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Tah-DAHHHH!! Band Wins Contest

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NEW YORK — May 11, 1996, 10:07 a.m. EDT

In a dazzling achievement for a band only three years old, the Leesville Road High School band has wowed them on Broadway. The symphonic band outdid 22 competitors at the Heritage Festival Band Contest in New York, and brought the top award trophy back to Raleigh.

Under the direction of David S. Albert, the band has moved from its original 32 members to 110, divided into symphonic and concert bands.

And sweetening the event further, the band's color guard won the second-place award in its division.

"This is the highest achievement level we have had," Albert said.

During their three-day stay in the Big Apple they didn't only pucker up on the piccolos and oom-pah on the tubas. "They did the New York thing," according to Albert, "including going to Broadway shows."

Leesville Road High School opened three years ago to serve the burgeoning school population in northwest Wake County

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