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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 1992 | WILLSON CUMMER
Nine high school marching bands and their flag teams will perform Monday in preparation for a performance at the Freedom Bowl on Tuesday. The bands come from Oklahoma, Nevada, Michigan, Arizona, Wyoming and California. Organizers say the bands average about 300 performers each, and will perform complex routines involving music and dance. The winning band will play before the Freedom Bowl begins, though all the bands will play together for 12 minutes at half time.
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ENTERTAINMENT
May 9, 2008 | Liesl Bradner
Local bands will be given the chance to kick off Kenny Chesney's 2008 Poets and Pirates Tour throughout the country this summer in "The Next Big Star" competition. Select Hard Rock Cafe locations will host a battle of the bands where local artists can compete for the chance to perform as the opening act in the artist's respective market. Each competition will be evaluated by a panel of four judges for the ultimate prize -- $25,000 cash and the opportunity to audition for RCA Records Vice President, A&R, Renee Bell.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 23, 1990
Out of the numerous letters I'm sure you received regarding Robert Hilburn's article on the "20 Bands That Matter," did anyone ask, "Does anyone really care?" If Springsteen, U2 and Guns N' Roses are bands that matter, please let me place my hat over my heart and state "Rock is dead." Pseudo-political lyrics, three-chord songs and bad attitudes don't a band make. Like most, I'm in no position to pick 20 bands that matter. In fact, I'm a KISS fan. But heck, I wouldn't even think of putting them on the same list as Elton John, the Who, James Brown and others.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 1997 | DARRELL SATZMAN
Jazz bands from nine San Fernando Valley high schools will compete this weekend for a chance to perform in the first-ever San Fernando Valley Jazz Festival in May at Lake Balboa. Both the competition and the jazz festival--named Jazz on the Lake--are sponsored by the Woodland Hills Chamber of Commerce and the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 1994 | RUSS LOAR
The Irvine Unified School District is hosting its first invitational field tournament from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at Irvine Stadium with marching bands, color guards and drill teams from 18 Orange County high schools. The tournament is co-sponsored by Irvine and Woodbridge high schools. Music directors there hope to make it an annual event to help offset the impending loss of money from bingo games. A federal law, which goes into effect Dec. 26, will prohibit smoking in public school buildings.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 1, 1988 | CHARLES CHAMPLIN, Times Arts Editor
It was a hot, dusty afternoon earlier this week. The door was closed tight to keep the air-conditioned air inside, but wisps of the blazing music leaked onto Laurel Canyon in Pacoima from a converted cinder-block garage attached to a modest bungalow. In this garage, every Wednesday afternoon for 33 years (since mid-1955 that would be), Frank (Ace) Lane's rehearsal band has gathered for a two-hour session with some of the best, most testing and forward-looking arrangements of the big band era.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 2000 | JOE MOZINGO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While UCLA marching band members played a flag football game with their counterparts at USC over the weekend, someone broke into their equipment truck and stole more than $30,000 in instruments, officials said. Authorities said they do not know if the theft was an act of school rivalry, but they have some leads. They found most of the equipment on the patio of an apartment complex near USC.
NEWS
November 15, 1995 | From a Times Staff Writer
The shutdown of the federal government Tuesday did not stop the marching among combat units in the U.S. military, but it did stop the music--at least for members of the Navy Band. While maneuvers and training continued unabated despite the budget crunch, the Commodores--the jazz ensemble component of the Navy Band--wound up stranded in a Midwestern hotel when the budget clock ran out. The 18-member group had just finished a Monday night stint at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind.
NEWS
November 5, 1998 | CHUCK PHILIPS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Raising the specter of a new form of payola, hundreds of radio stations around the country are pressuring rock bands to perform free at charity concerts that bolster the broadcasters' ratings and advertising revenue. Artist managers contend that the stations coerce bands by refusing to air their latest releases unless they commit to perform in concert. Many artists now view it as little more than a shakedown that is broadly undermining the live concert business.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 1996 | BILL BILLITER
A New Jersey high school's band soon will be visiting Cypress. And Cypress High School band members are hoping for a reciprocal visit to their New Jersey counterparts at Ridgewood High this year and a possible appearance in the nation's most famous Thanksgiving parade. "Our Cypress band hopes to be invited to perform in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City," explained Shen Yeh, a band parent who is spokesman for the high's school Band & Pageantry Boosters.
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