SOUTH PORTLAND – The South Portland High School marching band will hold its home show on Saturday, Sept. 27, starting at 6 p.m., when the band from Old Orchard Beach also takes the field.

This year, the South Portland band has chosen selections from “The Mummy” and “The Mummy Returns” as its competition score. The marching band season begins on Sept. 20 and ends with the state finals on Nov. 1.

As the host band, the musicians from South Portland are scheduled to take the field last on Sept. 27, at about 7:45 p.m. The band’s performance will be followed by a special appearance from the University of Maine band, which is scheduled to take the field at 8 p.m.

For the past two years, while construction was going on at the high school, the marching band has held its annual camp at Dyer Elementary School, but this year the band was back on its home turf.

The marching band includes about 75 students, including musicians, the color guard and a drum major. The band is under the direction of Craig Skeffington and is led this year by drum major Cole Lemelin.

Last season, the South Portland band brought home another gold medal for its efforts. The upcoming marching band show at the high school will feature seven bands, six from Maine, as well as the band from Dover High School in New Hampshire.

This week, the South Portland Music Boosters expressed their gratitude to the Dyer School Neighborhood for its “support and cooperation over the past two years.”

The boosters also extended an invitation to the neighborhood to “walk across the street for the Sept. 27 home show on Martin Field.”

– Kate Irish Collins

During its recent summer camp, the South Portland High School marching band began preparing for the upcoming competition circuit.  


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