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According to a story by Al Rudis in today's Press-Telegram (a paper I worked at for three years), Long Beach Junior Concert Band founder/leader Marvin Marker passed away Sunday at a Denver airport. He was 74.
Sure, the Stones have been around for what feels like forever, but Marker had them beat as he started the LBJCB in 1952. In 2007, Marker was given the title "Music Man of Long Beach" by the city council. And for 47 years, the LBJCB was part of the Hollywood Christmas Parade. The 2009 version of the event, which took place Nov. 29, airs Thursday and features--you guessed it --Marker.
The group was scheduled to rehearse tonight and Thursday and perform Saturday at the Bell Holiday Parade.