New Orleans' St. Augustine High School Marching Band emerges from pandemic to play notes of hope
The heart and soul of the famous Mardi Gras parades of New Orleans are its marching bands, and few are as revered and storied as the St. Augustine High School Marching Band – self-dubbed the "Best Band in the Land." The "St. Aug" band, as it's known in the local parlance, is one of the few predominantly Black, all-boys Catholic high schools in the country. "In New Orleans, marching band is a culture. But here in this city, they live, breathe, eat, sleep, everything marching band," says Johnson. Because I feel like that is-- that is St. Aug, that is New Orleans.," he tells Alfonsi.cbsnews.com
Michigan Marching Band members become virtual ‘pen pals’ with seniors in Ann Arbor
ANN ARBOR – A group of University of Michigan students have been actively engaging with local older adults during the pandemic to help ease their isolation and strike up new friendships. The project was launched by members of the Lambda Chapter of Tau Beta Sigma, an honorary co-ed band sorority focused on service. The group connected with the Ann Arbor Senior Center and began advertising in the center’s newsletter for virtual pen pals. “Chatting with my virtual pen pal has helped me remain connected to the U-M campus and the surrounding Ann Arbor community, as well as learn more about Michigan in general,” Souza said in a statement. “Additionally, as an aspiring high school teacher, I was so excited to learn that my pen pal was a high school teacher!
SPOTLIGHT: Student musician plays seven instruments
Jazmyn Wall is an incredibly talented musician and is also 4Frenzy’s winner for Band in the Performing Arts category! Jazmyn started playing her first instrument when she was in first grade, and now she plays seven different instruments including violin, piano, saxophone, mellophone, clarinet, bass, and guitar! An accomplished musician and studentWith all her band activities and extracurriculars, Jazmyn is a very busy student! Jazmyn Wall and Local 4's Evrod Cassimy (WDIV)All this isn’t surprising for a girl who says herself that she loves challenges, competition, and keeping busy. 4Frenzy - Jazmyn Wall and orchestra director Ms. Deanna Burrows (WDIV)All together, the orchestra is a mini family to Jazmyn.
Detroit Public Schools All-City Marching Band performs at 2019 America’s Thanksgiving Parade
DETROIT – The Detroit Public Schools All-City Marching Band played a Motown medly at the 2019 America’s Thanksgiving Parade. For more parade coverage, go to this special America’s Thanksgiving Parade section.
Congratulations to Utica H.S., winner of 4Frenzy's Top 10 Marching Band contest!
Utica High School was the winner of this year's 4Frenzy Marching Band competition. Local 4 News Today Reporter Kim DeGiulio secretly showed up at the band's school on Friday. We will also do stories on ClickOnDetroit on the Marching Bands who were runners-up. We want to make sure the students and coaches get recognized for all of their hard work throughout the year. DMC Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, Hungry Howie's, Meijer, Southeast Michigan Ford Dealers, and Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation.
Dakota Cougar High School Marching Band
What better way to celebrate the holiday season than with the Dakota Cougar High School Marching Band! The Marching Band proudly performs at Dakota varsity home football games, competes in the Scholastic Marching Band circuit, and can be seen in parades throughout the Metro Detroit area, including in the Richmond Good Old Days Parade. The band consistently earns first division ratings at the MSBOA marching band festival. The band performed at Chicago Symphony Hall in April of 2011, and they will be performing at the Magic Kingdom in Orlando, FL in April of 2012. The Dakota Cougar High School Marching Band will be performing "Celebrate" by Kool and the Gang at America's Thanksgiving Parade.