Durant HS band soaking in Liberty Bowl experience

By: From Press Release
By: From Press Release

MEMPHIS, Tenn. ― The Durant High School Marching Band is in Tennessee this Friday, where they are scheduled to perform at halftime of the Liberty Bowl between Kentucky and East Carolina.

The Pride of Durant won the marching competition last Tuesday, January 30th and earned the pre-game performance honors. Durant beat out 22 other bands. By winning, Durant band members had the honor of performing the entire pre-game show Friday prior to the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tennessee.

They will also be performing during the halftime show with Sarah Evans.

On Thursday, they marched in the Liberty Bowl New Year's Day Parade on Beale Street in Memphis, along with the other 22 bands that were there competing for the pre-game honors.

The band has also won the Overall Sweepstakes Award, which consisted of judging that took place in the original competition and the also the performance during the parade Thursday.


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  • by Me Location: Here on Jan 9, 2009 at 06:56 AM
    Man oh man does this make me miss high school. I was in the band in Kingston. When I was in 8th grade we were the first band from the state of Oklahoma to be invited to march in the Mardi Gras parad in New Orleans. You talk about an experience. We marched 13 miles. We liked to died in the end. But I wouldn't trade it for the world. I miss the trips and the performing and the great times. Congrats!!! So proud of Durant Band!!!!!!!
  • by Hailie Location: Durant, OK on Jan 8, 2009 at 12:00 PM
    It is a great honor to be in a town with such a great band. This is one of the best bands yet, I wish that I would have stayed in the band during these years of high school.
  • by DHS band grandmother Location: Durant on Jan 4, 2009 at 11:47 PM
    I am proud of the DHS band kids as they have worked hard for this. I am also proud of any child that accomplishes an event they are proud of no matter how big or how small the issue. Every child should be praised for their hard works.
  • by Business Owner Location: Durant on Jan 3, 2009 at 05:16 PM
    Didn't know about the Tishomingo group. Congrats to them too! I know both groups really worked hard to raise the money and to earn the honors. Congratulations to them all.
  • by A Fan of the Pride Location: Durant on Jan 3, 2009 at 06:51 AM
    We are so proud of The Pride and all they have accomplished! We hope they have an experience of a lifetime with many memories to share :)
  • by Stacy Location: Tishomingo on Jan 2, 2009 at 08:55 PM
    Congratulations to Durant HS band, but Tishomingo HS band was also a part of this celebration. They worked EXTREMELY hard at raising money for this trip and we are very proud of our PRIDE OF LITTLE DIXIE!! Way to go kids.
  • by Business Owner Location: Durant OK on Jan 2, 2009 at 03:34 PM
    Congratulations to the kids, band parents and the school district. This is a great honor for them. I am sure the practing and performance schedules have been tough for them, not to mention the expense these families have to send them to this bowl game. I hope the school and community recognizes them properly. I know if it was the football team winning they would celebrate big time. I hope that they treat this sucess the same way. Way to go! You really are the PRIDE OF DURANT.
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