All-Star Band Prepares for Performance This Weekend

NORFOLK – The football teams won’t be the only ones taking the field this weekend at the Northeast Nebraska All-Star Football Classic.

The All-Star band has been hard at work this week to put together the halftime entertainment for this weekend’s game.

“It’s been hot this week, but the kids haven’t complained,” band director Todd Cook said. “They haven’t been doing any of that. They’ve just been working really hard.”

Kids from several high schools are coming together to put on the show. Just like the football teams, they only have a week to prepare.

“We all know that we want to be here so we’re here ready to work and to put in the effort that needs to be put in to make this show show-ready,” tenor sax player Benjamin Bugenhagen said.

The band offers the chance for musicians of all experience levels to be a part of the festivities.

“There’s a lot of kids in this band that haven’t field marched before,” Cook said. “They’ve done parade marching or no marching at all so giving them the opportunity to field march is great.”

It’s an experience that some members of the band believe you shouldn’t pass up on.

“If somebody’s in band and they want to do this, but they aren’t really sure because they thought it’d be a bad idea to do it over the summer, I’d encourage you because it’s a lot of fun and you’ll make friends,” trumpet player Shawn Winkel said.