The LRHS Marching Mustangs marched in the New Orleans Sugar Bowl parade

Emma Chapman – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The LRHS Marching Mustangs performed at the New Orleans Sugar Bowl on Dec. 31 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The Sugar Bowl is an annual American College Football game. This year the University of Alabama defeated Kansas State University 45-20.

LRHS Band director John Schindler told the East County Observer, “It was neat to see the look on the students’ faces when they went down on the field of that big stadium to perform in front of 60,000 people.”

LRHS color guard sophomore member Madison Shirley said, “Performing in front of that big of a crowd definitely gave us all some nerves as there was over 60,000 people there.”

Shirley continued, “Experiencing New Year’s Eve with people you rehearse with almost three times a week makes everyone seem like a family. Overall, it was an amazing experience, and I would not have wanted to spend that time with anyone other than my bandmates that are more like family.”

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Sophomore Zoey Putter is a member of the trumpet section of the band.

Putter said, “The feeling of playing under the bright lights of the stadium at halftime felt surreal.”

The Marching Mustangs spent five days in Louisiana preparing for their performance and explored the city of New Orleans.

The band experienced a dinner cruise, the French Quarter, and the culture the city provided.