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LaDarrius Slater, 11, plays the cymbals during band practice at the Howard School. Photo by Jake Daniels/Times Free Press LaDarrius Slater, 11, plays the cymbals during band practice at the Howard School. Photo by Jake Daniels/Times Free Press

CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -- Pride and good intentions can take you only so far. Then you need a little duct tape.

The Howard School band has a proud tradition, boasting as many as 150 members in its heyday and performing at such prestigious events as Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

Today the band is down to 30 members, with just 15 instruments among them.

What instruments they do have are two decades old, some held together with the ubiquitous gray tape. With others, such as the saxophones, student musicians must watch constantly to make sure parts don't fall off.

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