David Lawrenson

Training camp not just for athletes

Last week began the dog days of summer and grueling daily practice for the Placer Football teams. Bet you did not know that on the field beside the football team, was the Placer&rs ...

Seniors say music program sets them up to succeed

Recently I had the opportunity to speak with a few of the graduating seniors from the Placer High School Music Department.  They each had that spark of excitement in their eye ...

Death knell for Auburn concert group

Come February, after nearly two years of inactivity for lack of funds, the Auburn Community Concert Association will be no more. For most of its 68-year history, the ACCA put on f ...

Placer music teacher to receive community honor in education

Placer High music teacher David Lawrenson is no stranger to accolades. His latest, a “Friend of Education” award to be given at the State of the Community Dinner on Ma ...

Making music for Newtown

When David Lawrenson heard the news out of Newtown, Conn., he, like many of us, sat in a state of stunned disbelief. “I have been to all of those places,” Lawrenson s ...

High school arts feel budget squeeze

Some Placer High School classes may see cuts in the future as donations continue to dwindle after an ACLU lawsuit decision reiterated that schools can’t charge for an education. ...

Lawsuit decision could mean fewer funds for school’s music

An American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit decision that says students shouldn’t have to pay to participate in school activities could mean fewer opportunities for the Placer High ...

Placer music program wins big at festival

The Placer High School music program has some celebrating to do after several wins at the Heritage Festival in Anaheim earlier this month. The school’s music program walked away ...

Surprise guest attends concert

The audience at Placer’s Spring Music Concert enjoyed a surprise appearance by Ola Murchison, Placer alumnus of 1955 and member of Placer’s Hall of Fame. Besides his achieveme ...

Placer High jazzers jam

On Saturday, Feb. 12, five eager and confident students from Placer High School came to Foothill Oaks Convalescent Home to do a jam session for our dad and husband for Valentine’ ...