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Local bands are Outback Bowl bound

Fresh off a state championship in football, the Northside High School band is headed to another big game, this time down in Tampa, Florida.

Fifty band students will travel to the Outback Bowl to perform in the halftime show and take in some sights at Busch Gardens during New Year’s Eve.

Those who are attending the game have to spend part of their Christmas break rehearsing.

Chuck Herron, director of bands, said after spending time at an NFL stadium for the state high school championship game, he has no qualms about his students in front of college bowl game fans.

“They’re going to be fine,” he said.

Because the game will be played at Raymond James Stadium, home of the NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the theme for the halftime show will be pirate songs.

Part of the music will be from the movie, “Pirates of the Caribbean.” They also will play an Armed Forces medley.

“I’m looking forward to experiencing the atmosphere and being around people who have the same passion for band,” sophomore Rachael Chafin said.

She and fellow trumpet player Will King both said they are excited about attending the game.

“With all those fans, it will be cool,” King said.

The Northside band will travel to Florida on Dec. 28.

Mass band rehearsals start Dec. 30 at Jefferson High School in Tampa.

About 600-700 high school students from around the Southeast will play in the halftime show.

Houston County High School band members will also be playing at the bowl game. Those students leave Dec. 30.

The Outback Bowl is a matchup between No. 19 Auburn University and No. 18 University of Wisconsin. The game will be broadcast at noon, Jan. 1 on ESPN2.

To contact writer Angela Woolen, call 478-952-6114.