By Alex Haglund
NCHS Music Department Head Steve Browne was present at the Nashville Community High School Board’s regular meeting for February, held on the evening of Monday, February 26, and shared the exciting news that the NCHS Marching Band had been invited to play at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on New Year’s Day, 2019.
Browne told the board that the band had previous put in an application to play at bowl games in the past, and had been invited to play at the Gator Bowl.
Unfortunately, the band was already making the trip to play at Carnegie Hall in New York City that year, and a musical production (Shrek) was planned for the stage. So, after discussing it with the Music Boosters, Browne regretfully declined and said the thought that would be the end of it.
Then in January, a representative from the group that helps book bands for events like the Bowl games got back in touch with Browne and told him that an invitation was still on, “only they wanted us for the Sugar Bowl, which is a much bigger game,” Browne said. “It was kind of a nice surprise.”
Browne said that as it was, the trip to play at the Sugar Bowl would be at no cost to the district. The base price to go is about $900 per student.
Browne said that he had already met with the Music Boosters about the opportunity and they had told him that they would work to attempt to get the price down to about $500 per student instead.
While February is still early on in this process, School Board member Randy Schwartzkopf told Browne that he manages the demolition derbies at the County Fair and stated that if band students could volunteer to sell tickets, they could do 50-50 drawings at the derbies to raise funds – Browne assured Schwartzkopf that he would get students to come out for that.