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Dulaney's Lion's Roar Marching Band performs at Sugar Bowl

Dulaney High School's Lion's Roar Marching Band performed during the Sugar Bowl half-time show in New Orleans. Calvert Hall College Alumni Association holds its annual Bull & Oyster Roast

Local parents watched the Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, on Wednesday, Jan. 2, but not merely to see the Louisville Cardinals battle the Florida Gators. Seventy-eight students from Dulaney High School's Lion's Roar Marching Band performed during the half-time show in a massed band comprised of marching bands from across the United States.

Twenty-one chaperones accompanied the color guard and instrumentalists, led by director Barry Chesky, on the five-day trip that began Sunday, Dec. 30. The band landed in the Louis Armstrong International Airport and their visit sped by as they experienced a boat ride on the riverboat Natchez, a trip to Mardi Gras World and a bus tour that included the French Quarter, Garden District, City Park, cemeteries and areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

On New Year's Eve the Lion's Roar played a breath-taking performance in Jackson Square. They then enjoyed dinner with bands from many other locations whose members had also traveled to New Orleans to play in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

Mr. Chesky summed up the excitement of the trip, saying, "The atmosphere at the Allstate Sugar Bowl was electric. Two great college football teams, two great college bands with their fans, and all the traditions associated with a BCS football game. I will never forget the reaction of the students when they walked into the Louisiana Superdome for the first time." During the half-time performance, the bands played "Born To Be Wild", "I Don't Wanna Stop" and "I Don't Care".

Denise Mengers and Greg Winton organized the chaperones and most of the trip planning. Willie Schammel and Brian Hubbert drove the rental truck full of instruments to Louisiana and home to Timonium. Many thanks to them, all the parent chaperones, and Lion's Roar Band Boosters co-presidents Kim and Randy Hall.

The Calvert Hall College Alumni Association will hold its annual Bull & Oyster Roast at the school on Saturday, Feb. 9 from 6 to 11pm. Features music and dancing with the sounds of "Mood Swings". Open to all, tickets are $40 per person, reserved tables of 10 available by calling the school's alumni office at 410-825-4251.

The Dulaney Valley Women's Club meets at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 1609 Kurtz Avenue, on the second Tuesday of each month at noon. Meetings include lunch, various speakers and presentations. For more information, call Jan Smith at 410-561-1129.

Heartiest congratulations to Pat and Rosalie Brennan on the celebration of their 50th anniversary on Jan. 5..

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