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Dizzy Gillespie
Dunbar High School resurrects marching band
Dunbar High School resurrects marching band

Band teacher Charles Funn's voice thundered in a classroom at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, shouting the names of familiar Southern foods as a way to help the students to find their rhythm. You can feel both, he explained, in your soul. "Fried chicken, greens, hot sauce, potato salad," Funn instructed above the small assembly of squealing trumpets and booming bass drums that clumsily converged as students struggled to raise their instruments and legs at the same time. "Grease!" he encouraged, jerking around his lanky body. The group of 25 rehearsing with a handful of pawnshop instruments is a far cry from the 185-person, celebrated band that Funn led in the...