The Alhambra Education Foundation (AEF), founded in 1993, is an organization of parents, teachers, and community members who are dedicated to providing enriching, educational opportunities for all students in AUSD. Our volunteer Board of Directors works to ensure that our mission of assisting in the achievement of an exceptional public education system is a reality. To date, the Foundation has donated $2.3 million to the District to ensure student excellence by supporting a variety of programs and services. This summer, led by AEF’s president Stephen Perry, K-8 students culminated a 5-week afternoon Summer Music Academy by presenting a masterful instrumental concert for parents, family, and friends. Notable attendees included Board Member Adele Andrade-Stadler, Superintendent Denise Jaramillo, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services Janet Lees, AEF Board of Director Edward Aguirre, AEF Coordinator Amy Tambara and Mark Keppel Principal John Scanlan.
Under the direction of music extraordinaire Dave Batti, AEF’s Middle School Band played the ever-popular Counting Stars by Ryan Tedder, arrangement by Longfield. Krista Giffin’s Beginning Band entertained with a variety of woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments, performing traditional arrangements by Peter Blair. With Ms. Giffin’s guidance, the Beginning and Intermediate Guitar players took the audience on a reminiscent journey with Woody Guthrie’s This Land is Your Land. The Advanced String Orchestra, lead by conductor Jim Hamilton, concentrated on advanced string pieces from Sebastian Yradier’s La Paloma and Alan Lee Silva’s Tour of California. Janet Jones’s Hear Me Sing choir of songbirds delighted the audience with Nat King Cole & Irving Mills’ whimsical song Straighten Up and Fly Right and Rogers & Hammerstein’s So Long, Farewell. Lisa Jones’ Beginning Strings also impressed, as they delivered an inspiring performance of Suzuki’s Allegro and Mozart’s Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. The Intermediate Strings, lead by the incomparable Jennifer Quan, inspired the audience with Richard Meyer’s Miniature Symphony Movements I, II, and III. The Orchestra and Band combined the musical journey by performing Doo Wah Diddy Diddy, Stairway to Heaven, and Counting Stars to a packed Mark Keppel High School auditorium.
From the smiles of the performing students to the pride and engagement of the parents, teachers, family, and friends, it is safe to say that AEF’s Summer Academy delivered once again in their mission to provide great opportunities for AUSD students.