the 122 graduates of the class of 2018 who were honored during the 54th Commencement ceremony on Friday, June 1 in the Amphitheater. Collectively, they received more than 610 college acceptances and will embark to nearly 70 different colleges and universities, including two internationally. This year marks the 51st lifer class, and we are proud to have 21 lifers from the class of 2018. Our lifers have called LJCDS home for 13 or more years.