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  • Saturday marks the 90th anniversary of Notre Dame's Four Horseman

    The U.S. Military Academy Band struck up a rousing John Philip Sousa march at one end the Polo Grounds, New York City's eccentric stadium. As the musicians wheeled to their right and down one side of the football field, the first ranks of the Corps of Cadets emerged from the grandstand tunnel into the bright sunshine. Within moments, the entire corps, arrayed in neatly formed blocks, marched around the field's periphery. It seemed as if a torrent had poured in from the adjacent East River, a stream of 1,400 young men wearing their gray tunics. However serious their faces and demeanor appeared, all were ready to cheer for Army football.
  • 'Banner' a hit song with staying power

    'Banner' a hit song with staying power
    The sight that stirred Francis Scott Key on the morning of Sept. 14, 1814, from the deck of a ship on the Patapsco River, not only gave proof of the country's ability to survive a war with Britain. It also generated the verses that, set to a song of...

    Thu Tran, 'Bad Moon,' Whistler, Tim & Eric, 'The Roosevelts'

    Thu Tran, 'Bad Moon,' Whistler, Tim & Eric, 'The Roosevelts'
    Thu Tran (slight return) (The Internet, mostly). Thu Tran, the mistress and co-architect of IFC's "Food Party," a cardboard-and-glitter, puppets-and-grub series at the top of my top list back when it was running in 2009 and 2010 -- and still is,...

    Laguna Concert Band dips into patriotic repertoire

    Laguna Concert Band dips into patriotic repertoire
    The writing was on the wall very early on. The kitchen wall, that is. Gary Gould, then only 2 years old, simply couldn't get enough of using pots and pans as drums. Hearing her son thump away, Gould's mother knew that music was his calling. And he...

    Classically Trained: Navy band blows into town

    In the eighth grade, my classmates and I got to hear the United States Marine Band, a.k.a. the President's Own, in rehearsal at their barracks in Washington, D.C. We were told this would be the opportunity of a lifetime, a rare chance to hear one of the...