Hart High plays host to the David Fernandez Songwriter Salute Series

by Oscar Rogel, Staff Writer 622 views0

The David Fernandez Songwriter Salute Series began in 2007 in Fernandez’s backyard with the intent to highlight singer-songwriters that he admired.

With the help of his Worship Band at church, some of his musician friends began one of seven salutes for this event beginning from Bob Dylan to the most recent salute event of Elton John.

In July of 2008 Fernandez passed away due to a sudden heart attack leaving close friend Matt Lincoln and many other friends continuing on his event that he started.

“That’s what Dave inspired in us is the desire to know more about these artist and to really develop an appreciation through playing music and performing it,”¬†said Matt Lincoln organizer of this event.

“To me Dave is here in spirit and we celebrate his memory and honor him as we continue to do this event and continue to do work here in the community,” said musician Phil Hyland.

The David Fernandez Songwriter Salute Series also supports many local charities and groups including on this day the Hart High School cheer team and the Bridge To Home shelter.

To learn more how to donate to Bridge To Home visit www.btohome.com

Oscar Rogel, Staff Writer

Born and raised in city of Santa Clarita, Oscar Rogel is a full time student at College Of The Canyons, and has a full time job. Oscar is on his way to being the first in his family to earn his AA degree. He is currently enrolled in the MEA 225 class to continue to improve his skills in all areas to one day work for a Television News or Radio Station. Oscar has some nice experience when it comes to being in front of crowd or being asked to get a job done. From 2004 to 2010 Oscar served in United States Marines Corps where he was a Motarman for his Marine reserve unit and in 2009 deployed overseas to Iraq. In between that time frame Oscar also continued to take classes at C.O.C. and discovering a passion for music learning how to play guitar and bass and being part of a few bands along the way playing a couple of live shows. He has had experience with doing some work with SCVTV and interning at KHTS radio. In the end Oscar Rogel brings discipline, patience, a hard work ethic, and a eagerness to learn more to improve his skills.

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