The roar of our Dulaney Lions was heard all the way down in New Orleans when the Dulaney High School marching band took part in the Sugar Bowl festivities over the New Year's weekend.
Almost 60 members of the Lion's Roar Marching Band, under the direction of Barry Chesky and with the guidance of senior drum major Bradley Stansbury and junior drum major Vaani Shah, enjoyed participating in a full slate of events.
First up, marching in a televised Mardi Gras-style Sugar Bowl parade that rolled through the French Quarter along the Mississippi River and past iconic landmarks such as The Old U.S. Mint, the French Market, Cafe du Monde, and Jackson Square. Members of the band also enjoyed a steamboat river cruise and attending a jazz performance at Preservation Hall.
They rounded out the visit by performing, along with 13 other high school marching bands from across the country at halftime during the Sugar Bowl, which featured the Oklahoma Sooners defeating the Auburn Tigers by a score of 35-19.
A great time was had by all the students, chaperons and parents who made the trip.
The Lion's Roar have been enjoying a busy and successful season with appearances in the 43rd Annual Mayor's Christmas Parade in Baltimore, the Alsatia Mummers Parade in Hagerstown, the Save-A-Limb Fest at Oregon Ridge Park and the Grand Parade at the Maryland State Fair.
March on, Lions!
Another familiar face was spotted at the Sugar Bowl during the game when Orlando Brown, Jr. took the field for Oklahoma University. Orlando, a former Cockeysville resident and Pot Spring Elementary School alumni, is the starting left tackle for the Sooners and is a part of one of the best college football offenses in the country. This year, Orlando was named to the First-Team All-Big 12 as well as being named Big 12 Lineman of the Year.
As a student at Pot Spring Elementary, Orlando towered over everyone, including his teachers, so it's no surprise that he now stands at 6 feet, 8 inches and 340 pounds! Orlando is following in his father's footsteps, Orlando Brown, Sr., also an offensive tackle who played in the NFL from 1993 until 2005 with both the Baltimore Ravens and the Cleveland Browns. Orlando, Sr. tragically passed away in 2011 at just 40 years old and young Orlando and his family moved to Georgia to finish out his high school career.
He was heavily recruited before deciding on Oklahoma and looks to make his mark in the NFL before long.
Congratulations to Orlando and no doubt we'll be watching him play for years to come.