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Dobbs Ferry Band Gets 15 Minutes Of Fame In 'Birdman'

The Marching Cobras of New York can be seen in this 'Birdman' clip.
The Marching Cobras of New York can be seen in this 'Birdman' clip. Video Credit: foxsearchlight
The Marching Cobras of New York.
The Marching Cobras of New York. Photo Credit: Courtesy photo

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. -- Hollywood fans may be readying themselves for the winners and losers of the Golden Globes on Sunday, but one group in Dobbs Ferry is already happy with the results.

The Marching Cobras of New York, a band comprised of at-risk adolescents including a major contingent from St. Christopher’s , an organization dedicated to helping teens with emotional, behavioral and learning disabilities, provide the backdrop for the final scene of "Birdman." The movie, starring Michael Keaton, received seven Golden Globe nominations.

"Birdman," a comedic drama about a washed-up actor trying to make a comeback, received nods for Best Comedy, Best Screenplay and Best Director, Alejandro G. Inarritu. Keaton received a Best Dramatic Actor nomination, with actors Emma Stone and Edward Norton recognized for their supporting work.

The Marching Cobras' 15 minutes of fame began months ago when location scouts came to visit and happened to catch the group practicing.

“They were impressed by the talent, enthusiasm and dedication of the members and contacted me to see if it would be possible to include the band in a film they were working on," said St. Christopher’s CEO Dr. Robert Maher. "We thought it was a unique opportunity to highlight the band members and readily agreed.

“We knew 'Birdman' was in contention for some nominations, so we were all watching when the Golden Globe nominations were made,” he said. “I don’t think there was louder cheering for any nominee than was heard here in Dobbs Ferry.

"It is truly special for our children to have even a small part in this tremendous film," Maher added. "We owe a debt of gratitude to the location scouts and everyone associated with the making of this movie. Now we can’t wait for awards night!”

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