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MiraCosta College Music Department Receives Prestigious Awards

For the fifth year in a row, the MiraCosta Music Program has been honored by the nation’s premier jazz magazine, DownBeat, in its 42nd Annual Student Music Awards. 

Gabrielle Dodaro—Community College Outstanding Soloist (Vocal)
Arek Gralnic—Community College Outstanding Performer (Guitar)
Andrew Saliba—Graduate College Winner, Blues/Pop/Rock Soloist (Western Michigan University—MiraCosta graduate)
Maggie Robertson—High School Outstanding Vocal Soloist (Royal High School in Simi Valley—will attend MiraCosta in the fall)

“What an honor that music students from MiraCosta College have received national recognition from DownBeat magazine for five consecutive years!” responded MiraCosta College music instructor Matt Falker, “Gabrielle and Arek have been dedicated to developing their talent in as many ways as possible over the past few semesters and wholeheartedly deserve this recognition.”

DownBeat magazine was first published in 1934 and is the most prominent jazz publication in the world. Every year the magazine selects the best student bands from around the country in a number of divisions. The bands submit recordings, which are then evaluated by a panel of internationally celebrated jazz performers and educators. The recordings are anonymous and ranked by the panel based solely on musicality. 

To see the full list of this year’s winners, view the June 2019 issue at downbeat.com.