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The Pacific Wind Ensemble recorded their CD "Reminiscenses" at the famed Skywalker studio. The CD was performed, produced and marketed all by Pacific students.

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Symphonic Wind Ensemble Records At Famed Skywalker Studio

Pacific students perform, record and promote a new wind ensemble CD in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity
Apr 12, 2013

Music management students and members of the Pacific Wind Ensemble had a unique opportunity in December to record in the exclusive Skywalker Sound studios as they took on an ambitious project to produce, perform and promote an album. The production of Reminiscences involved some 60 or more Pacific students working with faculty and staff to create a truly professional, student-driven product.

"We had to work toward being able to put out a CD that showcases and exemplifies the high level of musical ability at the Pacific Conservatory," said Riley Lindsay '16, who played the tuba for the recording.

Skywalker Sound, world-renowned for its outstanding acoustics and state-of-the-art facilities, is at Skywalker Ranch, a working ranch in Marin County that is also home to Lucasfilm. Through their connections to leaders in the music industry, Pacific's dedicated Conservatory faculty were able to secure this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the approximately 55-member Symphonic Wind Ensemble Cosnervatory performance group. Skywalker staff welcomed the Pacific group with open arms and went out of their way to assist in the project.

Sound technicians at Skywalker Sound"There is no finer recording facility in the world than Skywalker Sound, not only in the quality of equipment and professionalism of its staff, but also in their genuine love for music," said Kenan "Didi" Baker '14, a saxophonist in the ensemble. "They treated us like veterans and made us feel at home."

To prepare for the December 21st recording session, students were involved in numerous rehearsals and performances on campus. They also spent a week of winter break touring the San Francisco Bay Area, performing concerts and holding clinics at various high schools.

The idea was conceived and developed by Music Management Program Director Keith Hatschek and Director of Bands Eric Hammer. The project gave students a firsthand look at the music business from start to finish, and from the inside out.

"I am so pleased we could offer this opportunity for our students. It was inspiring to attend the recording session and see our students perform at such a high level," Conservatory of Music Dean Giulio Ongaro said. "This project captures the Pacific experience perfectly-students having the chance to test their limits outside the classroom and see just how far they have progressed. The result is that students now have a new vision of what they can achieve by working together."

After the recording session, editing and mixing was completed at the Pacific Recording Studio, while staff at student-run recording label Pac Ave Records worked on marketing, sales and distribution.

"This experience is something I'm never going to forget. In 20 years I'm going be able to listen to Reminiscences and recognize that it was me performing in such a professional sounding ensemble," said flutist Jerwin Monje '15.

"This project was an exceptional learning opportunity for both students and faculty," Hatschek said. 

Watch a video about the production of "Reminiscences." 

Reminiscences is available at, iTunes, 
CD Baby,  eMusic and on campus: $15 for CD; $9.99 for download

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