Maple March­ing Li­ons go Broad­way

Dorchester Star - - FRONT PAGE - By DUSTIN HOLT [email protected]­pub.com

CAM­BRIDGE — The Maple Ele­men­tary School March­ing Li­ons made a trip to Broad­way to per­form on the field dur­ing the New York Jets home foot­ball game at MetLife Sta­dium Sun­day, Dec. 23, against the Green Bay Pack­ers.

The per­for­mance fol­lows the band’s 2017 show dur­ing a Bal­ti­more Ravens game. The band de­parted for the game at about 4 a.m. af­ter meet­ing at the school. When it ar­rived, the band per­formed for fans around the tail­gate par­ties, then took cen­ter stage on the field for more than 80,000 fans at the game.

“They are very tal­ented, and I want them to have this ex­pe­ri­ence on the big stage to show­case how good they are,” said Band Di­rec­tor Ray Wash­ing­ton. “I want them to do th­ese big per­for­mance, and en­joy be­ing in the spot­light. They al­ways do an awe­some job”

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,” and many lo­cal pa­rades.

“Peo­ple dream about go­ing to New York and play­ing on Broad­way,” said Prin­ci­pal Jerome Stover. “This is an op­por­tu­nity of a life­time to go to New York and per­form at an NFL game. We are su­per proud of them be­cause they have worked re­ally, re­ally hard to get th­ese great op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

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 Ele­men­tary.

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 full-time ca­reer in ed­u­ca­tion. He was awarded with the first Glo­ria Richard­son Award in Fe­bru­ary, and was hon­ored by Gov. Larry Ho­gan in July.

The Maple Band Boost­ers hosted two fundrais­ers in Novem­ber to pay for the trip’s travel ex­pen­sive.

Wash­ing­ton thanked the par­ents, vol­un­teers and the com­mu­nity for sup­port­ing the band.

“The com­mu­nity has been big sup­port­ers of us,” he said. “We are very thank­ful they come to­gether for the kids so the kids can do th­ese per­for­mances.”

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

The Maple Ele­men­tary School March­ing Li­ons per­form on the field at MetLife Sta­dium dur­ing the New York Jets game Sun­day, Dec. 23.

The Maple Ele­men­tary School March­ing Li­ons per­form prior to the New York Jets game Sun­day, Dec. 23, at MetLife Sta­dium.

<span>The Maple Ele­men­tary School March­ing Li­ons per­form on the field at MetLife Sta­dium dur­ing the New York Jets game Sun­day, Dec. 23.</span>

CON­TRIB­UTED PHO­TOS

The Maple Ele­men­tary School March­ing Li­ons per­form on the field at MetLife Sta­dium dur­ing the New York Jets game Sun­day, Dec. 23.

The Maple Ele­men­tary School March­ing Li­ons per­form prior to the New York Jets game Sun­day, Dec. 23, at MetLife Sta­dium.

The Maple Ele­men­tary School March­ing Li­ons per­form prior to the New York Jets game Sun­day, Dec. 23, at MetLife Sta­dium.

The Maple Ele­men­tary School March­ing Li­ons per­form prior to the New York Jets game Sun­day, Dec. 23, at MetLife Sta­dium.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.