Performing for the Pros
Marching Lions raising money for NFL trip
CAMBRIDGE — The Maple Elementary School Marching Lions continue to go big places with an NFL appearance on the schedule for the second consecutive year.
The band is scheduled to perform during the Green Bay Packers at New York Jets game on Sunday, Dec. 23. The NFL performance follows the band’s 2017 show during a Baltimore Ravens game.
To make the trip, the Maple Band Boosters will be hosting two fundraisers over the next two weeks to pay for the travel expenses.
The first fundraiser will be a yard sale from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, in the Maple Elementary parking lot, 5225 Egypt Road in Cambridge. The second fundraiser will be bingo at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at the Cambridge Elks Lodge 1272, 5464 Elks Lodge Road in Cambridge.
“I want to take the kids to something big each year,” said Maple Band Director Ray Washington. “They are very talented, and work extremely hard that I want them to be on a big stage so they can showcase to everyone how great they are.
“The community has been big supporters of us, and we need the community’s help for our trip,” he said. “These two fundraisers will be big in helping us covering the cost to make the trip to New York City. We invite everyone out to support the trip for the kids.”
The yard sale is free admission. Vendors can have a table for $15 and two tables for $25. Tables can be reserved by calling Debbie Todd at 701-340-2550 or by emailing email@example.com.
Doors open at 1 p.m. for the Sunday, Nov. 18, bingo with games beginning at 2 p.m. Admission is $30 with only 200 seats available.
Admission includes nine cards and 15 games of cash Bingo. Additional cards, pull-tabs, special Bingo games and a jackpot game also will be available for purchase. Payouts will be $100 on regular games and special games 50/50 and $500 for the jackpot.
Food, beverages and back goods will be available for purchase. For bingo tickets call Ashley Robinson at 443-5214646 or Traci at 410-330-3724.
Businesses and community members also can make donations via checks made out to “Maple Band Boosters.” For more information about making a donation call Robinson at 443-521-4646.
“It gets the kids pumped up performing to such a large crowd at an NFL game,” Washington said. “It is a reward for their hard work. They did such a great job last year at the Ravens game that we wanted to take them somewhere big again.”
The Marching Lions performed earlier this fall at the Morgan State University homecoming festivities. They achieved great heights in 2017 when they performed on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” along with in many local parades.
Washington has loved music since childhood, and said band was his favorite part of school since he was a fourth-grade student at Maple Elementary. After graduating from Morgan State, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in music, he enjoyed a 10-year career as a DJ before moving back to Cambridge and taking a substitute position at Maple Elementar y.
His connection with the students grew, and when the music teacher position became available in his second year, he decided to move forward with a fulltime career in education. He was awarded with the first Gloria Richardson Award in February, and was honored by Gov. Larry Hogan in July.
Maple Elementary Marching Lions drummers Malachi Young, left, Kambren Wongus and Ja’Naya Stanley perform at the Dorchester County Public Schools welcome back event for teachers Thursday, Aug. 23, at Cambridge-South Dorchester High School.