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Graduate student Cameron Gottfried started the first eight games for California State University, Northridge. The guard, who played one year for Gulf Shores High, had 10 points, eight rebounds and six assists against Pepperdine. -- Gulf Coast News - AL

Ramona Bowl presents new Alessandro in Christmas Parade

Santana comes to the role of Alessandro with a performing background that is in many ways as multidimensional and contrasted as the tale of "Ramona." Having received a bachelor's degree from California State University Northridge in music industry studies with an emphasis in classical guitar, Santana was awarded "Most Outstanding Student" for his vocal work as a soloist with the university choir. After graduation, Santana embraced his love of music, with a charismatic stage presence and love of performing, his band Holy Grail was signed to Prosthetic Records. For close to two decades, his unmatched guitar skills, vocal ability and love of writing complex, anthemic lyrics helped propel Holy Grail to become one of the most popular heavy metal bands in Southern California, earning them such accolades as 2016 "Best Metal Act" in Los Angeles by the LA Weekly and nominated for the Metal Hammer Golden Gods' Best New Artist Award. Holy Grail's song "Fight to Kill" was featured in the video game Rock Band for XBox. Santana's reputation as a performer, writer and virtuoso eventually landed him as a permanent member of the band Huntress in addition to Holy Grail. -- Valley News

805 Brass in Concert

805 Brass is the third iteration of brass quintets started by Scott Weiss about 30 years ago. The musicians are Jim Labertew and Scott Weiss on trumpet, Randy Caplan and Richard Bunter on saxophone, and Stephen Hughes on Trombone. All of the musicians have studied music at the university level. Jim, Randy, and Richard all studied music at Cal State Northridge. 4 of the 5 members of 805 are members of the Ojai Pops Orchestra. -- Ventura County Reporter

Things to do in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, Nov. 30-Dec. 7

Nochebuena – Christmas Eve in Mexico: Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles and Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuellar, 3 and 8 p.m. Dec. 8. Tickets $34-$79. The Soraya at Cal State Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St. 818-677-3000. thesoraya.org -- Los Angeles Daily News

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