Practice time for the PS 177 band.
(John Poole/NPR)
June 11, 2014

iPads Allow Kids With Challenges To Play In High School’s Band

There's a steady stream of hype surrounding the pluses and pitfalls of classroom tablet computers. But for a growing number of special education students tablets and their apps are proving transformative. The tablets aren't merely novel and fun. With guidance from creative teachers, they are helping to deepen engagement, communication, and creativity.


The University of Illinois' marching band.
(Erik Abderhalden/flickr)
May 03, 2014

Marching Illini Chosen For 2015 Macy’s Parade

The University of Illinois' Marching Illini will be one of just a handful of marching bands to perform in next year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.


DJ Rashad passed away on Saturday in Chicago at the age of 34.
(Courtesy of Ashes 57)
April 28, 2014

Innovative Chicago Producer DJ Rashad Dies At 34

Rashad Hanif Harden, the Chicago DJ and producer known as DJ Rashad who helped establish a new style of dance music over a 15-year career, died on Saturday. He was 34.


Mark Rubel with Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets at Mabel's in Dec. 1984.
(Sousa Archives and Center for American Music at the University of Illinois)
April 18, 2014

Rising from the Ashes of Disco

Many consider the 1980’s to early 90’s the golden age of local music in Champaign-Urbana, especially when it comes to rock and roll.  On Saturday, April 19th, the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music at the University of Illinois will be hosting a panel discussion entitled “Rising from the Ashes of Disco: Urbana-Champaign’s Music Scene during the 1980s and Early 1990s.”


(Jason Croft/WILL)
February 05, 2014

Pogo Studios Archives Donated to the Sousa Archives

Recently, Champaign’s famed Pogo Studio closed its doors after nearly 30 years when owner Mark Rubel left for a new job in Nashville, Tennessee. But the music that was recorded there will live on at the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music at the University of Illinois.


Robert Rumbelow
(L. Brian Stauffer)
January 14, 2014

Former U Of I Bands Director Pleads Guilty

The former director of bands at the University of Illinois has pleaded guilty to stealing musical instruments from the school and sentenced to a form of probation.


December 18, 2013

Dial A Carol

Time is running out this year if you want to call up the very popular Dial-A-Carol and get a Christmas song sung to you by University of Illinois students. It’s an annual tradition that started in 1960 and has been going on every year since.


Lou Reed performing in London.
(Denis O'Regan/Getty Images)
October 27, 2013

Lou Reed, Beloved Contrarian, Dies

One of rock's most beloved and contrarian figures has died. Lou Reed epitomized New York City's artistic underbelly in the 1970s, with his songs about hookers and junkies. He was 71.


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