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Pride of Madawaska meet Maine senators

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King welcomed members of the Pride of Madawaska Band to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Jan. 18. The middle and high school students are in the nation’s capital to participate in 2017 presidential inauguration activities.

The band were scheduled to perform in the inauguration welcome concert at the Lincoln Memorial today, Thursday, Jan. 19. The Pride of Madawaska is one of only 12 bands to perform at the concert and the only band from Maine to participate in inauguration celebration events this year.

“We are so glad that these talented students have this opportunity to visit our nation’s capital, and we are extremely proud that they will be representing the state of Maine in this year’s inauguration festivities,” said Collins and King in a joint statement. “The fact that the Pride of Madawaska will be one of just 12 bands performing at the inauguration concert tomorrow reflects the band members’ hard work and countless hours of practice.”

The Pride of Madawaska has been the concert and marching band of the Madawaska Middle/High School since 1953. It is currently led by band director Ben Meiklejohn.

The band will play Maine’s official march, “Dirigo March,” along with “Born Free” and the “Main Street America” march.

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