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Marching to the Band The Hawaii

All-State Marching Band has been selected to perform in the 2011 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. The All-State band, composed of high school band students from across the state, will represent Hawaii in the world-famous holiday spectacular with their fantastic musical, marching and cultural artistry. The Hawaii All-State Marching Band is one of 10 bands selected for the 2011 Parade out of more than 150 applicants nationwide. The superior musical ability, marching and performance skills the group has displayed under the leadership of John Riggle and his team won them a slot in the legendary Parade that will see them step into the

Ahoy Pirates!

Thousands lined up in front of the Waikiki Community Center to apply as extras for “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.” Some of them got there as early as 2 a.m. Sande Alessi Casting of California started early last Saturday morning in its call for hundreds of extras in the fourth installment of the Disney action-adventure film series starring Johnny Depp. The film seeks men to play pirates, sailors and stand-ins, including authentic-looking scavenger types ages 18 to 60 of all ethnicities. It seeks men who are thin, tall, short or emaciated as well as those with huge noses, lazy eyes, grizzled and wrinkled faces, odd body types and missing limbs and teeth. The “Pirates” film will be shot on Kauai and Oahu this summer, wrapping up some time in August. The film is slated for release in summer 2011.

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