LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Foothill High School Marching Band will get more national exposure when they perform Thursday at the 97th East-West Shrine Bowl at Allegiant Stadium.
The game will be televised live at 5 p.m. on the NFL Network.
“It’s a big deal,” band manager Travis Pardee said. “Only about five of our 200 children have been in the stadium before.”
The band posted videos of some performances on their own YouTube channel. (Used here with permission.)
Pardee said he thinks the band will only be the second high school band to perform at Allegiant — and the first for a nationally televised event. The performance will involve providing music throughout the game rather than a walking performance at halftime.
Expect to hear the band play AC/DC’s “Back in Black” from a list of 30 songs on the program. Others include “Godzilla”, by Blue Oyster Cult, “Light Em Up”, by Fallout Boy, “7 Nation Army”, by The White Stripes, “Uprising”, by Muse, “Super Freak”, by Rick James, and “Song of the Immigrants,” by Led Zeppelin. The band tackles rock, funk, and hip-hop with equal enthusiasm.
The Foothill Marching Band has been acclaimed as one of the best marching bands, performing at events across the country, and even around the world. Among their appearances:
- The Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California
- Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade
- Carnegie Hall
- 75th anniversary of D-Day (group traveled to France)
- St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland
- National Memorial Day Parade in Washington DC
Some of the private events the band has performed at include Vegas Golden Knights captain Mark Stone’s wedding and a birthday party for celebrity chef Guy Fieri at Flavor Town.
Pardee said the invitation to play Allegiant came from December. He has been a director for 20 years and is currently Director of Bands and Chair of the Performing Arts Department. At that time, some former students brought their children through his program. “I have students of students,” he said.
The band’s drum line has been nationally recognized and has planned a trip to the 2022 WGI World Percussion and Wind Instrument Championships, to be held April 21-24 in Dayton, Ohio.