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Trumpeters Matt DePamphilis, Patrick Aheasy and Jake Elmslie perform with the PHS Symphonic Band Thursday night.

The show goes on in Portsmouth (photo gallery)

The show goes on in Portsmouth (photo gallery)

PORTSMOUTH — They didn’t have their lead director, but the Portsmouth High School concert and symphonic bands still made a lot of music-lovers happy Thursday night. Assistant band director Donna Valente took the baton in place of Ted Rausch, whose father died Wednesday. “We’d like to dedicate tonight’s performance to Mr. Ed Rausch Sr.,” said Ms.

“We’re lucky enough that the president of the United Sates invites us to play in his front yard. That’s how great we are,” said Ralph Craft, a parent volunteer in the high school music program. The PHS Marching Band performed in President Barack Obama’s second inaugural parade in January 2013.

Portsmouth art, music programs strongly supported

PORTSMOUTH — Hanging outside the Portsmouth High School auditorium is a photograph, entitled “Blue Reflection,” of which Cara Higgins is very proud. It’s hers, and was one of 19 works by PHS students this year to win a R.I. Art Education Association scholastic art award — the most earned by any district in the state. Her voice