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5:44 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Drummer And Tuba Player Work To Stay Sharp For Band And College

The Sonic Boom of the South at Jackson State isn't just a band; it's the university's most visible marketing tool.
Keith O'Brien NPR

Six months ago, we brought you the story of the Edna Karr High School marching band in New Orleans. Two members of the band in particular, snare drummer Charles Williams and tuba player Nicholas Nooks, or Big Nick as his friends call him, earned scholarships to Jackson State University in Mississippi — their dream.

The marching band at Jackson State is known as the Sonic Boom of the South. Band camp began in August with 164 freshmen. But after weeks of late nights and early mornings, musical training and also push-ups, 24 had quit.

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Code Switch
2:34 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

At A New Orleans High School, Marching Band Is A Lifeline For Kids

The Edna Karr High School marching band had fewer than 40 members four years ago. Today, more than 80 students march in the band.
Keith O'Brien NPR

Originally published on Sat May 17, 2014 2:31 pm

Editor's Note: This is a story about a high school band. It is a story that demands to be heard, even more so than read. Please click on the audio player, above, to listen. Audio will be available around 6:30 p.m. EDT.

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Arts & Culture
2:31 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Get Your Fat Tuesday Fix, San Antonio Style

So you can’t afford to spring for the flight, the hotel and the time off work to go celebrate Fat Tuesday in the Crescent City, so what do you do? I may have found the next best thing.

“Well, we’ve got a great Mardi Gras concert on Tuesday night at the Empire Theater,” said Brent “Doc” Watkins, whose band has something planned at the Charline McCombs Empire Theater.

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Arts & Culture
3:20 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Preservation Hall Jazz Band Carries On A New Orleans Music Tradition

Preservation Hall Jazz Band
: Courtesy photo

Arts San Antonio is bringing the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to the Charline McCombs Empire Theater Wednesday night.  We spoke with tuba/banjo player/percussionist and vocalist Ben Jaffe.

"We’re going to be playing some selections from our newest album, 'That’s It,' and we’re also going to be performing some songs that we only pull out specifically this time of year, specifically holiday songs that are unique to New Orleans," Jaffe said.

Jaffe said the difference between Preservation Hall and some other bands is New Orleans, but it’s also the players themselves.

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