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Zachary Taylor’s sousaphone gives the PHS marching band its “oompah” as members practice their “Willy Wonka” field show during band camp Friday afternoon. Photo by Jim McGaw.

PHS band finding that ‘Oompah’ Loompa sound

PHS band finding that ‘Oompah’ Loompa sound

PORTSMOUTH — There should be a lot of little people roaming around the Portsmouth High School football field soon. “We’re doing ‘Willy Wonka’ — old school with Gene Wilder,” said PHS band director Ted Rausch, as he directed the 150-member marching band through formations at band camp last week. Last year’s theme for the marching band’s

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.

Picture-perfect prank in Portsmouth

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

Senior Josh Warburton competes in the march-off Friday at band camp. Band members were asked to dress in period outfits, and Josh depicted a greaser from the '50s.

This one time, at Portsmouth band camp … (photo gallery)

PORTSMOUTH — As high school band director, Ted Rausch is prepared for any crisis that comes his way. Take sophomore Ryan Lee’s emergency during a break in band camp Friday. “Um, how do you get red syrup off a saxophone?” asked Ryan, shortly after treating himself to some ice cream and toppings that had been donated