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    High School band expanding, playing in Providence

    Hull High School’s pep band will perform at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence during a break in next Sunday’s hockey game between the Providence Bruins and the Adirondack Phantoms. “It’s a great opportunity for the kids” and part of the plan to revive the music program, Ian Barkon, who’s in his second year as the school music teacher, said in an interview. He said the band — which grew from about 20 to 31 members in the past year — also plans to march in Hull’s Memorial Day Parade. “It’s a much smaller school system now, but we’re making small strides [to get back] to the tradition of the Marching Pirates and the pride in music that was very big in town.” Barkon was referring to the high school’s marching band from the 1970s, which at its height had 140 members and performed at the Cotton Bowl and the White House. The marching band disbanded in the mid-1980s due to budget cuts, but school administrators have pledged to rebuild the music program.