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Belpre music educator marches in Tournament of Roses Parade

Jan. 08, 2022 09:02 AM EST

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Marching in the Tournament of Roses Parade is an experience a Belpre music teacher will treasure for a long time. Robin White, Belpre Elementary music teacher and assistant band director for Belpre City Schools, was part of a marching band made up of 275...

Members of lead Rose Parade band test positive for COVID-19

Jan. 07, 2022 19:47 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Members of a 410-person Alabama high school marching band that led off this year's Tournament of Roses Parade with “Yankee Doodle Dandy” have tested positive for COVID-19 since returning home from California. Now the entire school has switched to virtual...

Reza Salazar, from surviving clown to Broadway actor

Dec. 22, 2021 14:13 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — As part of the cast of “Clyde’s,” Reza Salazar does eight performances a week at the Hayes Theater on Broadway alongside award-winning Uzo Aduba and others. It's an achievement that he does not take for granted: The Peruvian actor began his career out of necessity at a very...

More than 900 instruments donated to reservation schools

Dec. 09, 2021 11:22 AM EST

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) — High schools across the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation have received more than 900 donated musical instruments as part of a program created by the rock band Widespread Panic. A nonprofit organization, Conscious Alliance, brought the most recent delivery to...

Macy's Thanksgiving parade returns, with all the trimmings

Nov. 25, 2021 13:55 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Giant balloons once again wafted through miles of Manhattan, wrangled by costumed handlers. High school and college marching bands from around the country were back, and so were the crowds at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. After being crimped by the...

Emilie Kouatchou makes 'Phantom' history on Broadway

Nov. 11, 2021 13:10 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Rising stage star Emilie Kouatchou came close to quitting musical theater during the pandemic shutdown, worried about the future. She stuck with it and has now made Broadway history. The soprano late last month made her Broadway debut as Christine in...