Former Mark Keppel students return in “Lets Fly Peter Pan to Scotland Alumni Benefit Concert”

The band members of Mugen performing. From left to right: Caleb Buchanan, Gio Jimenez, and former MKHS student Matthew Gamboa. THE AZTEC/DARWIN TSE
The band members of Mugen performing. From left to right: Caleb Buchanan, Gio Jimenez, and former MKHS student Matthew Gamboa. THE AZTEC/DARWIN TSE

Mark Keppel hosted the Let’s Fly Peter Pan to Scotland Alumni Benefit Concert on Friday, March 13. Mark Keppel Alumni Scott Kelley, Glen Hirami, and Eric Romero returned with their rock and roll band, “Indiana Solo”, while former Mark Keppel student and guitar player Matthew Gamboa returned with his progressive rock band, “Mugen.” Mugen performed multiple original songs and Indiana Solo performed classic rock hits such as Queen’s “We Will Rock You” and “Grand Illusion” by Styx. Proceeds from the concert will go toward’s the Drama program’s trip to Scotland in August 2015.

“This year, we really needed to raise some extra money for Scotland,” said Dr. Bartlett. “So I thought, well, maybe some of our alumni bands would wanna come and contribute.”

Matthew Gamboa attended Mark Keppel from 2011-2013 before attending Grand Arts High School in Downtown LA. His band, Mugen, was formed a little more than a year ago.  When asked how far he was planning to pursue music, Gamboa remained optimistic in going on tour.

“Hopefully I can go tour,” said Gamboa. “But the goal is to get a PhD and music degree in commercial performance.”

Indiana Solo members, Scott Kelley, Glen Hirami, and Eric Romero all graduated from Keppel in 1986. The group met Gabriel Alfaro 10 years ago at a swap meet concert. Kelley, who was a member of band, helped found the Pat Kelley Award, a yearly scholarship given to a band student for outstanding achievement.

“My mom was really active with the band boosters,” said Kelley. “After my mom passed away in 2011, we wanted to make a scholarship in her name for the band.”

Video from the concert can be found below. While audience turnout was not at as high as other performances, Dr. Bartlett was still appreciative for the aid the alumni have provided.

“I’m just so grateful that our alums still support the school and help us out,” said Dr. Bartlett.

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