A couple of Nebraska high school marching bands have been hard at work and having fun this holiday season in London and the Lone Star State.
The Papillion-La Vista South High School Titan Marching Band returned from the Valero Alamo Bowl on Thursday with an armful of trophies, including the grand champion award.
The band competed in San Antonio, Texas, against 13 other high school bands to determine who would have the honor of performing during the pre-game show.
Their selection as grand champion guaranteed them that honor. The band also received first-place in Class AAA and all caption awards, including outstanding drum majors, outstanding auxiliary, outstanding percussion, outstanding marching and outstanding music.
The band performed its show, “Mediterranean Rhythms”, just before kickoff in the Alamodome.
The Titans also performed at halftime with other high school marching bands, cheer squads, and dance teams together on the field.
Bill Kellett directs the Titan band.
Meantime, the Lincoln Southwest High School Marching Band traveled to England to march in the London New Year's Day Parade.
More than 8,500 performers representing 20 countries world-wide participated.
The parade route took the band past Picadilly Circus and finished at Parliament Square.
Their director is Terry Rush