TOPS IN ARTS 2012: North county cultural scene year in review

lip dub

Crestview High School students expressed school spirit in Ben White Jr.’s lip dub video, which received nearly 200,000 YouTube hits.

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Published: Friday, December 28, 2012 at 05:27 PM.

CRESTVIEW — The north county’s artistic and cultural renaissance continued in 2012.

School visual and performing arts thrived, a new performing arts series celebrated its first year, and a new organization linked the business and cultural communities.

Here are my picks for 2012’s top five stories.

1.  Big Red Machine marches in Rose Parade

After 14 months of preparation, the Crestview High School band represented the city, Okaloosa County and Northwest Florida in the Jan. 2 Tournament of Roses Rose Parade.

The adventure began with a September 2010 phone call to CHS band director Jody Dunn, who recalled he didn’t recognize the number on his caller ID and took the call out of curiosity.

“I thought it was a joke,” Dunn said. “I had to call back the next day to make sure it was real.”

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