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What Makes A Great Marching Band?

Nov 22, 2016

In Trumbull, Connecticut, Trumbull High Schools Golden Eagle Marching Band performs every weekend, from early September through November. Parent Michael Noe said parents raised $10,000 for an 18-wheel trailer, to help with all of the hauling. There is really a lot of gear all the band, all of the uniforms, all the stuff that comes with 130, 140 kids, Noe said. Parents kept the big rig a secret from their kids until the day it was unveiled, the same day the band traveled to New Jersey to...


Each weekend on Performance Saturday , I enjoy sharing new releases following the “concert” broadcast portion of the program, and this fall, I’ve been sharing excerpts from soundtracks to films clouded in mystery. None of the scores are purely orchestral, and the distorted and sometimes frightening soundscapes of these albums make for some interesting car trips! (Listening while driving is pretty much the only way I get to do any extended sampling nowadays.) In order of release, let’s start...

Morgan Ford, FPC Media Coordinator

A downtown church has an interesting way of marking the holiday season, and helping downtowners relax. First Presbyterian does so in a series of events precisely-titled Midday Noels .

Phil Houseal

This weekend at the University of Texas at San Antonio, they're playing holiday music, but with a twist. "This weekend we kick off our Winterlude Concerts ," says UTSA's Gene Dowdy. "Winterlude is a time of the season for the UTSA Music Department to share the spirit of the season with the community in a series of concerts. They begin this Sunday with a 3 p.m. performance, that'll be repeated Monday night at 7:30." I've written about Gustav Mahler and his monumental symphonic achievements before , but right now I'm not sure there has ever been a more fitting symphony for our time than Mahler's Symphony No. 6. Today, as we have become immune to shock, where nothing seems too extreme and where hyperbole rules, Mahler and his Sixth Symphony seem to fit right in. Mahler was a man of excess, spectacle, illusion and indulgence. Most likely a narcissist, he was also...