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DHS students making music on new computers

Tyler Ramos, 16, a junior at Davis High School, and Emily Baker, a 16-year-old junior, listen to music on one of the new computers donated to the DHS music department by the Davis High School Blue & White Foundation. The foundation also provided funds for licensing the industry standard in musical composition and notation software. Fred Gladdis/Enterprise photo

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From page A4 | November 14, 2012 |

The Davis High School Blue & White Foundation has donated nine computers, keyboards, monitors and interface controllers to the DHS music department. Karen Gardias, music department chairwoman, approached the foundation board for assistance, noting that the department’s current computers were old and basically nonfunctional.

In addition to procuring the hardware, the Blue & White Foundation also provided funds for licensing the newest edition of the Sibelius musical composition and notation software, to run on the new equipment.

“Once we had bought the computers from the Bargain Barn on the UC Davis campus, Dr. Gardias and district office staffers worked many hours to get the software loaded and get the new computers up and running,” said Dave Walters, foundation treasurer.

The final step was the purchase of nine interface controllers, installed with the help of Watermelon Music in Davis, which enabled DHS’ own Yamaha electronic piano keyboards to work with the new computers.

“The new equipment is now fully functional and being used by the entire DHS music department, including three classes on a daily basis, to learn music composition on the industry standard software,” Walters said. “In the past, many students have used this knowledge to go on in the commercial music business in Los Angeles and around the world.”

The foundation’s mission is to “encourage, strengthen and sustain the interaction between Davis High School and its alumni and friends, and to encourage philanthropic support” for DHS. For more information, visit www.dhsblueandwhite.org.

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