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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 1996
The members of the Great American Freedom Band will soon launch their first recruitment drive--a bittersweet effort to save a group that has lost more than half of its members to AIDS. Formed in 1978 to improve the image of the gay community, the band once had 120 members. About 60% have died over the years as a result of AIDS. Today, along with other membership losses, only 15 musicians remain and the group is considering shutting down.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 17, 2007 | From the Associated Press
As punk rock goes, a song bemoaning a high school exam hardly sounds like the stuff of anarchy. But in Turkey it can land you in court, as an Istanbul rock band has discovered. All the song does is lash out against Turkey's equivalent of the SAT, the exam that all Turkish high-schoolers must pass to have a shot at getting into college. High-schoolers the world over may sympathize, but to Turkish prosecutors it's an insult to the state and its employees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 1996 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
The Agoura High School jazz band will take its act on the road this summer in a three-week European cultural exchange program that will include performances in Germany and the Netherlands. And although few of the band members have been outside the country and fewer still speak German, band teacher John Mosley said the students will express themselves musically. "The language we'll be communicating with them is jazz," Mosley said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 1997 | HOPE HAMASHIGE and JOHN CANALIS and VANESSA DeRUYTER
The Fountain Valley High School Royal Regiment Marching Band and Color Guard won top honors at two recent Orange County tournaments by performing music from the Kevin Costner film "Waterworld." Using costumes and props similar to those of the apocalyptic film, the regiment's 175 members impressed judges at tournaments three hours apart on a recent Saturday at Savanna High School in Anaheim and Westminster High School. They played four selections from the film.
SPORTS
March 22, 2001 | CHRIS FOSTER
There will be no Grad Night celebration at the NCAA West Regional today, when Stanford faces Cincinnati's diploma-challenged basketball program. The Stanford band, notorious for its outrageous pranks, has been ordered not to wear graduation gowns mocking the woeful graduation rate of the Cincinnati basketball program, a band spokesman said Wednesday. "We got word from our athletic department that the NCAA has ordered us not to wear graduation gowns," said Aram Cretan, a sophomore trumpet player.
NEWS
March 17, 1991 | MICHAEL GRANBERRY and H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A business jet carrying a two-person crew and eight members of country singer Reba McEntire's entourage crashed into a mountain near the U.S.-Mexico border Saturday morning, killing all 10 people on board. The twin-engine Hawker Siddeley took off about 1:45 a.m.
NEWS
December 16, 1995 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The band can play on--for now. A judge this week ruled against Olympic swimming champion Janet Evans' parents, who were seeking to stop the El Dorado High marching band from practicing early in the morning on a field adjacent to their home. Paul and Barbara Evans say they generally support the school, their famous daughter's alma mater. But they found themselves in the thick of an increasingly testy dispute--they have received nasty phone messages--over the band's 7 a.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2010 | By Todd Martens
The three-day Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival is playing to sellout crowds this weekend and shattering attendance records, festival officials said. The Goldenvoice-promoted festival, now in its 11th year, is drawing a record 75,000 people per day to the Empire Polo Club in the desert community of Indio, up nearly 15,000 from last year's daily average. But the record attendance and a later curfew -- 1 a.m. instead of midnight -- weren't the only new wrinkles in the festival.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 1997 | JOHN CANALIS
Several of the county's best middle and high school jazz bands will face off April 18 and 19 during the ninth annual jazz festival at the Orange County Fairgrounds. The bands will judged on performance style, creativity, originality, skill and stage presence. The first-place award is $300; second, $250; and third, $200.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 1993 | AARON CURTISS
Moorpark College music director James Song has been chosen director of the Agoura Hills-Las Virgenes Community Concert Band. Song has taught high school and college bands. The first concert under Song's direction is scheduled April 10 at Agoura High School.
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