Hockey Plays at Coachella

Hockey -- the rising dance rock band that got its start at Redlands more than five years ago – entertained fans at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio. The annual festival attracts more than 50,000 fans each year.

Hockey was formed at Redlands seven years ago, where 2005 graduates Benjamin Grubin ’05 and Jeremy “Jerm” Reynolds ‘05 met while students at the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies. After graduation, the group added additional permanent band members and moved to Portland.

In the last few years they’ve made their way to the top, as they performed along the West Coast and eventually, their self-released album, “Mind Chaos,” caught the attention of executives at Capitol Records. They have now signed in the U.S. with Capitol Records and with Virgin Records in the United Kingdom.

The band has strong followings in Southern California, as well as in England, France and Italy – all areas festival organizers say have been well represented at previous festivals.

In the past year, Hockey has become increasingly popular in Europe, with English audiences turning out in droves for its concerts, particularly in the summer and fall.

Go to iTunesFacebook or YouTube to hear Hockey’s sound – a mix of alternative and indie music with a pop flare.

There are more than 1,700 trees on the University of Redlands campus.

In April 2010, it was designated a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. Redlands is among just three other colleges or universities in California to receive this designation.

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