Bringing pep with every step; Students perform for Super Bowl execs
LANCASTER – Despite six inches of newly fallen snow and temperatures at 17 degrees, Friday, Feb. 4, Lancaster High School students came trickling in one by one to practice for the event they had been anxiously awaiting for, performing in front of National Football League executives to kick-off Super Bowl weekend.
Missing four days of school, the kids showed much enthusiasm to go out and play, no matter what the weather conditions were.
About six to eight weeks ago, Lancaster Independent School District was contacted by a search committee for the NFL.
"We were told that the committee was in search of a band that would provide an electric college type atmosphere and that they heard about us in their search," said Band Director Adrian Bonner.
No stranger to the Super Bowl himself, Bonner was head drum major of Grambling State University Marching Band at Super Bowl XXXII in San Diego, Calif. in 1998.
"As a director you appreciate all performances but this one was special because we were selected over many other groups, including college bands."
The students were asked to actually be the "Pep Rally" to show some enthusiasm for football players, their families and executives in front of the Omni Mandalay Hotel at Las Colinas, temporary home of Super bowl Champions, The Green Bay Packers.
"Experience is always the best teacher, so as an educator I try to provide as many meaningful experiences that my students can cherish for a lifetime. Through these experiences students learn to perform under pressure, develop a consistent work ethic, and build relationships for future performances," said Bonner.
After de-icing the buses, everyone was ready to roll.
"It’s a good experience, there’s a first time for everything and I am glad to be part of it," said Sophmore Kaneisha Reed, who plays the clarinet.
Performing with cheer and pep in every step, the LHS band, Majorettes, Spinnettes Flag Squad and The Tigerettes Dance Team pulled off a successful, performance. Heating the outside air with their rhythm and soul, if only for 20 minutes time.
Afterwards, everyone was rewarded with a round of applause and hot chocolate back inside the hotel after posing for a few pictures with the surrounding crowd.
"We performed as a whole and had a great time," said Senior Dykel McQueen, who plays the tenor/sax.
On the bus ride back home, most students agreed it was cold but they wouldn’t give up the chance to perform for the NFL.
" Even though it was cold, it was still fun," said Senior Mia Christmen, majorette.
Performances like this only give the students more to look forward to.
"Our goal is to be on the field the next time the Super Bowl comes to the DFW metroplex," said Bonner.