Marching Chieftains heading to Alamo Bowl
The Tonganoxie High School Marching Chieftains will catch an interesting college football game next Wednesday.
OSU will take on OSU.
That's Oklahoma State versus Ohio State.
Under the direction of Charles VanMiddlesworth, the Marching Chieftains are headed to their second bowl in three years. In 2002, the band participated in the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tenn.
This year's destination -- the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio -- should bring better weather. Even if the Lone Star State has unseasonably cold weather, the game will be indoors at the Alamo Dome.
"And we won't get rained on or snowed on," VanMiddlesworth said, noting the cold conditions that the band and its entourage endured at the Liberty Bowl.
The band will head south on Sunday to San Antonio. Once there, the Marching Chieftains will participate with seven other high school bands at halftime of the Alamo Bowl. But THS also will be involved in other competitions, including field show, parade and jazz ensemble.
At the Liberty Bowl, jazz bands participated in a clinic, but this year they'll actually be compete against other bands.
"The one thing that is really neat about this one is there's going to be a total of eight bands," VanMiddlesworth said. "Of course, Tonganoxie is going to be represented and we're really going to go down there to compete and to just give 100 percent and to go down there and do our best."
During their time in Memphis two years ago, Tonganoxie also was one of eight bands, but only three competed in competitions.
Band members hope to bring home more trophies this year, but will compete against seven bands instead of two.
Clint Black was the headliner for the Liberty Bowl as bands accompanied the country-music artist.
This year, the bands will be the main event.
VanMiddlesworth urged Tonganoxie residents to tune into the Alamo Bowl at 7 p.m. next Wednesday on ESPN (Sunflower Broadband Channel 32).
It's possible that viewers can catch a few glimpses of the THS band.
"The things is they might show television coverage on bands performing and everyone should look for the red and white," VanMiddlesworth said. "We'll probably stand out with the red and white."
The trip won't be all about work.
VanMiddlesworth plans to take band members to the Alamo, the River Walk and Hard Rock Cafe.
"I know the kids are real excited about going," VanMiddlesworth said.