PAPILLION LA-VISTA (KPTM)- A local high school is showing that the Omaha area has the best marching bands. The high school band turned it on and had the stands rocking when it went in front of 60 thousand football fans in San Antonio Texas. Now the school band has bragging rights of being the best in the country.
Band members of the Papillion La-Vista South Sigh School marching band will remember the Alamo and for good reason. The Titans were one of 13 bands from across the country to perform during the halftime show for the 2013 Alamo Bowl Game.
"The adrenalin was amazing as we walked into the stadium with over 60,000 people is very breathe taking," said trombone player, Jase Hueser.
The band returned home, Thursday, as champions. It was a battle of the bands down in San Antonio. Papio-South swept its competition and was named the grand champion.
"I mean, we did incredible. We nailed it and I just felt so lucky that we were able to have that spot," said xylophone player, Kallie Ott.
Though, earning that top spot and all the gold wasn't easy.
"Through November and December we were out here in the cold on the football field. It was freezing. We were all bundled up because we had to practice so that we were ready," said piccolo player Jennifer Miller.
Ready they were—even beating their own expectations.
"It was our best performance of the year in the competition and then at the bowl game itself, their performance there was a notch higher," said band director, Bill Kellett.
"It's really gratifying seeing that our hard work was really proven down in Texas. And just hearing our name, Papillion La–Vista South, was just incredible," said Hueser.
Earning the grand champion title gave the Titans the opportunity to perform solo as the bowl game's pre–game entertainment. The band also received first place in five other portions of the competition while in San Antonio.
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