Vanguard’s Department of Music to Send Out Groups for Spring Tours

Carrying the good news on musical chords, the Vanguard University’s Department of Music student ensembles will travel to various cities across the U.S. carrying the light of Christ with them this spring break.

Vanguard’s concert choir, concert orchestra and women’s chorus begin their spring tours on March 16. These tours are an opportunity for students to take the skills they have acquired from a semester of practice and use them to bless communities inside and outside California, including Nevada and Arizona. Students perform one to two concerts a day, do community events and share their hearts of service.

The jazz ensemble will have their spring tour April 25-28 at the University of Nevada, Reno to compete in the Reno Jazz Festival. The ensemble consists of 26 students.

Spring tours are a time for bonding, building relationships that will last past graduation, working as a team and “sharing about Jesus through music,” the Coordinator of Music Events and Concert Operations, Luke Baumgartner, said.  “It’s our students being a light in these communities,” he added.

The groups consist of students with a love for music from multiple majors. “It’s not often that you get a bunch of students who are willing to give up a spring break to do ministry,” Baumgartner said. “The churches just love to see our students who are just honest, raw, real people who love Jesus,” Baumgartner continued, noting student’s priority to minister rather than just put on a performance.

Traveling as one unit, 105 students, 80 from the concert choir and 25 from the concert orchestra will make their way around central and northern California. Meanwhile, the 42 students who make up the women’s chorus will perform and minister in areas of Nevada and Arizona.

To look at the spring tour schedule, click here.

Vanguard’s Lewis Wilson Institute Hosted “Hispanic Pentecostalism in the 21st Century” Event on March 1

Focusing on the theme of “Hispanic Pentecostalism in the 21st Century”, Vanguard’s Lewis Wilson Institute hosted its 4th annual Pentecostal Leaders Series at Newport Mesa Church on Friday, March 1.

Several speakers of Hispanic descent shared their knowledge, thoughts and opinions concerning the Hispanic Pentecostal movement. Speakers included the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, Dr. Jesse Miranda, Dr. Isaac Canales, Dr. Gastón Espinosa and the Rev. Fernando Tamara.

As the Director of The Jesse Miranda Center for Hispanic Leadership, Tamara partnered with Dr. Derrick Rosenior, the director of the Lewis Wilson Institute, to put on this event. It was a partnership furthering the two organizations goals: The Jesse Miranda Center’s desire to serve the Hispanic community and the Lewis Wilson Institute’s desire to increase the study of Pentecostal heritage.

Named in honor of Dr. Lewis Wilson, a former history professor and retired dean of the college, the Lewis Wilson Institute strives to “highlight Vanguard’s Pentecostal heritage and identity,” Dr. Rosenior said. Looking back on the event, Dr. Rosenior noted the good discussions during the Q&A session, and that the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez “preached a powerful message.”

Tamara detailed the entire day’s setup as a success and a great time of fellowship, acquiring knowledge and empowering Hispanics in the Pentecostal movement to take up and carry the legacy passed on to them. Having the opportunity to hear theologians speak on the topic of Hispanic Pentecostalism and to see attendees be responsive in the Q&A session “deeply enriched” the event, Tamara said.

Speakers and attendees discussed the messages within the books: The Silent Pentecostals and Silent No More. These books address the Hispanic legacy and leadership in American Pentecostalism. “Even if we don’t have leaders who can advocate for Latinos, we’re still working and we’re still here,” Tamara said in reference to all of the Latino individuals attending the conference.

Looking to the future, Tamara said he would love to see a more diverse group in attendance, including pastors from local churches outside of the Latino community.  Speaking of The Jesse Miranda Center, Tamara said: “We want to be a center that promotes racial recognition.” With this goal in mind, Tamara plans for future events to educate a wider audience.

“The event was extraordinary,” Tamara said. Attendees walked away knowing more about how Pentecostalism emerged, disseminated and spread the Gospel message.

For more information on the Lewis Wilson Institute and its events, click here.

Vanguard Student Works to Revive Veterans Post in Costa Mesa

Featured in the Orange County Register, one Vanguard University student aims to revive a dying American Legionnaire Post in Costa Mesa.

Studying full time for a degree in kinesiology at Vanguard University, and being the newly elected post commander for Costa Mesa Post 455, Gabriel Corona knows what it means to work hard. He plans to revive the declining Post 455 through inviting older veterans back and recruiting new veterans from Orange Coast College and Vanguard.

As the founder and former president of the Vanguard Student Veterans Club, Corona’s mission has always been to help veterans through leadership and providing community. Corona wants to keep veterans from falling into isolation and depression by providing a group that does more than gather for drinks and reminiscing. He wants a group that plays sports, works out, cycles, runs obstacle courses and comes alongside the community, together.

Currently, the Costa Mesa Post has a below average number of members and no building to call their own. After the Costa Mesa American Legion Hall was demolished in 1989, members have held meetings in various buildings around Costa Mesa. Today, they use the Costa Mesa Community Center, but Corona’s hope is to have a place where they can keep their doors “open constantly.”

To read the full article, click here.

Vanguard University Student Raps with Purpose

One Vanguard University sophomore grabs the mic and brings down the house, or should we say, the Kingdom?

Rapping with purpose, Bodie Wade uses his gifts to create raw, influential music for the Kingdom of Heaven.

Being highlighted in an installment of iWantJam’s ‘Artist Spotlight’ series led to an interview and article on Broadcast Newsroom’s website featuring Wade. This online music-streaming site, iWantJam, is a platform for Wade and other artists to create profiles to connect with fans and promote their music.

The article labels Wade as a part of a new style of artist, a “HipHop Hipster.” Wade hits the books and the beats. While furthering his education at Vanguard, Wade also writes lyrics, plays multiple instruments and records his music. As a sophomore, Wade is working toward a bachelor of arts in worship studies.

His first mix tape, College: The Lecture, came out in December 2012 presenting an honest, real message and clean fun. His next release will follow suit with a vulnerable account of his experience with an autoimmune disease. The March release will be one song that states: “bald is beautiful.” And the music video will feature him and friends shaving their heads.

Looking back to his roots in music, Wade described growing up in a family of musicians in the Hollywood/Los Angeles area. “I’ve always grown up in music, it’s something my family has always done,” Wade said and then added that his dad toured in a rock band for a while.

When discussing how he reached the world of rap, he said: “After going through several different styles of music, I kind of migrated to hip-hop.” Within this genre, Wade creates beats and lyrics that deliver more than just sound to the audience’s ears. They deliver a message.

Knowing the struggle many Christian artists have in the music industry, Wade said his main focus is keeping his eyes on the Lord and sharing his music with complete honesty and vulnerability. His lyrics always explore issues and ideas that directly relate with his life.

From big stages to VU’s Cove to churches, Wade has performed on many platforms. When explaining why he considers church shows best, Wade said he loves to take time to just sit and talk or read scripture while on stage. “You can minister more than just through music,” he said.

A passion for worship and ministry coupled with talent and a heart for Christ makes Wade a powerhouse of influential music. Looking to the future, Wade expressed his desire to use his Worship Arts degree to eventually become a producer and worship artist somewhere on the West Coast.

To view the Broadcast Newsroom article, click here.