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.
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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.