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Sessions from Studio A - The Rooks

May 17, 2018
Carl Nelson / WNIJ

The Rooks perform "Bury Me Deep" in WNIJ's Studio A.

The Rooks perform "Secrets" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Find The Rooks online at therooksband.com.

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Matt Marks, a young composer, musician and founding member of the contemporary music ensemble Alarm Will Sound, died suddenly Friday, May 11. The group made an announcement Saturday on Twitter, with no cause of death given. Marks was 38.

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