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April 14, 2010 > Hookslide returns to Mission San Jose High School

Hookslide returns to Mission San Jose High School

By Praveena Raman
Photos By Venkat Raman

On April 16, Hookslide, the San Francisco a cappella vocal band, will be doing their annual fundraiser concert for the Universal Performers. The concert will start at 8:00 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Mission San Jose High School (MSJHS), Fremont. Mission San Jose High School's Musical Theatre Vocal Workshop and the Chorale groups will be opening for Hookslide that evening. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m.

The group consisting of four singers, Paul (Bud) Anderson (tenor), Mayank Thanawala (tenor), Jon Pilat (Bass/Beatboxer) and George Hoffman (Baritone/counter tenor) have performed in over 200 events all over the country such as America Sings festival, Fleet Week in San Francisco, San Francisco Giants, and Amgen International. Their most recent concert was the A Cappella Revolution, on March 6 in San Francisco. MSJHS students and parents who attended the first MSJHS concert last year have become ardent fans of the band. Hookslide's Mayank Thanawala garnered a very special place in the hearts of Missioners as an MSJHS and Universal Performer Alumnus.

After the concert in October 2008, Mayank made a special effort to attend the Chorale Concert, the fall play, Comedy of Errors, and most recently he was seen at the showing of Oklahoma! When asked how he felt sitting in the audience at the very stage on which he had once acted and sung, he says, "Watching the plays definitely brought back a lot of memories from when I was a Universal Performer at Mission. In general I tend to remember high school as a difficult time, especially socially and in terms of self-confidence, as it tends to be for most people. But being back in the Little Theatre and seeing the students performing so confidently and having so much fun reminds me that that was a huge part of my high school experience as well. It's helped me remember the good parts of high school." The Oklahoma! cast was very excited to have Mayank attend one of their shows and were delighted to pose for photographs with him.

The band has had many interesting and different experiences as a group, from performances at fairs and festivals to private events, sporting events and promoted shows. School shows have become very important to them as they find fulfillment when able to encourage kids to keep singing, introduce students to what be a different style of song and teach them some of what they have learned along the way.

Mayank mentions, "One of the lessons that we love to teach is how we can be a professional group but still each have professions in different fields. None of us majored in music, and each of us has a career outside our music that is much more than 'a day job' - we're as passionate about our work in technical fields as we are about our music. It's possible, and important, to have a balance between career, hobbies, personal relationships, and everything else."

Hookslide in concert
Friday, April 16
8 p.m.
MSJHS Little Theater
41717 Palm Ave., Fremont
(510) 668-6077

General Admission - $10
Seniors/students 12 and under and UP members - $8

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