Music professor Matthew Grasso knew since he first held a guitar that playing the instrument was something he wanted to do for the rest of his life.
Feeling creatively suffocated during his music education Grasso mediated to remove the unnecessary from his music which lead to the creation of guitars that went beyond the parameters of a regular six-string guitar.
“I think for over the past 10 years I’ve worked rather extensively on the design of these guitars, refining them [and] understanding what they’re about and I feel that this has set the tone for what I have to accomplish for the rest of my life,” say Grasso.
Photography professor Autumn Payne’s favorite subject to capture with her camera are human interest stories. She believes her natural curiosity helps tie human emotion from picture or video to her want to learn about people.
In addition to teaching photojournalism at City College, Payne is a writer and photographer for a weekly column in the Sacramento Bee called, “I CARE”, where volunteers in the community are celebrated for doing good things.
A self described introvert, Frank Gallardo believes music has layers of meanings to self expression.
Gallardo plays a variety of instruments from guitar, keyboards, to a bass he inherited from a church that nobody played. He learned how to play keyboards from taking music theory where he had to play basic chords.
Gallardo is currently taking intermediate guitar for the fourth time, refining his ability to play classical playing styles, how to read music, and how to play scales.
“It’s been a fascinating class because we do a little recital at the end of every semester,” says Gallardo. “It kind of pushes you to do your best and play well.”
Gallardo’s dream is to play in a band that plays a variety of music and continues his education in City College looking to make connections that will help him follow his dream.
Angelica Garcia is a City College student who practices Aztec dance that has been passed down from generation to generation. Garcia became interested in Aztec dance at six-years-old, introduced by her older sister as they danced in La Guadalupe in south side park.
“When I dance, I feel so much energy in me with the beat of the drum,” says Garcia.
Garcia says that dancing has taught her respect, especially for her elders, which she believes her generation is losing respect for.
“We need to be happy from where we come from, [and] who we come from.” says Garcia.
David Wyatt is a City College biology professor who specializes in Ecology, and has been studying the Ring Tail population in the Sutter Buttes for 25 years. Professor Wyatt and Rosalinda Vizina, a biology major and one of Wyatt’s research assistants, are headed out to Sutter Buttes to capture and collar a new Ring tail after they found one of their other Ring tails dead.