Celebrate with music

Like father, like daughter. Since 2012, Freshman Gloria Aranda has been playing alongside her father, a trumpet player for the San Bernardino Symphony, in the Chaffey College Community Concert Band’s Winter Instrumental Concert.

Gloria started playing piano in third grade and later transitioned to playing French horn in fourth grade. A large part of Gloria’s interest in music stems from her family; her father, John Aranda, and her uncle, Patrick Aranda, both have careers in music and opened many doors for her by introducing her to their colleagues and encouraging her to play in the concert band.

“[My dad has] inspired me in so many ways, and I aspire to be like him. He’s always taught me about being able to love music just because it’s a beautiful art form that is so expressive and has so many different forms,” Gloria said. “He’s inspired me [to realize] how it impacts people’s lives and my life especially. Music is so broad that everyone can find their favorite style or genre, and my life definitely revolves around music.”

Her uncle, a music teacher at Chaffey Community College and the director of its concert band, provided her with the opportunity to participate in its annual winter concert. This year, in preparation for the Christmas concert on Dec. 5, Gloria and her father drove over 25 miles every Wednesday to Chaffey Community College in Rancho Cucamonga to practice with college students and adults.

Gloria’s long hours dedicated to music do not go unrewarded. Throughout middle school, she was the section leader for French horn and qualified for the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA) Middle School Honor Group last year.

“In general, I know more about music than most people my age, and I also take it very seriously,” Gloria said. “I think the biggest thing is that I have a really unique love for it that I believe stems from seeing my dad love it so much, too.”

Gloria’s family has also fostered a rich subculture that revolves around music and art. During Christmas, Gloria and her family gather in the living room and bond by sharing the latest indie rock bands and having family jam sessions. Later in the evening, Gloria’s father upholds a long-standing tradition of performing hymns for a midnight mass at church.

Without these traditions, Gloria says, “Christmas would not be Christmas.”

Surrounded by musical entailments, Gloria must also make sacrifices. On a countless number of occasions, Gloria remembers returning home at 11:30 on a school night, cancelling a hangouts with friends or missing dance class.

“[My family is] full of artists and creative people, and that’s something that always makes me proud,” Gloria said. “I like the thought of continuing the legacy of artists and musicians. There’s a huge possibility that I’ll go to college and study music. Even if I don’t, I’ll always play horn. It’s the one thing in my life that I know is not going to change.”

By Angela Zhang, Staff writer

Photo by Sajid Iqbal