Del Mar College’s Sound Engineering Program got a chance to let students practice their skills at the annual Día de los Muertos festival Oct. 29. The students ran the sound for the Funky Rockin’ Soul stage on Mesquite Street next to La Retama Park.
“There’s nothing like hands-on experience,” said Josh de Leon, one of the many sound engineering students who participated in the event. “A festival is a perfect way for all of us to run sound and trade out different jobs. Without this opportunity we wouldn’t be able to practice our skills that we learned in class.”
Andrew Gonzalez, a Del Mar alumnus from 2012, discussed the importance of why the students need to go out and use their skills.
“A real-world application is what they need in order to succeed,” Gonzalez said. “You can only learn so much in the classroom setting. When you are out doing live shows you have to be prepared to adapt to any situation because sometimes things will not go as planned.”
De Leon learned from experience that not every set goes according to plan.
“There’s a lot of things that happen unexpectedly that you can’t really practice for, but you get through them and learn from them and keep on going,” he said.