DHS band readies for Dallas
Local teens will be leaving Wildcat country for the land of cotton Tuesday when 76 De Soto High School musicians and performers head to Dallas. The band and flag team members are set to perform at the halftime show of the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 2. The group is in the process of making final preparation to make the trip a smooth one.
"This is a neat opportunity for the kids," said band director Justin Love. "We're taking quite a large group down. Principle Debbie Lynn, a nurse, a number of chaperones and about 50 or so family members will also be there to watch."
The efforts to make the trip to Dallas began earlier this year -- car washes, golf tournaments, and bake sales all .
De Soto residents can watch the students perform live at 1 p.m. on Channel 4 in Kansas City. The Cotton Bowl will be the first of three college bowl games broadcast that day.
The students will also be making some non-televised performances while in Dallas. On Dec. 31, they will be featured in a jazz band concert as part of the Cotton Bowl's New Year's Eve celebration for bands performing at the game.
New Year's Day they will be marching in the pre-game parade. The performances will be put on by a dozen other high school groups from across the country. Band members will also be competing in a music festival judged by a panel of national judges with the opportunity to collect awards along the way.
"Our expectation for the kids is to behave in a responsible way -- the same expectations that we have for them at school," Love said. "We will have tight guidelines for them, but they will have a little more freedom than they are accustomed to at school."
This is the third trip out-of-state for the band in the last five years.
The group will return home to De Soto the day after the game. Pictures of the Wildcat's performance will be available in two weeks.