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Recent AHS Grad to Make Documentary

J.C. Chang is seeking $5,555 in donations to fund a documentary about history of band and color guard.

J.C. Chang has already created a video tribute to retiring band director Tom Landes.

Now, he needs to raise about $4,000 dollars in less than a month to finish a feature-length documentary chronicling the AHS Band and Color Guard's 60-year history and lasting impact on students. A recent AHS alum, Chang has already filmed more than 1,000 hours of footage and logged more than 30 interviews for "Tradition of Excellence."

The 3 1/2-minute teaser video above gives a taste of how entertaining and powerful this film will be. The clip boasts an introduction by Chang and terrific shots of the band's performances during the 2011-12 season, along with powerful interviews of current and former band members.

You can make a contribution through the Kickstarter fundraising site, where Chang has raised more than $1,400 towards an all-or-nothing goal of $5,555.

Chang posts updates on the film and other cinema-related news on his Facebook page and video updates on YouTube.

Read more by Scott Hettrick at ArcadiasBest.com.

Hettrick's City Views blog is not intended to reflect any position of the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce, where he is Executive Director.

Gene Glasco February 27, 2012 at 03:23 PM
My interview with "J.C." renewed many fond memories of my youth 1964-65 playing second trombone in Arcadia High School's Marching Band. Mr. Hoar, our beloved Band Director, was a perfectionist with occasional military-like expectations; no doubt a result of service to his country in the United States Marine Corps Band. Sandra, my sister, was an Apache Princess in the late Fifties, and, unlike me, a Gold Seal Graduate.
Natalie Ragus February 27, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Gene, I didn't realize you played Trombone! Do you still have the magic? : )

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