The Ear heard from Julie Brown that under the leadership of Scott Cuthbert, "the Astoria Middle School marching band played 'The Eye of the Tiger,' the theme song of Rocky III, in the Long Beach (Wash.) Loyalty Days parade on May 12, and so impressed the judges that they won the second place trophy!"

According to Brown, they marched through town with about 20 other bands in the pouring rain. But - they had great motivation to get them through the soaking; after the parade, the kids planned to play laser tag.

Pictured, Brown's daughter, seventh grader Maggie Brown, playing her saxophone in the parade. Congratulations, Astoria Middle School marching band!

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