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UNT's first mariachi camp reflects its growing popularity
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Fri, Aug 8, 2008
Aug. 8--DENTON -- They're playing a new tune at the University of North Texas band camp this summer -- one with violins, trumpets and guitarron.UNT'sspan> first mariachi camp began Thursday with 22 musicians in grades six through 12 from Arlington, Flower Mound, Garland and Grand Prairie. The three-day pilot program ends Saturday, and as far as organizers know, it is the only mariachi camp in the region."This is a really big deal for us," said Donna Emmanuel, the UNTan> professor leading the camp. "There's a huge demand."Mariachi's growing popularity prompted the University Interscholastic League to create a new competitive...

Burial scene described in Mangum trial
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Fri, Aug 8, 2008
ANGLETON Ungodly was the description offered by an investigator of the scene where the body of a Pearland flight attendant was uncovered, and defense attorneys tried to prevent prosecutors from putting pictures to that word.Kenneth Cummings Jr. had been dead 11 days when his remains were exhumed at a San Antonio-area ranch owned by the grandfather of his accused killer, Terry Mark Mangum, prosecutors said. Cummings was buried on his back with knees bent and one protruding from the ground.His torso remained covered with moist earth, and investigators later learned from a medical examiner some parts were missing.Mangum, 27, of Cypress...

UNT mariachis share skills
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Thu, Aug 7, 2008
Young musicians come to campus to learn from studentsThe University of North Texas Music Education Department is building its presence in the Latino community through mariachi music, says music professor Donna Emmanuel, coordinator of the universitys first mariachi camp.Thirty middle and high school students from Arlington, Garland and Grand Prairie arrived this week to explore the history of mariachi bands from UNT musicians. Many of the students leading the camp mentored in the school districts during the academic year.Emmanuel said she is striving to build relations between UNT and public schools.Research shows that it improves...

Mariachi camp scheduled at UNT
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Sat, Aug 2, 2008
Aspiring mariachi players in grades six through 12 will learn from University of North Texas students at the College of Musics first summer mariachi camp, Aug. 7-9. Workshops will be conducted throughout the day Aug. 7-9, with jam sessions in the evenings. All workshops will be in the UNT Music Building. The camp ends with a free public concert at noon Aug. 9, in the University Union Lyceum, instead of the Music Building, as scheduled earlier. Campers and UNT mariachi musicians will perform.

UNT's Renowned Band Director Retiring
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Sat, Aug 2, 2008
DENTON, Texas -- The Grammy-nominated director of the One O'Clock Lab Band is retiring this month after nearly three decades. Neil Slater, the head of jazz studies and the third director in the 50-plus years of UNT's best-known jazz ensemble, is leaving on a high note. The 20-piece ensemble just ended its tour of European music festivals. 'The crowd just wouldn't let them off the stage,' said Craig Marshall, manager of the band, describing a concert in Italy. 'I think it's the best trip we've ever done. It was a really neat way to end Neil's career.' Colleague Steve Wiest credits the 77-year-old Slater with implementing a master's...