Student-run concert entertains many

Diego Arreola and Diego Arreola

“Our idea was to get together and play music because we love it, and to let everyone know who we are,” stated music therapy major Autumn Van Der Linden.

The Jazz and Pop/Rock Concert amazes spectators with the performances from Cerritos College’s own musicians. The event took place, March 13 at 7 p.m. in the Student Center.

Directed by David Betancourt, the music was performed with a variety of instruments such as guitar, piano, trumpet, trombone, saxophone, and drums.

The Jazz and Pop/Rock Ensemble split up into two acts, each representing its very distinct but entertaining display of talent.

Some of the songs were performed by one of the four of the girls in the clubs, Alexa Macias, Angelyne Roman, Autumn Van Der Linden, and Adrina Salinas.

They each lead a song throughout the evening demonstrating not only their ability to sing, but also the way they synced on stage to put on a show to remember.

“It went really well, this was the first time performing and I felt the stage presence, I definitely had a good time,” said Betancourt.

The concert consisted of five songs in the beginning, followed by the Jazz Ensemble. The night ended with the performance of the Pop/Rock Ensemble.

“(It) felt soul man. It was the most fun, everyone was active and it was a good night,” Macias said.

Although it was the group’s first time performing live, the outcome at the end of the night was a positive vibe indeed. “I was really nervous. It was my first time performing in front of people,” Salinas said.

The groups performed a few songs before ending the night. It was a combination of upbeat songs and more calmed songs.

“It was really fun and gave us a chance to let loose and just have fun.” stated Roman.

The whole concert went smoothly without any problems and the crowd really seemed to enjoy all of it, with the positive vibe in the room. “I couldn’t choose a favorite piece, I loved it all and just enjoy working with the students,” said Betancourt.