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Year-End Concert Celebrates Fine Arts At Riverbank High
The closing moment of a scene from “Puffs,” a production of the Riverbank High School Drama Department, and part of last Thursday’s “Night of the Fine Arts” concert. Held in the Fauria Gymnasium, the evening included performances by the RHS Winter Guard and the Concert Band, along with the art department. Ric McGinnis/The News

The drama department, the art department and the music department at Riverbank High School combined this past week for a “Night of Fine Arts Concert and Art Show.”


Art Class

Held last Thursday, May 19, in the Ray Fauria Memorial Gymnasium, the program featured an art show set up in the gym’s lobby, so attendees could view it on their way in. Displayed were works created by students of teacher Ashely Estaque.


Winter Guard Class

And on the inside, the school Winter Guard Class performed first.

At the conclusion of their portion, Director Joey Aguilar told the crowd about the group’s success at the Scholastic Region A Championship, where they won on April 2.

He said this year, his squad didn’t have enough members on the team to qualify for the finals, so one of them came up with the idea of recruiting several guys on campus to be part of the team. The girls didn’t require them to learn the entire routine, they just had to be present so the squad could compete.

Tucked on a table near the entrance, the 2022 Championship Trophy was displayed, along with the individual trophies. And Aguilar presented team members with awards for the school year.


Concert Band and Drama

Riverbank’s Concert Band performed next, with a “Tribute to Whitney Houston” by Michael Brown.

Then RHS Drama Teacher John Thiel introduced a group of student actors, Esther Tapia Aparicio, Joshua Vega Jr., Yvette Trejo Urista and Ethan Hernandez Canada, who performed a scene from the school’s most recent production, “Puffs.”

Following that, the band was back, accompanying Taran Narula, xylophone soloist, along with Shane Newell and Gwyn Howard on second and third mallets, respectively, with a “Serenade on a Picket Fence.”

That was followed by another selection from drama, “Clara and Mateo,” written by Lilly Davidson and performed by Giselle Vigil and Anthony White.

That was followed by the concert band, performing Symphony No. 9, ‘Finale’ from the “New World Symphony.” The program concluded with “Lady Gaga in Concert,” arranged by Sean O’Laoughlin.

Aguilar closed out the festive evening with awards for his music students.

The Riverbank High Concert Band performs its “Night of the Fine Arts” concert under the baton of Director Joey Aguilar. The show was held in the Fauria Gym on Thursday evening, May 19. Ric McGinnis/The News
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Members of the Riverbank High Winter Guard performed as the opening act of the “Night of Fine Arts” concert in the Fauria Gymnasium on Thursday, May 19. Ric McGinnis/The News