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Members of the 212 Regiment Marching Band perform this summer during the Western Fest parade in Granite Falls. The 212 Regiment Marching Band is believed to be one of only a handful of paired high school marching bands in the state. The band recently was invited to perform in the nation's capital as part of the 2010 Memorial Day Parade. (Submitted photo)

Monte, YME find success with paired 212 Regiment Marching Band

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MONTEVIDEO -- They all knew the melody: Rural schools are finding it increasingly difficult to keep quality marching band programs going in the face of tight budgets.


What they didn't know was the harmony: Could two high schools combine their marching bands when they've been long-time rivals and prided themselves on their distinct traditions?

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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