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Broken Arrow High School Marching Band performs during the Oklahoma Bandmasters Association Class 6A State Marching Band Championships in Broken Arrow. Alonzo Adams/for the Tulsa World

Veterans are invited to a sendoff performance on Monday as The Pride of Broken Arrow heads to a national competition with its 2018 contest show, “THE United States of America.”

Gates at Broken Arrow High School Memorial Stadium will open at 8:30 p.m. and the marching band will perform its state championship show in its entirety at 9 p.m.

The exhibition serves as a canned food drive to benefit Broken Arrow Neighbors. There is no charge for admission, but a canned food donation is requested.

This year’s show is a tribute to the United States, featuring music with patriotic themes including John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever,” Morton Gould’s “American Salute,” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “Seventy-Six Trombones” and “America the Beautiful.”

Special seating will be reserved for veterans, and those who have served the country will be recognized prior to the show.

This sendoff will be the final chance for Pride fans to see “THE United States of America” in its entirety before Broken Arrow travels to the Bands of America Grand Nationals in Indianapolis. Broken Arrow, a three-time Grand Nationals champion, is scheduled to compete in preliminary rounds Friday. The top bands will advance to semifinals and finals on Saturday.

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