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Diamond Bar High Commercial Music Program Rocks

By Kelli Gile, WVUSD Office of Community Resources
 
Diamond Bar High ROP teacher Daryl Hernandez is dedicated to helping guide his students toward careers in the professional music industry.

The Commercial Music Program, now in its 4th year, serves students who are singer/songwriters, instrumentalists, producers, recording engineers, disc jockeys, and electronic dance music composers.

“It gives them a chance to practice their craft every day and develop their personal style and discipline,” Hernandez said.

The rocker teens are exposed to modern, mainstream, and pop classics, and present specialized concerts several times a year.

Most recently, the student musicians performed during “That 80’s Show” with over 20 chart-topping songs including Sweet Dreams – Eurythmics, Don’t You Forget About Me– Simple Minds, and One Way or Another – Blondie.

Junior Cheyenne Fox is very involved in Commercial Music and plays double bass in the symphony orchestra.

She’s been a member of several bands and received a coveted invite to last summer’s Grammy Camp where students from around the country meet with industry professionals, guest artists, and record original music.

It’s no surprise that she already has her sights set on a career in the music industry.

“Music is a huge part of my life and I can’t wait to see where it takes me!” Fox said.