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New drums make sure the beat goes on at Hoover High School

Marching band director leads the cause for the new marching band instruments.

August 31, 2013|By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com
  • Marching band students stand and cheer after the curtain was raised on brand new percussion instruments at Hoover High School where $50,000 of top-of-the-line percussion instruments were revealed to the marching band on Thursday, August 29, 2013. Lexus of Glendale worked closely with the school and paid for everything.
Marching band students stand and cheer after the curtain… (Tim Berger / Staff…)

When Martin Rhees took over as director of the Hoover High School marching band five years ago, he learned the group’s drums had been purchased several years before, but they arrived without cases to protect them.

Ten years of traveling to football games has taken a toll on the drums, which often were transported in the lower compartment of buses to away games. 

“They took a beating,” Rhees said.

On Thursday, after the marching band practiced for three hours on the school’s field, Rhees led band members to the school’s auditorium to unveil what was behind the closed stage curtain — a new set of drums.

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