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Whittier College
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13406 Philadelphia St.
P.O. Box 634
Whittier, CA  90608-0634
Contact: Caye Brundage Riley at (562) 907-4974 

Sept. 3, 2003           
Reference: 2003-04: 7                                        

Whittier Graduate Brings ReelGrace to the Shannon Center 

            Whittier College theatre arts and communications graduate Ramey Arnold, now known as ReelGrace, brings her eponymous band back home to the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 12.  Tickets are $10 for the general public and $8 for senior citizens and students with ID.

Born and raised in the South, Arnold spent her childhood immersed in the performing arts. In the Southern tradition, she sang in church choirs every Wednesday and twice on Sunday. When she was not singing at church or in school choirs, she could be found at the local performing arts center dancing, acting, and, of course, singing. As a child, she studied and performed with such legends as the Tulsa Ballet and gospel composer Jester Hairston.

Her family moved to California, where she graduated from Beverly Hills High School, receiving the first Performing Arts Scholarship and graduating as the top performing arts student. She then studied music and theatre at Whittier, winning numerous scholarships in theatre and vocal performance.

Since graduating from Whittier in 1997, she has continued to pursue professional work in television, film, and theatre while also working on her songwriting skills. In addition to recording with various groups of musicians and working on independent projects with others, she recently completed her first solo CD, Reelize, which includes her own compositions and vocal performance.  ReelGrace the band reflects her own musical personality, but also includes the musical influences of traditional rhythm and blues, soul, funk, and Afro-Latin flavor.

The band includes Arnold on vocals, Roberto Angelucci on lead guitar, Juan Carlos Portillo on bass, Raul Pineda on drums, Pasqualle Angelucci on percussion, Larry Wayte on keyboard and Frank Fonta on saxophone.

Tickets are available by calling the Shannon Center Box Office at (562) 907-4203.

Located 18 miles east of Los Angeles, Whittier College is an independent, four-year college offering traditional liberal arts majors and strong pre-professional programs taught in the context of the liberal arts.  Whittier Law School, which is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools, is located on a separate campus in Costa Mesa.

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