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If SDA was a song

SDA's annual Battle of the Bands shows how much SDA is connected by music.

By Sydney Randolph, Staff Writer

April 30, 2020

We all know that the student body of SDA is brought together by music. It brings a sense of unity to campus, and is a significant part of all of our lives. So, if SDA was a song itself, what song would it be? Senior Shawlin Tucker thinks that it should be, “Sweet Caroline [by Neil Diamond] for sure...

SDA’s quarantine tunes

What music has SDA been listening too?

By Caetano Garcia, Staff Writer

April 28, 2020

High Schoolers will always value music and often seek it to feel better or relax and just vibe to some tunes. Our very mood on a specific day can define the very genre we listen to. And considering we’ve been in quarantine for over a month now. I thought it would be interesting to explore some of ...

Mustang Musicians Take On All State

The Wind Symphony performs a forty minute piece at the William Saroyan Theatre in Fresno, CA.

By Juan Aragon, Staff Writer

April 24, 2020

On Feb. 20, the annual All State Honor Band was held once again in Fresno, CA. This is a highly prestigious convention of composers that invites student musicians from all over the state to perform a challenging set of music at the William Saroyan Theatre. The audition process requires a submission o...

20 Years Onward: “The Marshall Mathers LP”

20 Years Onward: “The Marshall Mathers LP”

By Matthew Hagan, Staff Writer

March 10, 2020

For some decades, picking a definite musical artist is very easy. The 60’s had The Beatles. The 90’s had Nirvana. Others are a bit more difficult, and one of those was the 2000’s, but if I were to pick a definitive artist of the decade who defined the era of music that would come to be, it would...

Most Influential Albums in History 

Album Cover of Abbey Road by The Beatles

By Caetano Garcia, Staff Writer

March 6, 2020

10) A Night at the Opera (1975) Queen “A Night at the Opera” will always be one of the most influential albums of it’s time. When Queen produced the album, they were essentially making an opera album, a massive risk during a time of rock and roll. The album consists of songs like “You’re m...

Porter Robinson drops his first song in several years, “Get your Wish.”

shot from the official music video of

By Joice He, Opinions Editor

January 30, 2020

Electronic dissonance, melancholy lyrics, clean melodies, and a dash of Japanese pop — chances are you’ve heard Porter Robinson’s music even if you’ve never heard his name before.  Robinson’s songs have been remixed, animated, and posted all over TikTok, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr, b...

SDA bands compete in Battle of the Bands

Senior Nina Tartibi of Chalk Talk on vocals and guitar.

By Devlin Ott, Online Editor/ Photo Editor

November 23, 2019

San Dieguito Academy students, staff, friends, and family all gathered in Venture Church last night to see annual Battle of the Bands finals. Students showcased their talents through original songs and covers, while entertaining the crowd. The top five bands of the lunch-time performances the past few weeks...

The SDA band’s unique Halloween concert was ‘A Major’ hit

Winds I and II join together to perform a Phantom of the Opera Medley on Day 1.

By Victoria Lee, CAF Editor

November 14, 2019

The two nights preceding Halloween this year were filled with music produced by our SDA band in their annual fall concert. While traditionally the band has played their fall program in a one-night show inside the gym, Band Director Jeremy Wuertz said he wanted to try something new this year, “In order to a...

Wind Ensembles take on John William’s classics

Seniors stand to be recognized for their honor cords.

By Alexis Price, Online Sports Editor

May 23, 2019

Nostalgic melodies and excerpts from the classic soundtracks of John William’s movies filled the gym on Wednesday as the San Dieguito Academy Wind Ensembles ended their last concert of the year playing these warming pieces. Throughout the night, band students were awarded with a variety of honors - from...

Get into the Winter spirit with our chilly playlist

A playlist centered around the bittersweet feeling the holidays brings.

By Katie Pruden, Staff Writer

December 3, 2018

We have tried to make the most diverse Winter playlist we can with the season approaching. No, December 1st doesn’t mean that it’s now Winter, but it’s close enough. So here is Winter playlist that isn’t just mix of the typical Christmas songs.   Please Come Home for Christmas- The Eagles ...