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By Christy Kruhm and Christy Kruhm,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 22, 1995
For the better part of the school year, the band members of the South Carroll High School Marching Cavaliers spend their time practicing instruments and routines, performing in competitions and participating in fund-raising activities. But when the holiday season approaches, their thoughts turn to helping out the less fortunate in our community.For several years, the students have been adopting two families from the Carroll County area and providing them with traditional meals for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | October 26, 2013
Drums and xylophones were lined up along with buses in the parking lots of Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium on Saturday as high school marching bands from around the region gathered to show off what they had been practicing for months. Students from nine states competed in Music for All's Bands of America Regional Championship. The Lassiter High School marching band from Marietta, Ga., won the competition and will participate in a national championship at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, where the NFL Colts play.
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FEATURES
By Chicago Tribune | June 20, 1991
In 1989, "Appetite for Destruction" wasn't just the title of Guns N' Roses' No. 1 album. It was turning into a self-fulfilling prophecy.While the band opened a series of outdoor shows that year in Los Angeles for the Rolling Stones, singer W. Axl Rose chastised his fellow band members for abusing drugs and announced on stage that if they didn't clean up their act, the band would break up.Last night, when the Los Angeles bad boys were scheduled to take the...
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | October 17, 2013
Allyson Luo took up clarinet because the instrument was shiny and "looked nice. " David Flyr began playing the French horn because his mother said it might be a path to scholarships. At some point, both River Hill High School seniors discovered they were on to something; through those instruments, their talents shined. Now both have been recognized among some of the best school musicians in the state and nation. Luo and Flyr were among 670 students nationwide to be named to the National Association for Music Education's All-National Honor Ensemble, which will perform at the organization's conference in Nashville, Tenn., on Oct. 30. Luo and Flyr were among four Howard County band members selected for the ensemble.
NEWS
By MICHELLE HOFFMAN | June 17, 1993
A snare drum explodes, releasing a musical staff. A variety of musical instruments and musical notes dot its lines. The staff circles the Earth, then shoots into a deep blue space.Music is the universal language for band members at Northwest Middle School in Taneytown.So the graduating eighth-grade music students are leaving a mural painted on the wall outside the music room as a gift to the school.Richard Stimmel, the school's band director, approached the band last fall with idea for a mural.
NEWS
By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,Staff Writer | June 15, 1992
The 45 members of Freetown's Blue Angels marched to the beat of a different drummer Saturday -- their own.The youths, ranging in age from 6 to 19, kicked off Freetown Fun Day Saturday afternoon by marching and dancing through the neighborhood, putting on a show for residents while proudly showing off their new blue and gold uniforms, banner and pompons."
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By Consella A. Lee and Consella A. Lee,SUN STAFF | May 14, 1996
After 120 North County High School band members played their way to eight top awards at the All-American Music Festival in Orlando, Fla., they had to find room on the buses for the trophies they were bringing home.There were first place trophies and plaques for the drill team, concert band, jazz band, parade band, field show, concert percussion and flag squad. Senior Shannon Boyer won a top solo twirling trophy, the indoor pom-pom squad took second place and sophomore clarinetist Melissa Holy received a trophy and certificate for a videotaped performance.
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By Susan Canfora | September 1, 1991
PICK OF THE WEEK: When the Great Train Robbery comes to Ocean City, the fans line up to see it."We've got a great local following. We can pack the Paddock on a Tuesday night in the winter," said lead guitarist and singer dTC John Giles. "I think it's because of the longevity of the band. We've been around a long time and we've got a good reputation," he said.Formed 15 years ago, the band, which was named after the book "The Great Train Robbery," plays "very much middle-of-the-road rock and roll," Mr. Giles said.
NEWS
January 11, 1993
IT WAS one of Dizzy Gillespie's last appearances in Baltimore, and true to Diz, the jazz trumpet genius who died Jan. 6, it was magical. The evening started, however, on a sour note.On a Sunday about 10 years ago, Gillespie brought a small band to the auditorium of Baltimore's Dunbar High School. At showtime, a third of the hall was filled. The crowd, if you want to call it that, would get no bigger by the end of the night.For a musician of his stature, it was a sad, embarrassing and insulting turn-out.
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By Consella A. Lee and Consella A. Lee,Sun Staff | January 31, 1996
There are 55 trophies neatly aligned on six shelves in the gymnasium at Arthur Slade Regional Catholic School in Glen Burnie, testimony to the efforts and excellence of the school's band members.For all but three of the past 12 years, Arthur Slade's advanced band has been named the "outstanding Catholic elementary school band" in the country by the National Catholic Bandmasters Association. And the members are working hard to keep that record intact.Every Thursday, they rehearse in the school gym for 1 1/2 hours to perfect two pieces they will record in April to send to the bandmasters' association at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., for evaluation.
NEWS
August 17, 2013
Sway to the Latin sounds of Pa' Gozar at the Old Town X-tra Concert, Sunday, Aug. 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. on the McCullough Field Stage, Eighth and Montgomery streets. The band plays all major Latin styles: salsa, cumbia, merengue, bolero, Latin jazz and Brazilian music. The band members are considered some of the most experienced and talented in the area. Concert is sponsored by Laurel Department of Parks and Recreation. For information, call 301-725-2000.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | July 29, 2013
Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a relatively obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar, another brick to add to the wall of your working vocabulary. This week's word: CRESCENDO The piano students and band members among you already know that crescendo (pronounced cre-SHEN-doh) is a musical direction indicating a gradual increase in force or loudness, a gimmick to which Rossini was particularly addicted. The verb means to increase gradually in loudness or intensity.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | April 12, 2013
When Secret Mountains released its long-awaited first album, "Rainer," in February, the band seemed poised to make a leap to higher prominince in the indie music world. The shoegazed-inspired Baltimore sextet had already garnered positive write-ups from online tastemakers Stereogum and Pitchfork. Even the New York Times joined in the praise with a concert review in 2011. The band achieved all of this without a full-length album to its name. But lately, things have been relatively quiet with the band, and last week, singer Kelly Laughlin announced to The Baltimore Sun why: She had left Secret Mountains right before "Rainer" was released.
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By Jamie Bacon, For The Baltimore Sun | April 9, 2013
Weddings, along with styles, are constantly changing. Wedding bands used to be very popular in the last generation but lately DJs are the trend. As a very indecisive person, I can tell you that I am really struggling with this decision.  The music and entertainment of your wedding can really make or break the whole celebration. There will be music playing for the ceremony, cocktail hour and, of course, the reception. If it doesn't turn out how you hope it to, it could affect the guests and whether they have a good time or not. If the DJ only plays slow songs, some of the single people may not want to dance.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2013
Typically, a singer is excited to discuss the ins and outs of her band's debut album, especially a well-received, highly anticipated one like Secret Mountains' "Rainer. " But today, singer Kelly Laughlin announced she left the Baltimore sextet earlier this year, right before "Rainer" was released in late February. The 21-year-old Laughlin, who graduates from the Maryland Institute College of Art with a degree in printmaking next month, says there were many factors that led to her decision (including the possibility of enrolling in graduate school and the fact that two band members live in New York)
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | February 18, 2013
William Charles Brubaker, a retired aeronautical engineer who was a founding trombone player in the Baltimore Colts Marching Band, died Feb. 12 at Sinai Hospital of complications from injuries he suffered near his Lutherville home. Family members said he was struck by a vehicle while walking last year. He was 91. Born in Altoona, Pa., he earned a degree in aeronautical engineering at what is now Trine University in Angola, Ind. During World War II, he served in the Army Air Forces in a communications unit.
ENTERTAINMENT
By BRITTANY BAUHAUS | February 9, 2006
Lonestar Equipped with the most artistic freedom it's ever had, Lonestar hits the road again to tour in support of its current release, Let's Be Us Again. With all but one song written or co-written by band members on their 13-track disc, these crooning Southern gentlemen perform Sunday night at the Hippodrome Theatre, 12 N. Eutaw St. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $32.50 and $42.50. Call 410-547-SEAT or go to ticketmaster.com.
NEWS
August 17, 2013
Sway to the Latin sounds of Pa' Gozar at the Old Town X-tra Concert, Sunday, Aug. 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. on the McCullough Field Stage, Eighth and Montgomery streets. The band plays all major Latin styles: salsa, cumbia, merengue, bolero, Latin jazz and Brazilian music. The band members are considered some of the most experienced and talented in the area. Concert is sponsored by Laurel Department of Parks and Recreation. For information, call 301-725-2000.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Zach Sparks, The Baltimore Sun | January 19, 2013
They've played for the queen. They've played for four presidents. And Monday, the "Mighty Sound of Maryland" will add President Barack Obama to their list of famous fans. Led by the sounds of booming drum lines and trombones, the University of Maryland marching band will serenade Pennsylvania Avenue during the 57th Inaugural Presidential Parade. The band is one of 60 acts chosen to perform from a pool of more than 2,800 applicants. L. Richmond Sparks, associate professor, conducting and director of bands, says he submitted video and audio tapes of the band during the application.
EXPLORE
By Mary K. Tilghman | January 2, 2013
Catonsville is among a number of Baltimore locales featured in songs on a new CD that will be released Saturday at a special performance party at the Creative Alliance in Highlandtown. Dan Naiman, a Catonsville resident for more than 20 years, plays bass for the Stone Hill All-Stars that will perform material from the "The Stone Hill All-Stars Live!" CD during the Jan. 5 event. The band, made up of Baltimore-area residents, recorded the music during an Aug. 4 concert at An Die Musik, a downtown performance space on Charles Street.
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