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Posted at 12:08 AM ET, 10/12/2010

U-Md. marching band wins $25,000 challenge with 'Book em Danno'

By Valerie Strauss

The University of Maryland marching band won $25,000 in a national competition, the Hawaii Five-0 Marching Band Madness, it was announced late Monday.

The band, called the Mighty Sound of Maryland, won with a performance in which it first spelled out Hawaii Five-0, and then “Book em Danno.” If you don’t know what that means, you never watched "Hawaii Five-0" on television.

Watch the performance video above -- it’s a hoot.

Not a bad way to win $25,000.

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By Valerie Strauss  | October 12, 2010; 12:08 AM ET
Categories:  University of Maryland  | Tags:  000, band challenge, book em danno, hawaii 5 0, hawaii five-0, maryland $25, maryland marching band, maryland wins, maryland wins $25, um marching, umaryland wins, university of maryland  
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What dismissive, "cutesy" remarks! A "hoot"? I am a UM grad and a 36-year UM employee. If I had $5 for every time I drove to College Park before 8 a.m. in the morning and saw the marching band already out practicing, I would be a wealthy UM employee. (Almost impossible in the state of MD). That band works hard on any day and has been honored for a lot of appearances and I am sure they worked even harder for this. They won out over 32 other college bands nationwide. They hoped to win so as to buy new band uniforms. It must have been a dry news day for you to look for cheap gratification by disparaging their accomplishment.

Posted by: Frustratededucator | October 12, 2010 1:41 AM | Report abuse

To the poster above, get a life.

Posted by: thedude1974 | October 12, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Congratulations to the Mighty Sound of Maryland! GO TERPS GO!!

Posted by: pickles2 | October 12, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

As a recent alum of the MSOM, I am really proud of what the band has accomplished. This is a group of good kids that work harder than most on campus. While most are enjoying their last week of summer vacation, members of the band arrive early and practice for nearly 12 hours a day to be prepared for the start of football season. As you can see by the performance above, it is time well spent. Thank you to the staff and the students for working so hard and bringing positive attention to the school. You guys are truly the Best Band in the Land! Go Terps!

Posted by: Terpgirl1 | October 12, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

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