High school marching bands across Southern California–from Los Angeles to Manhattan Beach–have had their tubas stolen, and their music directors think they know why. There’s a banda bandit on the loose in Los Angeles. "The band is driven by the tuba and the drummer," Bill Roper, a professional tuba player explains to the [Associated Press.](http://www.freep.com/usatoday/article/53421518?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|Metro%20Detroit|s) "The tuba serves the time function and the bass function, and the rest of the band can’t exist without that."
Tubas Go Missing Near L.A., Blame the Mexican Banda Black Market
There's a banda bandit on the loose in Los Angeles.
By Jorge Rivas Apr 03, 2012