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Outback Bowl Overview and Rehearsals

posted Nov 9, 2017, 10:10 AM by Athens Drive High School Band   [ updated Nov 9, 2017, 10:10 AM ]

With the conclusion of football games and local competitions, our attention begins to focus on our “post-season” activities, namely the Christmas Parades and the Outback Bowl!  The purpose of this letter is to provide you with an overview of the Outback Bowl trip and the rehearsals planned to prepare for this venture.

The Outback Bowl Experience comprises 3 guaranteed performances, 1 possible extra performance, and several non-performance, enjoyable activities.

Guaranteed Performances

Saturday, Dec. 30    6:35pm    Field Show Competition at Jefferson H.S. (nearly adjacent to our hotel)

We will be performing our field show: “Adventure Awaits!”

Sunday, Dec. 31        5:30pm    Outback Bowl Parade in Tampa (approx. 1 mile in length)

We will be performing an arrangement of “The Pirates of the Caribbean.”  This is different from our field show and will need to be memorized.

Monday, Jan. 1           Noon       Massed band performance during halftime of Outback Bowl

We will be performing 3 selections in a stand still, block formation with many bands.  One piece is a salute to our Armed Forces; the other two are country music medleys.  These selections do NOT need to be memorized; rather, students will have the music with them on the field.

Possible Extra Performance*

Monday, Jan. 1            Noon        Field Show performance for Pregame of  Outback Bowl

*Awarded to the winner of the field show competition on 12/30.  We would perform our field show:  “Adventure Awaits.”

Non-Performance, Enjoyable Activities

Friday, Dec.  29        All day           Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

Saturday, Dec. 30     1-3pm           Clearwater Beach

Sunday, Dec. 31       11-3:30pm    Busch Gardens, Tampa

                                  8pm-12am    Busch Gardens, Tampa

January, Jan. 1          12-4pm        Outback Bowl Game


In order to prepare for our performances, I am requesting the following rehearsal dates and times:

Tuesday, Nov. 28          3:00-5:30pm

Tuesday, Dec. 5            3:00-5:30pm

Tuesday, Dec. 12          3:00-5:30pm

Monday, Dec. 18            Rehearsal                                                         3:00-5:00pm

                                        Dinner (provided by boosters)                         5:15-6:30pm

                                        Send-off Performance for friends and family   7:00pm

Thursday, Dec. 28           Rehearsal                                                         9:00-11:00am

                                         Loading                                                            11:00-1:00pm

                                         Report to Athens for departure                        9:30pm

There will be NO REHEARSALS/ACTIVITIES DEC. 21-27.  Please enjoy this special holiday season with your friends and family! 

It is very important that you let me know ASAP about conflicts with the rehearsal schedule.  Email is best.  We must stay in shape with our field show, learn a new parade song (and possibly a bit of entertaining body movement along with it), and know our music for the massed-band performance.  Guard members must learn the routine for the massed band music in order to participate!

We will not jeopardize students’ participation in other activities (e.g., sports); however, I would ask everyone to communicate with your coaches/teachers and prioritize in a responsible manner.  

This entire experience is one of those “once in a lifetimes,” and there is no doubt that we will remember this for the remainder of our lives.  Let’s make certain we are thoroughly prepared so that we can make it as enjoyable as possible!

We are getting close!  Adventure Awaits!


P.S.  Much more information about the specific itinerary of the trip will be made available ASAP.  This is just a start.