Sandwiched between the cowbells of Mississippi State and the Hawkeyes of Iowa City, Tampa’s Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day will have a Wiregrass flavor.
The Daleville High School Marching Band will entertain fans of both schools at halftime on the field of Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. The game will begin at 11 a.m. central time and the Daleville band should be on the field around 12:15. The game will be televised on ESPN2.
Band Director Mark Nichols said the band was selected to march at halftime after filling out an application and sending associated video and audio.
The halftime performance is only part of the activities scheduled for the group. The band will compete in jazz band, concert band, marching band and marching percussion competitions in Tampa and will also march in the city’s New Year’s Eve parade, which will also be judged competitively.
“There is an incredible amount of music we have had to learn in prepping for this event,” Nichols said.
The trip is one of many taken by Daleville’s band over the past 15 years. Past trips include New York, Toronto, Chicago and St. Louis. The band marched in the 2009 Cotton Bowl in Dallas.
“Any time you take students out of their normal, everyday surroundings it is always a good opportunity to experience new things and a great way to be educated,” Nichols said.
About 90 people will make the trip, paid for through various fundraisers.
The band will spend three nights and four days away from Daleville.