Musician writes jazz for downtown gig
by Anumita Kaur / For the Tracy Press
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Randy McMillan, a vibraphone player and Monte Vista Middle School music teacher, will perform with his Barcode Jazz Quartet on Friday, June 14, at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts.  Courtesy photo
Randy McMillan, a vibraphone player and Monte Vista Middle School music teacher, will perform with his Barcode Jazz Quartet on Friday, June 14, at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts. Courtesy photo
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Whether playing at nearby wineries or at the Grand Theatre, Monte Vista Middle School music teacher and jazz musician Randy McMillan just loves to perform.

Forming his band, the Barcode Jazz Quartet, just this year, the teacher will join band mates Ken Cefalo and Marc Guite, both of Tracy, and Brian Clark, of Stockton, to play in the monthly jazz concert series at the Grand Theatre Center for Arts on Friday, June 14.

McMillan has performed in many local shows and is entering his fifth concert with the quartet.

“It’s something I’ve always like to do,” he said. “I have no aspirations to become famous. I just love to play.”

McMillan said the concert Friday is special because it features his original compositions. He tries to capture different emotions and turn them into sound.

McMillan plays the vibraphone, Cefalo plays the guitar, Guite is on the drums and Clark strums the bass.

Jazz has always been McMillan’s favorite style, though he admits there’s only a “small group of people into jazz.”

The band plays anywhere that hosts live music, said McMillan, who has found time to play throughout his 13-year teaching career. He has played the vibraphone for more than 10 years.

“If people want to come hear it, then I want to come play it,” he said.

Doors open to the Grand Theatre, 715 Central Ave., at 8 p.m., and tickets are $8 at the door.

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