Centreville Little Rocky RunWinter FunPage 9JANUARY 30 - FEBRUARY 5, 201425 CENTS Newsstand PriceDebate Over SchoolBudget ContinuesPhoto Courtesy of Joe Klamar/AFP/GettyMichael League (in purple shirt, far left) and his band, Snarky Puppy, pose withtheir Grammy for Best R&B Performance.CVHS Grad Wins GrammyR&B Performance:Michael League andband Snarky Puppy.By Bonnie Hobbsometimes, good guys do finish first — andCentreville High grad Michael League andhis band Snarky Puppy are proof.SBy Janelle GermanosCentre Viewater start times, classsize, and cuts to needsbased staffing were major themes of the testimony given at the Jan. 27 publichearing on Superintendent KarenGarza’s proposed budget.Members and representatives ofSLEEP in Fairfax, Fairfax CountyFederation of Teachers, Coalitionof the Silence, and many othergroups spoke at the public hearing.Several SLEEP advocates at thehearing said that Fairfax Countyshould follow the example of otherschool systems in the area andLadjust middle and high schoolstart times, beginning in Fall 2014.Catherine Pournelle, an eighthgrader at Lake Braddock Secondary School, said most teenagersonly get around seven hours asleep per night, which leads to several problems while in school.“I know from experience thatthis then causes us all to feeldrowsy and not pay attention aswell during morning classes. Itespecially becomes hard whenhomework piles up, causing us allto get to bed later and creating aspiral of sleepiness until the weekend,” Pournelle said. “Overall itdoes not create a healthy environment for leaning.”Stuart Orloff, a 10th-grader inFairfax County Public Schools,agreed. “School is a great idea.Sure there are flaws, but it is animportant part of growing up. Theproblem is, I’m only half awake toexperience it. In class, I can hardlyfocus because I’m trying too hardto stay awake,” Orloff said.Another concern several speakSee Debate, Page 11By Janelle Germanos/Centre ViewCentre ViewBesides making music, they pass on their knowledge to young musicians worldwide. And Sunday,Jan. 26, they won a Grammy award for Best R&BPerformance.The 56th Annual Grammy Awards ceremonywas held that night at the Staples Center in LosAngeles. But earlier that day, Snarky Puppy washonored for its cover of Lalah Hathaway’s song,“Somethin’.”“We’ve made seven albums and played over1,000 shows,” said League on Tuesday. “It reallyLater start times,class size amongtopics at SchoolBoard publichearing.See Centreville High, Page 4An Interview with Michael LeaguePRSRT STDU.S. PostagePAIDwww.ConnectionNewspapers.comQ: What do you think set your song apart fromthe others in your category?A: “Well, the category is called Best R&B Performance, and our song was the only one recordedlive, with no overdubs. I think that made a hugedifference. Also, Lalah is one of the greatest singSee League, Page 4Easton, MDQ: How did it feel to win the Grammy? Didyou think you had a chance?A: “It felt unbelievably fulfilling. I use that wordbecause this band has spent almost 10 years working harder than any other band I’ve ever seen insome of the least glamorous conditions you canimagine for a touring group.To be honest, I thought our odds were very, veryslim. Besides Macklemore [and Ryan Lewis], wewere the only group in the top 60 categories onDr. Lolita Mancheno-Smoak of Coalition of theSilence speaks at the Jan. 27 public hearing on theproposed budget.PERMIT #322Fan independent record label. That makes a difference.And as the award ceremony went on, we sawthat every single act that performed live endedup winning in their category. Hiatus Kaiyote, agreat band from Australia, was in our categoryand performed right before the announcement. Iwas sure they’d win.”AttentionPostmaster:Time sensitivematerial.Requestedin home1-31-2014ollowing Snarky Puppy’s Jan. 26 Grammyvictory for Best R&B Performance, theband’s founder, Centreville High gradMichael League, responded to the following questions.Centre View January 30 - February 5, 2014 1

BusinessBusiness welcome.Natural, Organic Store Opens in Fair LakesVIP guests and the store’s “Vine Lady” joined the crowd, on Thursday, Jan. 23, for thegrand opening of Mrs. Green’s Natural Market in the Fair Lakes Shopping Center.From left are James Zambora, director, Life with Cancer of Fairfax; Rick Hoffman,regional manager, Mrs. Green’s Natural Markets; Rodney Lusk, director of nationalmarketing, Fairfax Economic Development Authority; Supervisor Pat Herrity (RSpringfield) and Jesse Hilliard, Mrs. Green’s store manager.The exterior of Mrs. Green’sNatural Market, betweenDSW Shoe Warehouse andWorld Market, in the FairLakes Shopping Center.Photos Courtesy ofMrs. Green’s Natural Market2 Centre View January 30 - February 5, 2014HomeAid Northern Virginia,which builds and renovates homelessshelters, transitional houses and otherfacilities that help homeless families andindividuals, announced that MikeCleary, vice president of productionand purchasing, Stanley Martin Homes,has won its annual Presidents’ Award.The Presidents’ Award, presented to anindividual, a company or an organization that has shown exceptionaldedication to the goal of endinghomelessness with service to HomeAidNorthern Virginia, is the organization’shighest honor.The Business and TechnologyResource Group opened its newestoffice in Chantilly, 14900 ConferenceCenter Drive, Suite 360. This office willserve as BTRG’s Oracle Practice headquarters to support their OraclePlatinum Partnership and clientsthroughout the Northern Virginia irginiaElectricCooperative’s Operation Round Upfund has helped local community members stay warm during the winter.NOVEC customers may join ORU onlineat or call the customer service center, Monday throughFriday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m., at 703-335-0500or toll-free: 1-888-335-0500. Customerswho sign up to participate by Dec. 2,2013, will be entered into a drawing forone of 10 25 VISA gift cards. Individu-als who are not NOVEC customers, butwould like to donate, may send checkspayable to NOVEC, Operation RoundUp, P.O. Box 2710, Manassas, VA20108.Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative members elected C.W. (Skip)Albrite, Jr. to serve on the NOVECboard of directors. Albrite, a self-employed businessman, will representco-op members who live in District 8,which includes southern Prince WilliamCounty, Stafford County, and FauquierCounty.CMIT Solutions is launching a newoffice in Centreville. Local resident ChrisAlbright is the president of CMIT Solutions, which offers a broad spectrum ofproactive computer maintenance, monitoring, and virtual technology packages,along with quick response services whenunexpected crises occur. For more information on CMIT Solutions of Centrevilleand the services it offers,, call 703-8817738, oremail [email protected] Plaza International Grocer has leased approximately 47,000square feet at Centreville Square II.Scheduled to open in the spring of 2014,the Asian market will join Party Depot,Sleepy’s Mattress Professionals, FiveGuys, Wells Fargo, Hair Cuttery and TheUPS Store. Lotte Plaza InternationalGrocer offers fresh produce, a variety ofhard-to-find international brands likethe popular Korean brand “Assi,” an in-See Business Notes, Page

Winter FunRoundupsCentre View Editor Steven Mauren703-778-9415 or [email protected] Charged with DWIOn Saturday, Jan. 25, police officers from the Fair Oaks District Station patrolled Fairfax County searching for drunk drivers. As a result, they charged one driver with DWI. In addition,seven summonses and 14 warnings were issued. Police also madefour criminal charges.Free Carseat InspectionsCertified technicians from the Sully District Police Station willperform free, child safety carseat inspections Thursday, Jan. 30,from 5-8:30 p.m., at the station, 4900 Stonecroft Blvd. inChantilly. No appointment is necessary. But residents should install the child safety seats themselves so technicians may properly inspect and adjust them, as needed.However, because of time constraints, only the first 35 vehicles arriving on each date will be inspected. That way, inspectors may have enough time to properly instruct the caregiver onthe correct use of the child seat. Call 703-814-7000, ext. 5140,to confirm dates and times.Photo ContributedWhat’s Next for I-66VDOT will hold a public information meeting on the next stepsto identify potential traffic improvements in the I-66 Corridor.It’s set for Thursday, Jan. 30, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., at OaktonHigh School, 2900 Sutton Road in Vienna. (If cancelled due toweather: Tuesday, Feb. 4).VDOT and the Department of Rail and Public Transportationhave identified 10 concepts to increase capacity within the I-66corridor, plus options to increase travel-mode choices, improveindividual interchanges, address spot safety needs and enhancetravel efficiency.County Transit Network StudyThe Fairfax County Department of Transportation is conducting the Countywide Transit Network Study to determine the typeof transit systems needed throughout the county over the nextseveral decades. It includes a preliminary recommendation forenhanced transit in the Dulles Suburban Center linking the future Silver Line’s Innovation Center Metrorail Station to pointsthroughout the Dulles Suburban Center and into Centreville.A meeting on this topic will be held Thursday, Feb. 6, from 79 p.m., in the Sully District Governmental Center, 4900 StonecroftBlvd. in Chantilly. There’s an open house, followed by staff presentations at 7:30 p.m. For more information or to comment,contact Clara Johnson or Tarek Bolden at 703-324-1380. Or goto ments.htm.Food Donations for WFCMWestern Fairfax Christian Ministries’ food pantry urgently needsdonations of cooking oil; sugar; flour; canned fruit, meat, tunaand greens (spinach, collards); fruit juice and cold cereal. (Alsoneeded are toothpaste, deodorant, baby wipes and shampoo).Bring all items to WFCM’S new food-pantry location, weekdays, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at 13888 Metrotech Drive, near PapaJohn’s Pizza and Kumon Learning Center, in Chantilly’s SullyPlace Shopping Center.Thrift-store needs include coats, fall and winter clothing, socksand underwear for adults and children, plus Bibles in Englishand Spanish. The store is at 13939 Metrotech Drive. In addition, Thrift Store volunteers are needed for two- to four-hourshifts Fridays, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., and Saturdays, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.How to Hire CLRC WorkersThe Centreville Labor Resource Center (CLRC) serves businesses and homeowners needing help with just about any homeremodeling or maintenance project. Call 703-543-6272 or go and click on the “How to Hire” link.Tell what kind of work, how many workers are needed and when.www.ConnectionNewspapers.comSome of the performers at last year’s Centreville High Choral Cabaret.CVHS Choral Cabaret Nearsworks very hard to make that happen.” Raffle tickets are 1. The raffle will feature about 25 prizesranging from 10- 20 each; and at the end of thenight, there’ll be a 50/50 raffle.In addition, Cabaret attendees may bid on an assortment of items in some 30, themed gift basketsavailable in a silent auction. Each choir assemblesBy Bonnie HobbsCentre View one or two baskets and the others are contributedby businesses and families.For example, the Symphonic Choir is donatingeaturing young, musical talent and homemadedesserts in a cozy, intimate atmosphere, “Death by Chocolate” (chocolate treats) and “ColorCentreville High presents its 10th annual Cho- My World” (art supplies) baskets, and the Women’sEnsemble created a “Valentine’s Day” basket. Memral Cabaret.Show time is Saturday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m., in the bers of the Men’s Ensemble are contributing a “Dayschool cafeteria. Tickets are 10 at the door and cover at the Beach” basket (featuring items needed for aday of surf and sand), and the Concert Choir crethe entertainment and refreshments.“About 22 students will be performing,” said Cho- ated “Cinemaniac” (movie-themed) and “Soundral Director Lynne Babcock. “They auditioned with Bytes” (music-themed) baskets.Bella Voce is donating a “Girls’the song they’ll sing for the CabaNight In” (things for a cozy nightret. There’s a variety of music; stuat home with friends) basket, plusdents choose pop, jazz, country,“Bella Bakery” (filled with bakingR&B, theatrical or rap songs.”supplies and accessories). Also upThe students will perform solofor bid will be several restaurantor as part of duos or trios. Andbaskets, plus wine-and-beer baseach song will be accompanied bykets.either live or recorded music.The event is a fundraiser for“The kids are so talented andCentreville’s choral program. Thethey get to do their own thing andmoney raised pays for items inbe showcased as individual singcluding sound equipment, extraers, instead of as part of a largemusic, senior scholarships, a chogroup,” said Babcock. “And thisreographer and fees for competigives them the chance to do thetions.styles of music they like best.”Babcock and then ChoralThe desserts are donated by theparents and served by the stu— Choral Director Booster President Susan Rigbyfounded the Choral Cabaret a dedents, and Babcock said theLynne Babcock cade ago, and it’s grown in popuevening is always fun with a spelarity ever since.cial ambience. “We completely“It’s fun and entertaining, and I hope the entiretransform the cafeteria into a cabaret setting withCVHS community comes out to see it,” said Babcock.decorations,” she said.There’ll also be door prizes, as well as a raffle for “There’s lots of talent in this department, and thisgift certificates and merchandise from local busi- event gives us an opportunity to show off our choirnesses. And, said Babcock, “The parent committee kids in a whole, different setting.”Event includes music,silent auction, raffleand desserts.F“There’s lots oftalent in thisdepartment, andthis event gives usan opportunity toshow off our choirkids in a whole,different setting.”Centre View January 30 - February 5, 2014 3

NewsLeague Describes Snarky Puppy’s Journeytected like the invaluable asset to our society that it is.”From Page 1ers in the world. The fact that she sang threenotes simultaneously didn’t hurt, either.”Q: Where’s your next tour, and when?A: “We head out for about 6 months [Jan.29], starting in Virginia. It will take usthrough the U.S, Canada, Eastern and Western Europe, Russia, China, Indonesia, SouthAfrica, Australia, New Zealand — lots ofplaces.”Q: How did your experience atCentreville High help lay a foundation foryour later success?A: “I can’t overemphasize the effect thatstudying music at Centreville had on me.When I joined the CVHS Jazz Band, director Dave Detwiler went above and beyondto give myself and Andrew Pangilinan (whois now in a military band in Sicily) extracurricular learning experiences.He would invite us to rehearse and perform weekly with the Georgetown University Jazz Band, and even got us on a gigperforming with the legendary DaveBrubeck Quartet at Constitution Hall. Thisnight changed my life.In my senior year, I decided to switch fromguitar to bass and played in one of the orchestras under Cheryl Cooley. I had neverplayed acoustic bass in my life and couldn’tCentreville High 2002 grad Michael League (in green shirt, in center)with some of his Snarky Puppy band music. She had me come over to herhouse before the school year began andgave me private lessons. She also gave mea bunch of books that help you learn tosight-read. It was incredible.I could share similar experiences I hadwith [Choral Director] Lynne Babcock, [guitar teacher] Bill Burke, [former Band Director] Beth Boivin and Theatre DirectorsMike Hudson and Marc Rogers. All of theseteachers went beyond the curriculum tohelp expand my love of and passion for art.I also need to show my gratitude for non-art-department teachers John O’Rourke andJudy Condon, who supported my careerthroughout my CHVS career. They had ahuge impact on me as a person and musician.I loved music before, but high school iswhen I actually became obsessed with it.This is why it breaks my heart when I seemusic programs being cut across the country. Art inspires people — not just artists,but all people — to become better humanbeings. It lifts us up. It’s not a thing to bediscarded, but rather cherished and pro-Q: Any advice to other young, aspiringmusicians?A: “Yes, loads! In fact, Snarky Puppy iswriting a book called ‘Van Days’ that looksback on this first decade of the band’s existence. A lot of the book focuses on thethings we’ve learned from falling on ourfaces, time after time.The first thing I would say — and thisisn’t just for musicians — is that hard workpays off. Consistency and perseverance willset you apart from the majority of peoplein the world. Don’t quit! Terrible bands havebecome famous simply because they keptat it. Imagine what happens if your band isgreat and it doesn’t quit.Another important thing is to learn themechanics of music. Your ability to expressyourself deepens when you have fundamental musical knowledge. It’s just a tool, notthe end result, but it’s vital.And lastly, surround yourself with musicians who inspire and challenge you.Growth is the thing that keeps music fresh.And making sure that they’re good peopleis huge. After all, in a normal day on tour,you spend only about 90 minutes performing, vs. 14 hours just being around eachother.”— Bonnie HobbsCentreville High School Graduate Wins GrammyFrom Page 1felt incredible to be on that stage with mymusical family and to share in the joy ofbeing recognized for our consistent, longterm effort.”Playing a mix of jazz, funk and worldmusic, Snarky Puppy is a Brooklyn, N.Y.based, instrumental-fusion band led byLeague, 29, an award-winning bassist, guitarist, composer, arranger and producer. Hestarted the band 10 years ago while attending the University of North Texas.It’s comprised of about 40 musicians whoplay a variety of instruments ranging fromguitars to pianos, keyboards, strings, woodwinds, percussion and brass. It’s also become a trailblazer for fellow, independentlabel artists.Snarky Puppy performs its own music allover the world and, last year, it gave nearly200 performances and workshops on fourcontinents. The group’s live DVD/CD,“GroundUP,” hit number 14 on the Billboardjazz charts and shot to number three on theiTunes jazz charts. And its new release, “WeLike it Here” — in homage to the 18 different countries the band’s toured in Europe— drops Feb. 18.In addition, Snarky Puppy functions as aproduction team and session band for otherperformers, including Justin Timberlake,Snoop Dogg and Erykah Badu. But what setsit apart from other bands is its communityoutreach and commitment to music education.Believing in nurturing young talent, whileon tour Snarky Puppy has held more than100 workshops, music clinics and masterclasses for aspiring music students. They’vedone so in the U.S. and Canada, as well asin the Netherlands, Scotland, England,France, Belgium and Germany.League’s paying forward the lessonslearned and experience received while hewas a student at Centreville High. (See Q&Asidebar with League). He graduated in2002, but he left his mark there and histeachers still remember him fondly. Andthey, too, are overjoyed at his success.“We’re all so thrilled for him,” said Choral Director Lynne Babcock. “He was andstill is an absolutely stellar human being.He’s a hard worker, a wonderful young manand a consummate musician.”League played bass with Centreville’s orchestra, jazz band and choir back-up band.He was also a four-year member of the Theater Department. “He was a great kid; weall adored him and loved working withhim,” said Babcock. “He was involved inpretty much every aspect of the