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Maumee Marching Pride Named Grand Champion In Competition

Abi Smalley of the Maumee Marching Pride performs at the September 29 football game at Anthony Wayne High School. MIRROR PHOTO BY ART WEBER
Jacob Best plays the baritone saxophone with the Marching Pride. The band will host an upcoming competition at Kazmaier Stadium and also perform in Swanton and Dayton.

BY NANCY GAGNET | MIRROR REPORTER — The Maumee Marching Pride may not be big in size, but the band has heart, says director Eric Boswell. “We’re small, but mighty,” Boswell said. Recently, the 52-member student band took part in three competitions sanctioned by the OMEA or Ohio Music Education Association, the state’s marching band governing body, where the band received excellent, superior and grand champion ratings. “We may not be the biggest band out there, but these are an outstanding group of students and I’m really happy with the leadership team. They are really stepping up,” Boswell said. Band members begin conditioning to prepare for the season at the beginning of summer. The competition routine usually lasts 10 minutes and is perfected throughout the season. This year’s show, titled “Lost Boys,” features a ballad, unique visuals and more while telling the story of what the Lost Boys are doing while Peter Pan is gone, Boswell said. “It takes quite a lot of work and it’s much more extensive then the type of performance they do on a typical Friday,” he added. The alumni band members can join the band at this weekend’s homecoming pregame show. The band will host the Music in Motion band competition at Richard Kazmaier Stadium on Saturday, October 14. The band will also take part in a competition at Swanton High School on Saturday, October 21 and the OMEA State Finals on Sunday, October 29 at the University of Dayton.

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