WASHINGTON, OK — Members of the Washington High School Warriors marching band played in front of 48,000 people during the 55th annual Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tenn. They returned with honors Wednesday.
But their trip home to McClain County didn't start until the 43 band members visited Elvis Presley's Graceland. Mississippi State University beat Rice University 44-7 in the bowl game on Tuesday.
Band members placed first in the jazz band competition and first in the field show competition, where they were ranked outstanding for marching, drum major and music.
It was the first time for the Washington band to perform in a bowl game, director Christopher Hall said Thursday.
“We have gone out of state before, but nothing as prestigious,” Hall said.
The band was invited to perform in Liberty Bowl activities after completing an application process.
At halftime of the game, the Warriors performed with country musicians Diamond Rio, Hall said.
Playing in front of such a large crowd and seeing their faces on the Jumbotron is an experience they won't forget, Hall said.
Members of the Kingston High School marching band and Yukon's 8th- and 10th-grade cheerleaders also performed in Liberty Bowl activities.