Music

The 323rd Army Band, "Fort Sam's Own," performs outside the Alamo. The band is scheduled to be deactived in 2019.
Carson Frame / American Homefront

The military has more than 130 bands with more than 6000 musicians. But their cost – about a half-billion dollars a year – has made them a target for budget cutters in Congress and at the Pentagon.

LaMarcus Miller (right) stars in 'Fallujah' as a young Marine who attempts suicide. Todd Strange portrays a fellow Marine who died in combat.
Keith Ian Polakoff / Long Beach Opera

One of the most intense episodes of the U.S.-Iraq conflict is the subject of a new opera premiering in Long Beach, California.