Wednesday, December 29, 2004
Band student dies after practice: "A Texas high school band member rehearsing for performances in this week's Fiesta Bowl events collapsed Tuesday morning during drills at Phoenix's Central High School and died a short time later, authorities said. Robert Michael Plumlee, 15, who was believed to have suffered a heart attack, was pronounced dead at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center shortly after collapsing about 9:15 a.m., investigators said. Plumlee, a sophomore xylophonist with the James Bowie High School Outdoor Performing Ensemble in Austin, was preparing to appear at Tuesday night's Insight Bowl at Bank One Ballpark and at Friday's Fort McDowell Fiesta Bowl Parade. The ensemble also was scheduled to compete against 13 bands in a national championship on Thursday."