The League, local rock band, jams at Ohlone College - Article, Office of College Advancement
Tuesday, April 2, 2013—Reprinted from Tri-City Voice.
Submitted by Ohlone College.
Fusing the worlds of popular and classical music, The League, originally a band of four, collaborates with a handful of exceptional students from the Ohlone College music department and two very musical faculty members, will appear for "Vampires, Ghosts, Wolves, & Rabbits: A Rock Revival" at Ohlone College this Tuesday, April 9. The "Expanded Edition" of The League will perform original compositions with vocals and a mix of keyboard, guitar, bass, drums, and horns.
Playing together on and off for over 30 years The League consists of four original band members, Michael Gould, Peter Harris, Mark Von Lehr, and Ohlone College professor Jim McManus. The core members have extensive musical backgrounds performing with numerous local bands. McManus opened for the Jerry Garcia Band and played at the Concord Pavilion. Peter Harris, dubbed the "new guy," has been with the band since 2007 as a vocalist and keyboardist. He played with the Jerry Garcia Band and has done gigs at the House of Blues. Drummer Mark Von Lehr performed with Django Obscura, the Webs, and the Promised Land. Von Lehr also collaborates on songwriting and sings the high harmonies in the group. Mike Gould, like Peter, is an accomplished songwriter, collaborating with Tom Lehr among others.
The group formed because they were "seduced and enchanted by the power of music" and enjoys playing improvisational rock. As songwriters, in addition to being musicians, being part of a band provides them a platform to perform their original tunes.
Although the group has played together for a very long time, they enjoy inviting new musicians for a jam session. For "Rock Revival," Ohlone College professors Jeff O'Connell and Tim Roberts, as well as Ohlone students Francisco Hernandez, Robin Hettrich, Thomas Narveson, Katie Scarlett, and Jasper Tran are joining the band.
"We picked shrewdly and got some of the absolute best talent from the current Ohlone students. Francisco, Robin and Kate sing great; Francisco is also a fine guitarist; and Thomas and Jasper are solid and dependable horn players," comments McManus.
The League, Expanded Edition will perform a creative selection of original songs including "Little Rabbits" and "Vanilla Blues," which reflect life experiences, and others, like "Wolf," which are inspired by stories and fictional characters. In addition, they will include improvisational bits during their performance.
Enjoy the unique performance by The League "Expanded Edition." For tickets and more information, call (510) 659-6031 or visit www.smithcenter.com. The event is partially sponsored by the Associated Students of Ohlone College (ASOC).
- Vampires, Ghosts, Wolves & Rabbits: A Rock Revival
- Friday, April 5
- 8 p.m.
- Smith Center at Ohlone College
43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont
- (510) 659-6031
- Adults $15; Students $10
- Event Parking $2