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Why Is WMU's Marching Band So Big?

For nearly a hundred years, Western Michigan University’s Bronco Marching Band has been a fixture on fall Saturdays in Kalamazoo. This year, though, there is a notable difference. The size of the band has swelled to 330 members, making it the largest in the Mid-American conference.

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The Little Mermaid Brings Undersea Fantasy To Kalamazoo Civic

Director Steven Carver, marketing director Janet Gover, Este'fan Kizer (Sebastian), and Lizzy Stone (Ariel) join Cara Lieurance to preview the Kalamazoo Civic's production of The Little Mermaid , which opens on Friday. The familiar Hans Christian Anderson story, made famous in the 1989 Disney movie, was adapted to stage in 2007, but took a few years to reach its current version, says Carver. Lizzy Stone, who starred as Eliza in the Civic's My Fair Lady, says that as a redhead, she loved Ariel as a girl, going on to say that the part requires some unusual acting challenges, including wordless acting and a flying harness. Este'Fan Kizer, who was last seen in Sister Act , plays the crab Sebastian, and sings the most recognizable song in the musical, "Under The Sea."

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Edwin Outwater, a candidate to become the next music director of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, will guest conduct a program of two masterpieces on Saturday: Brahms' Symphony No. 2 and the Piano Concerto No. 3 by Sergei Rachmaninoff. In an interview with Cara Lieurance, Outwater discusses the innovations he brought to the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony in his ten year tenure, and the legacy he has received by continuing to work with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra for over 15 years.

2007 International Queen Elisabeth Contest Winner Anna Vinnitskaya will be the soloist for Rachmaninoff’s 3rd Piano Concerto. The concert begins at 8 pm in Miller Auditorium. 


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(MPRN-Lansing) Governor Rick Snyder has signed a spending bill that includes more money to prosecute members of his administration for their roles in the Flint water crisis. The $600,000 will go to state Attorney General Bill Schuette’s office. 

Blog posts have derailed a Michigan State Representative's nomination to a post in the federal Education Department. Money is approved for a pilot program in Kalamazoo County to identify people at risk of opioid addiction. Several post-season MAC awards for the WMU men's soccer team as they prepare to host the conference tournament. 

The 32nd Division in the World War, 1917-1919 / Courtesy of Tom George

The Red Arrow Highway runs east from New Buffalo across Berrien and Van Buren Counties. Cross into Kalamazoo, and suddenly the road is called Stadium Drive. A listener asks: why? The road is named after a storied Division of the US Army. Wouldn’t the name “Red Arrow” pay better tribute to veterans?


Gary Stroutsos with Zuni drummer Florentine Johnson
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This year’s Michigan Festival of Sacred Music will feature a performance by Gary Stroutsos. He’s a flutist from Seattle possibly best known for playing Native American styles. Stroutsos will play Saturday, November 11th at 11 a.m. at the Kalamazoo Nature Center. 


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On WestSouthwest, a campaign to raise awareness about childhood trauma. And a former journalist, turned crisis advisor for Amnesty International will be part of a panel discussion on fake news this weekend in Kalamazoo. 


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Rawya Rageh says she always knew that she wanted to be a journalist since she was 13 years old. In fact, she says Rawya means story teller in Arabic. Rageh will be part of a panel discussion on the news media Saturday night in Kalamazoo.


The industrial economy in West Michigan continues to grow. Kalamazoo Township delays a decision on medical marijuana businesses. WMU is now eligible for a post-season bowl game after a senior night win over Kent State. 

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(MPRN-Lansing) Concealed guns could be carried in schools, churches and other places they’re currently banned under bills adopted Wednesday by the state Senate. The bills were adopted on largely party-line votes.

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(MPRN-Lansing) The ACLU has asked a federal judge to release hundreds of Iraqis who are being detained by immigration authorities. The Iraqis are fighting deportation orders. 

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