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Posted Nov 21, 2014 at 9:31 AM

For some of the area’s top musicians, spending a day away from school playing jazz music was a real treat.“I got dismissed from school to play music all day,” said Andrew Ortolani, a sophomore at Pittsburg High School, who was one of a small group of students from around Southeast Kansas to do so.Ortolani has played with marching bands in Pittsburg since he was in sixth grade, and joined PHS’ jazz band as a pianist this year at the encouragement of a...

Updated Nov 20, 2014 at 11:47 AM

I drive my daughter Jackie to school in the morning and, because I’m a swell dad, I let her select the radio station. Occasionally, she’ll throw me a bone and put on one of “my stations” — she can sometimes find...

Updated Nov 20, 2014 at 10:53 AM

I’m having so much fun getting reacquainted with my music collection. I never dreamed that setting up my iPod Classic would be so much fun.I bought my iPod Classic during the summer, but I’m still nowhere near done...

Posted Nov 20, 2014 at 7:30 AM

When 160 voices blended together in practice on Wednesday, the result was a huge, beautiful sound.The voices include students from Pittsburg High School, as well as from around the community as performers gear up for the sixth year of the...

Posted Nov 16, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Southeast 7th grader Elyzabeth Wood, Weir, has been chosen to participate in the KMEA Middle Level Choir. She will join about 160 other students from throughout the state at the performance at the KMEA Convention Center in Wichita on...

Posted Nov 16, 2014 at 8:00 AM

GIRARD — There’s no shortage of people here who will gladly get on the stage for the whole town’s entertainment if it will serve a good cause, as Jennifer Wentz put it Saturday night.Elegant dance and self-deprecating...

Updated Nov 13, 2014 at 1:14 PM

By David T. FarrMore Content NowThe 2014 Country Music Awards — what a disappointment. I’m sorry if you’re a country music fan, but the entire telecast was a joke. And it certainly wasn’t a country...

Updated Nov 3, 2014 at 11:52 AM

“The Next Elvis: Searching for Stardom at Sun Records,” Barbara Barnes Sims (LSU Press)One thing Barbara Barnes Sims doesn’t do in “The Next Elvis,” the memoir of her time working at Sun Records...

Updated Oct 30, 2014 at 10:16 AM

If you’ve found yourself getting down and out with all the liars and the dirty cheats of the world during this political season, you probably missed out on this sick beat.I’m referring to Taylor Swift’s “Shake...

Updated Oct 16, 2014 at 3:16 PM

By David T. FarrMore Content NowBryan Adams has always been one my favorite singers. When I was growing up, his albums “Reckless” and “Cuts Like A Knife” were always blaring from my jam box...

Updated Oct 2, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga are quite possibly music’s best May-December relationship. I wouldn’t have believed it until I heard it myself.Until now all we could do was wonder. Could it be a joke?...

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