When the Marching Ravens take the field at M&T Bank Stadium, two Dulaney High School students, sophomore Kayla Hill and junior Beka Stem, participate in the flute section.
The girls, both enthusiastic football fans, joined the Marching Ravens during the summer of 2011. They parade and march with the band on game days at M&T Bank Stadium, but the duty is not all glamour.
For instance, when the Ravens play a 1 p.m. Sunday game, the band meets at 8 a.m. for the bus ride from Brooklyn Park to Oriole Park at Camden Yards, where they hold a full practice on the parking lot in front of M&T before the band members get into uniform.
At 11:30 a.m., the band performs a 30-minute concert in front of Oriole Park. Then it's off to M&T for the pre-game and half-time shows.
Of course, watching the Baltimore Ravens from the band section near the goal post offers a great incentive, a great reward, for members of the all-volunteer Band.
The Marching Ravens practice every Wednesday, 7 to 10 p.m., at the Under Armour Performance Center at Ravens headquarters in Owings Mills.
Band President John Ziemann, in his 50th year with the band, holds auditions every Wednesday for flag line and instrumentalists
Both Dulaney High students say they abide by Ziemann's key rule, "high school band comes first" — and they often head straight from practice with Dulaney High School's Lion's Roar Marching Band to three hours of rehearsal with the Marching Ravens.
On Dec. 2, Hill and Stem participated in the Mayor's Christmas Parade through the streets of Hampden with Dulaney High, then went directly to the Ravens' game against the Steelers game.
In 2012 the girls were featured in Dulaney's yearbook, along with then-members Kenny MacDonald (2012) and Nathan Hector (2013) — both members of the sousaphone section.
Regarding the Marching Ravens, anyone 16 years of age or older can contact John Ziemann about an audition by calling 410-491-3778. Hill and Stem can tell you about the rewards of being one of Baltimore's Marching Ravens!
On another musical note, Calvert Hall College High School will present "Swingin' with Stafford," a one-night-only concert featuring world famous jazz trumpeter, Terell Stafford, along with the school's Big Band, Jazz Combo and Jazz Orchestra.
The concert will be held in the McManus Theatre on campus, 8102 Lasalle Road, Towson, at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 20. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door, and may be purchased by calling 410-825-4266, Ext. 153.
Terell Stafford has been hailed as one of the great trumpet players of our time.
Boy Scout Troop 832 had anticipated a camping trip to Assateague Island in November, but the effects of Superstorm Sandy wiped out the trip and left the Scouts without a "sandy" destination.
Burr Logan, assistant Scoutmaster, suggested the boys use the weekend instead to assist neighbors who might be cleaning up from the wind and rain.
The Troop will travel to Camden, N.J., on Dec. 13 to spend the night on the USS New Jersey. She's America's most decorated battleship, and a favorite "campsite" of the troop. They'll sit in Admiral Halsey's chair, stretch out on the bunks where sailors slept and climb into the gun turret.
December also brings the troop's annual Christmas party, before which they'll make quite a few casseroles for a local soup kitchen.