The Papillion-La Vista South High School Titan Marching Band returned home Thursday afternoon after performing at Monday's Alamo Bowl in San Antonio.
Dozens of parents waited to greet the arrival of the band. Four buses full of teens and equipment pulled up to the school over the lunch hour. Some of the band members, fresh from the Texas heat, arrived to our single-digit temperatures wearing shorts.
The band competed against 13 other high school bands from across the country to determine who would have the honor of performing during the pre-game show to an audience of more than 60,000 people. The band was named the Grand Champion, which earned them the honor.
They also received first place honors in Class AAA and all caption awards including Outstanding Drum Majors, Outstanding Auxiliary, Outstanding Percussion, Outstanding Marching and Outstanding Music.
The band performed “Mediterranean Rhythms” just before kickoff at the Alamodome in the game between Oregon and Texas. The Ducks won, 30-7.
The halftime finale featured the Titan Marching Band along with other high school marching bands, cheer squads and dance teams performing together on the field.
Arriving back home Thursday afternoon, band member Jennifer Miller said, “I'm just going to focus on what's in front of me, not think about it so I don't freak myself out.”
Kallie Ott told us, “I had a solo right away when we started. I was worried about messing it up in front of 65,000 people. I ended up nailing it.”
While in Texas, the students did some sightseeing. Chaperon Suzanne Lepkowski shared the above photo with WOWT 6 News of the students in front of the Alamo.