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Marching Bands and Hazing

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Today, we look at the role that hazing can play in marching bands - following 11 felony arrests in the death of a Florida A&M drum major. Plus, songs inspired by Nicolas Slonimsky's 1947 book, “Thesaurus of Scales and Melodic Patterns.” And, a live performance from New York musician Cat Martino.

Marching Bands, Hazing and Tragedy

Last week Florida A&M University marching band director Julian White announced his resignation after 11 band members were charged with felony hazing in the November 2011 death of drum major Robert Champion. Today, we look at hazing and the culture of competitive marching bands with ESPN investigative reporter Mike Fish and North Carolina Central University band director Jorim Reid.

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Cat Martino: In Studio

New York musician Cat Martino visited us last year as a backing musician when Sufjan Stevens performed in our studio. Today, Martino joins us as a solo artist to play her song "Yr Not Alone."

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Slonimsky’s Thesaurus

First published in 1947, Nicolas Slonimsky’s “Thesaurus of Scales and Melodic Patterns” has inspired musicians ranging from jazz saxophonist John Coltrane to Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo. Today: we hear new songs that incorporate exercises from Slonimsky’s Thesaurus, as part of a project sponsored by Esopus magazine. We talk with editor Tod Lippy and New York-based musician Cat Martino, who composed her song “Radial Brief” for the project’s CD.

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Gig Alert: Invincible

Detroit hip-hop artist Invincible performs in the "Good Folk: Women of Hip Hop" show at Joe's Pub. Download her song "Detroit Summer."

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