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Darby senior to march with Orange Bowl band

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Hilliard Darby High School senior Lauren Cope will join some other Buckeyes at the Discover Orange Bowl on Friday, Jan. 3.

Cope, 17, will perform as a member of the 2013 All Star Invitational Marching Band consisting of marching band members from high schools throughout North America who auditioned and were selected to perform.

"I'm so excited to go and it will be a great experience to meet the other musicians," Cope said.

Cope began playing the piano at the age of 7. In the fifth grade, she began playing the clarinet. She continues to play both instruments.

She sent an audition tape of the Stamitz concerto as a piece for the clarinet and was selected to perform at the Orange Bowl, which is in Miami.

The matchup for the football game will be Ohio State and Clemson, the first meeting for the teams since the 1978 Sugar Bowl that cost legendary coach Woody Hayes his job after he struck a Clemson player.

Cope was slated to perform at the bowl months before the opponents were named.

"I wasn't expecting Ohio State to be there," she said. "I thought it would be Michigan State, but it will still be neat to see (the Buckeyes) play."

Cope will travel by herself from Columbus and must pay her own expenses.

She was scheduled to arrive in Miami Dec. 30 to allow for live rehearsals with the band.

Cope and the other band members have been practicing for the past several months, having received the music in advance.

"I'm excited but also nervous at the same time. It's a lot of work but it will be worth it," Cope said.

In addition to playing clarinet in the Darby marching band, Cope participates in the school's wind ensemble and jazz lab and is active in the women's chorale. She participates in the musical ministries of her church and is a member of the Columbus Youth Symphonic Band at Capital University.

Cope said she is interested in attending the Ohio State University, Capital University, the University of Oklahoma or Ohio Christian University.

Cope is the daughter of Robert and Debbie Cope of Hilliard.

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