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An ode to dedication

Santa Maria High School senior and trumpeter Patrick Del Real earns an honorable distinction


Playing in an ensemble band, such as the Santa Maria High School Saint’s Band or Jazz Band, is no easy task. Only diligent study will adequately prepare a musician for the many facets of concentration necessary when the conductor steps up to lead. One Santa Maria High School senior has impressed not just his fellow classmates and teacher, but the San Luis Obispo County High School Honor Jazz Band.

Santa Maria High School music student Patrick Del Real will be playing trumpet in the San Luis Obispo County High school Honor Jazz Band for the March 23 concert at Cuesta College.

Patrick Del Real, a student at Santa Maria High, was the only student from the school to audition for the SLO County Honor Band, his teacher Ulises Valdivia explained.

“He had practiced a lot, I had helped him a little bit, and he went up there and auditioned and made it,” Valdivia explained.

Del Real’s dedication to study and practice helped him land the audition, and also makes him Valdivia’s example student.

“I teach the kids how there are four important things in our program—effort, dedication, responsibility, and respect—and he fulfills all four of them every day,” Valdivia said.

Del Real first got involved with band at Fesler Junior High, Valdivia explained, and has been in the band program at Santa Maria High for all four years of his education, joining the Jazz Band for two years, including this year. But this year also marked the first time he made the SLO County Honor Band audition.

“It’s really great to make the band for the first time; it feels good,” Del Real said in a statement from the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District.

The amount of work and dedication Del Real puts into his music studies is accommodated at home by his parents, Valdivia explained.

“Patrick’s parents are always there for any performance he has,” Valdivia said. “I really value that his parents are so supportive; I really believe that is why Patrick is so successful.”

“He’s inspired me, and I am very honored to be his mom,” Patricia Del Real said in the district’s statement. “Music has sure proven to be a great way for him to become more social and have something in common with others.”

Del Real has been having a pretty good senior year. Other than being accepted in the honor band, he was voted homecoming king by his fellow students.

“There is a lot of respect for Patrick, especially in the band,” Valdivia said. “That is what I try to create here, a place with respect, and it’s a great group of kids.”

Though he may not have any fellow Santa Maria High students to talk to while rehearsing and performing with the SLO County Honor Jazz Band, he will be joined by several other students from the same district. Pioneer Valley High School placed six students in the Honor Band for the first time: Jose Lopez, Diego Peinado, Arnulfo Castaneda, Mario Caballero, Bryce Garcia, and Ryan Caldwell.

The Santa Maria-area students will be representing Santa Barbara County in the SLO County Honor Jazz Band for the big performance on March 23 at 7:30 p.m. at Cuesta College’s Cultural Performing Arts Center off of Highway 1 in SLO. The Santa Maria High School Saints and Jazz Band will be offering their “Spring Concert” fundraiser event on April 25 in the Ethel Pope Auditorium at the high school.

Live at Lucia’s

Lucia’s Wine Co. offers an open mic featuring wine, poetry, and live music on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. at the tasting room, 126 East Clark Ave., Orcutt. More info: 332-3080.

Relaxing jams

The Addamo Tasting Room and Bistro present “Wine Down Wednesdays” featuring live music on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Addamo Tasting Room and Bistro, 400 E. Clark, Old Orcutt. Free. More info: 937-6400 or

Song crafter

Natalie Gelman will be performing her original music on March 23 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fess Parker Winery and Vineyard, 6200 Foxen Canyon Road, Los Olivos. Cost is $10 or $25. More info: 1-866-354-9463 or

Jammin’ at the Chumash

The Chumash Casino and Resort presents live music by Los Huracanes Del Norte on March 21 with both concerts at 8 p.m. at the resort, 3400 E. Highway 246, Santa Ynez. More info: 1-800-CHUMASH or

Late-night tunes

O’Sullivan’s Pub features an open mic night for musicians and poets accompanied by a live musician on March 26 starting at 8 p.m. at O’Sullivan’s Pub, 633 E. Main St., Santa Maria. More info: 925-0658 or

Maverick music

The Maverick Saloon offers live entertainment, including live country by Teddy Spanke and the Tex Pistols on March 22 at 8:45 p.m., followed by “Late Night with guest DJs” at 11:30 p.m. “Concert on the Deck” featuring Billy Foppiano is March 23 at 3 p.m. Teddy Spanke and the Tex Pistols perform live on March 23 at 8:45 p.m., followed by “Late Night with guest DJs” at 11:30 p.m. at the saloon, 3687 Sagunto St., Santa Ynez. More info: 686-4785 or

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