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Musicians united showcases talents through solo, group performances

by MARIAH LIN
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Musicians United will host its annual “February Showcase” Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. 

Students interested in attending the showcase can purchase tickets from any Musicians United member for $2. They can also be purchased for the same price at the door on the day of the event. 
The group of seven musicians, primarily singers, will perform various group songs including: “Four five seconds” by Rihanna, “Hooked on a Feeling” by Blue Suede, “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor and “Como la flor” by Selena.
Every group member will be doing a solo, including Alexandria Valenzuela singing “Crazy in Love” by Beyonce, Alondra Ruiz singing “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheran, Isabella Benevidas singing “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” by Tame Impala and Jordan Kunishima singing “Riptide” by Vance Joy.
“Musicians United is designed to bring together musicians who otherwise wouldn’t have an outlet to perform or collaborate with equally motivated people, and give them the opportunity to do so,” said senior Elmer Guardado.
This will be the second year that Musicians United is hosting a showcase. 
The club was started in November 2013 by Guardado. Last year the club had a showcase in May; its structure inspired the upcoming concert. Similar to last year, senior Ashton Heacock will accompany many musical numbers with acoustic guitar.
“This is my first year in the club, and I am excited in joining my new friends in this concert,” said Adrian Lozano, a senior.
According the Guardado, he initially started the club because he has always had a passion for music. He dreamed of being able to bring together individuals who shared his passion for making unique  music arrangements and performing. 
“The coolest part about this is that we get to make it up as we go,” said senior Alondra Ruiz. “We get to cater the show to what works for the group’s strengths.”
The club intends to perform at upcoming school events, and also hopes to share its music with the community. 
“What makes Musicians United unique is that it provides an opportunity [for the musicians] to explore their love for music,” said club adviser Jolene Sekijima. “Their February showcase is the product of many hours of hard work and time.”

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