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Portsmouth residents to march in Macy’s Parade

By   /  November 27, 2013  /  Schools  /  No Comments

Ryan Blythe and Hannah Lafleur (first two, from left) of Portsmouth, members of the University of Massachusetts Marching Band, will be appearing in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Thursday. They're posing with bandmates Katherine Flanagan and Nate Woods.

PORTSMOUTH — If you look closely enough, you may see a couple of familiar faces in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City Thursday morning. The University of Massachusetts Marching Band, which includes Hannah Lafleur and Ryan Blythe from Portsmouth, was one of only two college bands selected to appear in the morning parade. […]

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Picture-perfect prank in Portsmouth

By   /  November 19, 2013  /  Schools  /  No Comments

Flutist Alanna Shea plays themes from “Star Wars” during the band’s halftime show Friday night. She was one of about 50 seniors who pranked band director Ted Rausch, whose photographic image replaced her plume. Photo by Richard W. Dionne Jr.

PORTSMOUTH — The annual senior pranks endured by Portsmouth High School band director Ted Rausch, while sometimes embarrassing to him, were at least performed away from the public spotlight. That all changed Friday night. During their “Star Wars”-themed halftime show in front of hundreds at Friday night’s big football win over Barrington, senior musicians suddenly removed […]

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Portsmouth High band thrills elementary school students

By   /  October 28, 2013  /  Schools  /  No Comments

"Star Wars" character Chewbacca gives some Melville School students a big hug Friday.

PORTSMOUTH — Members of the Portsmouth High School Marching Band made their annual visit to Hathaway and Melville elementary schools Friday morning, offering the younger students a private performance as well as some audience participation. This year was special, however, as the band has adopted a “Star Wars” theme for its field show. Chewbacca, a Stormtrooper […]

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Portsmouth Homecoming Parade steps off Saturday

By   /  September 27, 2013  /  News  /  No Comments

The Portsmouth High School Marching Band, shown here in the 375th Celebration parade last month, will step off for the Homecoming Parade at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

PORTSMOUTH – Portsmouth High School’s Homecoming Parade steps off around 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the corner of East Main Road and Patriots Drive. The parade will head south on East Main Road toward Turnpike Avenue, then continue west on Turnpike to Memorial Drive, where it will conclude at the football field by around 1 […]

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Road closures for today’s Portsmouth 375th parade

By   /  August 31, 2013  /  News  /  No Comments

The Portsmouth High School Marching Band, seen here performing at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket earlier this year, will be participating in the Portsmouth 375th parade today.

PORTSMOUTH — Whether you’re going to the Portsmouth 375th parade today (Aug. 31) or not, you’ll want to know about the road closures announced by police: • East Main Road (for southbound traffic) will be closed just prior to the start of the parade at Patriots Drive. • East Main Road (for northbound traffic) will be closed […]

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Portsmouth 375th parade steps off Saturday

By   /  August 29, 2013  /  News  /  No Comments

The Portsmouth High School Marching Band will feature prominently in Saturday's parade.

PORTSMOUTH — The big, Gala Weekend is finally here. The Portsmouth 375th Committee has lots of tap for this weekend, which actually starts early — today, Aug. 29 — when a reception to greet the lord major of Portsmouth, England, Councillor Lynne Stagg, gets underway at the Glen Manor House from 5-7 p.m. Mayors from the […]

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