Merced High, Golden Valley bands to combine for halftime show

11/06/2013 6:12 PM

11/06/2013 11:05 PM

Several firsts will take place Friday night when football rivals Merced and Golden Valley high schools meet. The game will be played at Golden Valley’s Veterans Stadium.

Golden Valley High School Band Director Michael Vasquez said both bands will combine to perform the National Anthem and for the halftime show, which features rock musician Mic Gillette, a trumpet player.

Vasquez said they want students to continue supporting performing arts in the community after they graduate from school.

Jon Schmid, Merced High School Marching 100 director, said Gillette is his friend. He said this is the first time the two high school bands have performed together. Gillette continues to perform and does music clinics at middle schools and high schools.

Gillette, 62, lives in Burlingame. A former trumpet and trombone player for Tower of Power, he also toured and recorded with the Doobie Brothers and has played with Cold Blood and the Sons of Champlin.

Gillette opened for shows by Creedence Clearwater Revival and Santana.

Entertainment Videos

Join the Discussion

Merced Sun-Star is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Terms of Service