Commercial Music makes a rumble through festival


Strumming into Brahmapalooza, Diamond Bar High School’s Commercial music bands rock out at their annual music festival.
On May 6, bands Brown Eyes, The Crazy Diamonds, 1/5, Tropical Apes, Supernova, ¿When Did This Happen?, Lunchboxers, Psychedelia, Jaywalkers, Mr. Weathermen, and The Bellies showcased their musical talents in the DBHS amphitheater.

In previous years, Brahmapalooza was similar to Commercial Music’s lunch performances, but this year they decided to turn it into more of a festival. The participating bands split the event into different committees, including event management, tickets, advertising, outreach and tech.

“The festival turned out much better than any of us had anticipated. We started the process very ambitious, wanting to make it better than what it was in previous years,” sophomore Zayd Meneses said. “I was happy to see the turnout and the clubs that came to hold booths. We also had two stages this year for ease of switching bands. After the first two bands, I felt the mood settle in, and people filled in the grass of the amphitheater.”

Their tech team worked to put in the extra effort to make the festival more entertaining. The Brahmapalooza tech committee and DBHS Stageworks brought out effects for the band, as a part of the tech team.

“Some highlights of the festival was how the staging worked out. I also really like how our tech team brought out bubble and steam machines,” sophomore Livia Tan said.

Multiple clubs, such as the Comics for Causes and Leo Club, brought their services to add to the events. Leo Club sold flowers—roses and baby’s breath—and Comics for Causes offered portraits and paintings.

“I was also really happy with the clubs we were able to bring to the event,” Tan said. “Overall, I was really proud with how the event turned out because it was entirely organized by us as the students.”

The band members had to balance numerous rehearsals while maintaining their academic performances. Running on a tight schedule, the musicians pulled through for the event.

“We had to balance event planning and rehearsals all within class periods,” Meneses said, “I’m running back and forth from Commercial Music and wind ensemble, especially with ‘Frozen’ in the middle of it, as I had to also play guitar for ‘Frozen’ at the same time. Since some bands are scattered between periods, I have to be flexible when needed to rehearse in any of those morning periods.”

Ryan Jarvis, the Commercial Music advisor, supported his group’s members in their music and worked with them to bring Brahmapalooza to life, inspiring many to share their passion for music.

“I was inspired to join Commercial Music since freshman year by my brother,” Meneses said. “He’s graduated, but many alumni from the program still come to our shows and are amazed with what the program has become. I’d like to think this is thanks to our wonderful new teacher Mr. Jarvis and also in part to the students helping push the program.”

Jarvis oversaw the production and advised the numerous bands. He provided guidance to them and made sure their vision was achieved.

“Brahmapalooza marked the culmination of my first year teaching commercial music at Diamond Bar High School, and it played a crucial role in shaping the program’s future,” Jarvis said. “While we encountered some challenges along the way, the first iteration of the new Brahmapalooza exceeded my expectations, and I am confident that it will serve as a solid foundation for the growth of our music festival in the years to come.”

The Brahmapalooza bands accomplished the goal of finishing the year off strong, making the seniors of Commercial Music have a memorial last year and exceeding everyone’s expectations.

“Overall, I think Brahmapalooza was a success,” Meneses said. “It was a great experience, and I’m so glad to have had played my part.”