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U-Md wins CBS's 'Hawaii Five-0' theme-song band performance derby

CBS announced on "Hawaii Five-0" Monday night that the University of Maryland had won its "Hawaii Five-0" Marching Band Mania contest.

The band's winning performance of the cop show remake's iconic theme song beat out bands at such institutions of higher learning as Yale, University of Hawaii, Notre Dame, and Texas State U, among others.

The band performed the plug for the new series - a remake of the old Jack Lord starrer -- in front a packed 75,000-seat Raven Stadium during the Maryland vs. Navy game on Sept. 6. Then they uploaded the taped performance to CBS's web site to help drive traffic there, as people went to vote for their fave performance. Then of course, the band contributed a few hundred more viewers to Monday's episode as members, family and friends, including hopefully some Nielsen homes, sat glued to the show until the winner was announced with just minutes of action left to go on the episode.

In return, CBS is giving the band $25,000 in prize money -- which, the university said Tuesday, would pay for a portion of the cost of replacing the band members' 13-year-old uniforms.

"Being chosen to be the champion of this contest has put us up there with athletic teams as we waited NCAA-style to find out who was getting the call," Richmond Sparks, the university's director of bands, said Tuesday in a statement.

Here's the winning performance:

By Lisa de Moraes  | October 12, 2010; 10:46 AM ET
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Maryland students are celebrating in their usual style, by burning couches in College Park.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | October 12, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

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