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By Janet Nickel, lejannickel@msn.com | March 6, 2012
Life Scout Matt Rafferty, a member of Boy Scout Troop 328 at Timonium United Methodist Church, is hard at work on his Eagle project, which involves collecting used musical instruments, in any condition, to benefit the under-funded music programs of Baltimore City Public Schools. Matt reports that the schools are happy to have all band instruments, from recorders to tubas, as well as any and all brass, woodwinds, percussion, strings, guitars and electronic keyboards - but no pianos, please!
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2014
Artist Neil Feather, who builds mechanized musical instruments from bowling balls, film projectors and cigar boxes, among other objects, received this year's $25,000 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize on Saturday evening. Trained as a ceramicist, Feather said he draws inspiration from antique machinery and "strange technology that didn't make it to the mainstream. " "I like listening to all the matter around me vibrating," Feather, 58, said in a phone interview after the award ceremony at the Walters Art Museum . The Waverly resident is a founding member of the Red Room Collective and the High Zero Foundation, groups that have pushed Baltimore to a vanguard of the international experimental music movement.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2014
Artist Neil Feather, who builds mechanized musical instruments from bowling balls, film projectors and cigar boxes, among other objects, received this year's $25,000 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize on Saturday evening. Trained as a ceramicist, Feather said he draws inspiration from antique machinery and "strange technology that didn't make it to the mainstream. " "I like listening to all the matter around me vibrating," Feather, 58, said in a phone interview after the award ceremony at the Walters Art Museum . The Waverly resident is a founding member of the Red Room Collective and the High Zero Foundation, groups that have pushed Baltimore to a vanguard of the international experimental music movement.
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By Jaclyn Peiser, The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2014
Seven artists, whose works span experimental musical instruments and genealogy-inspired sculpture, are the finalists in the 2014 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize. The prize, which provides the winner with a $25,000 fellowship award that will help them further develop and create their work, is named after civic leader Walter Sondheim and his wife, Janet. The artists are: •Lauren Adams, whose paintings, drawings, prints and other works explore power, politics and labor.
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May 19, 2007
James A. Standiford Jr., a retired mechanical engineer who enjoyed building houses, boats, clocks and musical instruments, died of pancreatic cancer May 12 at his Parkville home. He was 85. Mr. Standiford was born in Baltimore and raised in Locust Point. He attended city public schools and during World War II served with an Army infantry unit in North Africa and Italy. "He earned the Bronze Star at the Battle of Monte Cassino," said a daughter, Lillian M. Thompson of Govans. After the war, Mr. Standiford earned his General Educational Development certificate from Polytechnic Institute and became a licensed professional engineer in 1970.
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By Jaclyn Peiser, The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2014
Seven artists, whose works span experimental musical instruments and genealogy-inspired sculpture, are the finalists in the 2014 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize. The prize, which provides the winner with a $25,000 fellowship award that will help them further develop and create their work, is named after civic leader Walter Sondheim and his wife, Janet. The artists are: •Lauren Adams, whose paintings, drawings, prints and other works explore power, politics and labor.
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By Brenda J. Buote and Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF | September 20, 1998
On a recent afternoon, Joshua Smith could be found sitting in a small art studio in Westminster, patiently trying to produce a recognizable sound with his refurbished trumpet.The dark-haired, 9-year-old boy from New Windsor was among a handful of elementary school students getting acquainted with their musical instruments at the Carroll County Arts Council on Thursday.The Arts Council gave gently used violins, clarinets, trumpets and trombones to 11 children. The instruments are valued at $200 to $800.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | January 17, 2014
OrchKids, the program that puts musical instruments into the hands of Baltimore schoolchildren, announced Friday that it is receiving a $1 million gift that will allow it to double the number of students it serves. The donation from Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker, which was announced during a news conference at Baltimore City Hall, will expand the number of participating public schools from five to eight by 2019 and will increase the program's enrollment from 750 students to 1,600 attending pre-kindergarten through the 12th grade.
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By Tim Smith | tim.smith@baltsun.com and Baltimore Sun reporter | December 9, 2009
OrchKids, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's innovative educational initiative launched last year at an inner city school, will receive a $1 million gift from Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker. The Baltimore philanthropists were among the early supporters of the project, which received its initial seed money of $100,000 from BSO music director Marin Alsop. The $1 million contribution was scheduled to be announced Wednesday morning at Lockerman Bundy Elementary School, where the OrchKids program moved this year after the initial site, Harriet Tubman Elementary School, was closed.
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By JACQUES KELLY | August 22, 1998
WHEN I SAW that part of the landscaping at the new Ravens' stadium includes a grand piano rendered in grass and cement, I couldn't help but think of the huge old piano that had sat in the room at the bottom of our stairs.Never once did I hear any beautiful music issue from my family's big upright. It was nonetheless revered as part of the formal downstairs furnishings -- as much a part of a proper Baltimore home as a television, radio, CD or computer would be today.The reason the Ravens' home has a piano is a reference to the huge Knabe piano manufacturing plant that once stood near South Eutaw Street.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | January 25, 2014
Dan Trahey plays the tuba. He's played it all his life, and he takes his instrument with him everywhere, even though it's been years since he's performed regularly with an orchestra. Trahey's affinity for the unwieldy, decidedly uncool contraption says a lot about him. The tuba partly explains how Trahey has helped make OrchKids - the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra program that puts musical instruments into the hands of schoolchildren regardless of their ability - into a national model for teaching life skills to youngsters in impoverished neighborhoods.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | January 17, 2014
OrchKids, the program that puts musical instruments into the hands of Baltimore schoolchildren, announced Friday that it is receiving a $1 million gift that will allow it to double the number of students it serves. The donation from Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker, which was announced during a news conference at Baltimore City Hall, will expand the number of participating public schools from five to eight by 2019 and will increase the program's enrollment from 750 students to 1,600 attending pre-kindergarten through the 12th grade.
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September 28, 2012
Apple Butter Festival An Apple Butter Festival and Yard Sale will be held beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at Alberta Gary United Methodist Church, 9405 Guilford Road. Lunch is available. Free yard sale spaces are available. Information: 301-725-6307. Contributions needed The churches of the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center need eyeglasses, musical instruments, adult and children's bicycles, hearing aids, portable sewing machines, women's pocketbooks, baseball equipment and cellphones.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | July 26, 2012
Dr. William Allan Dear Jr., an internist and former head of the division of nuclear medicine at Mercy Medical Center who also was a practicing magician, died July 20 of heart disease at Union Memorial Hospital. The longtime Guilford resident was 80. "He was the father of nuclear medicine at Mercy," said Dr. Louis E. Grenzer, a Baltimore internist and cardiologist who had known Dr. Dear since they both were residents at Mercy. "In the early 1970s, when they were new, he was doing the first echocardiograms and ultrasounds at Mercy.
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July 1, 2012
TOM ROBERTS, 75, Smithsonian's 'Mr. Anonymous' The name "Tom Roberts" appears on no plaque in the Smithsonian Institution's musical instruments collection. At no concert, even when Mr. Roberts was in attendance, did Smithsonian chamber musicians reveal that he was one of their greatest benefactors. Among museum curators, he was known as "Mr. Anonymous. " Only a few of his closest acquaintances knew that for nearly two decades, Mr. Roberts owned one of the most prized instruments in the world — the "Hellier" violin crafted by Antonio Stradivari at the end of the 17th century.
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By Stephanie Citron, Special to The Baltimore Sun | March 16, 2012
It's easy for internationally renowned musician Shodekeh to journey with just carry-on luggage; his instrument travels in his soul. The Baltimore-based beatboxer and vocal percussionist performs in a multitude of genres and music domains, including dance and the visual arts. By channeling the concepts of musical instruments and soundscapes, he vocalizes dynamic emulations of everything; drum sets, turntables, ocean waves, sleigh bells. Shodekeh is the founding director of "Embody, A Music Series of The Vocal Arts," which strives for artistic and cultural unity through the vocal traditions of the world, ranging from opera to beatboxing.
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By Michael Hill and Michael Hill,SUN STAFF | May 12, 1999
On the shelves of the office of this man who has taught generations of attorneys and judges and legislators at the University of Maryland Law School, in the place where you expect to find books with titles like Contracts and Torts, you find instead the Berenstain Bears and Little Orphan Annie."
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | January 25, 2014
Dan Trahey plays the tuba. He's played it all his life, and he takes his instrument with him everywhere, even though it's been years since he's performed regularly with an orchestra. Trahey's affinity for the unwieldy, decidedly uncool contraption says a lot about him. The tuba partly explains how Trahey has helped make OrchKids - the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra program that puts musical instruments into the hands of schoolchildren regardless of their ability - into a national model for teaching life skills to youngsters in impoverished neighborhoods.
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By Janet Nickel, lejannickel@msn.com | March 6, 2012
Life Scout Matt Rafferty, a member of Boy Scout Troop 328 at Timonium United Methodist Church, is hard at work on his Eagle project, which involves collecting used musical instruments, in any condition, to benefit the under-funded music programs of Baltimore City Public Schools. Matt reports that the schools are happy to have all band instruments, from recorders to tubas, as well as any and all brass, woodwinds, percussion, strings, guitars and electronic keyboards - but no pianos, please!
SPORTS
By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun | February 9, 2011
Harford Tech sophomore Isaiah Gills is all about quality and quantity. A three-sport athlete who also plays four musical instruments, Gills has a 3.3 GPA and would like to study engineering when he goes to college. But Gills has plenty of time left at Harford Tech, and he’s putting it to good use. In football, he plays quarterback, wide receiver, cornerback and safety. For the track and field team, he runs the 400-meter relay and 800 relay, and competes in the high jump and triple jump events.
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