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2017 Allstate Sugar Bowl BOUND!


The Tift County High School Blue Devil Brigade has been invited to march in the 2017 Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, La.

At a recent Tift County Board of Education meeting, band director Curt Kimbrough said the dates of the proposed trip is Dec. 30, 2016-Jan. 3, 2017. He said this is a prestigious event — one of the four major bowls that is offered in the country. He said they’re excited about the invitation.

“It’s a major honor just to be asked,” he said.

Kimbrough said bands from all over the country will participate in different bowls of this type. They have formed a committee of band parents.

He explained to the board that they would perform during half-time at the game, which is scheduled for Jan. 2, 2017. He said also participating will be nine other bands. He said part of the performance will be televised. Kimbrough mentioned that there will also be a Sugar Bowl parade on New Year’s Eve, which they will march in. Students will have the opportunity to have dinner and meet other students from around the country.

Kimbrough said what’s also very exciting is that local students in the band will be able to visit a historic place and experience the great parts of New Orleans. The greatest task will be financing the trip, which is budgeted at $900 per student, which will cover everything.

Kimbrough projects about 150 students to join the Tift County High School Blue Devil Brigade next year. He said they have devised a payment schedule beginning in January, to offset the cost.

At first concerned about the price when invited, Kimbrough said he learned this is a great opportunity and possibly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for some kids. He said their plans to help with finances will include approaching donors and possibly doing a concert. He feels confident in getting the trip cost down to $600 per student.

Kimbrough assured the board that every band student (upcoming ninth graders through seniors) will have the opportunity to go. He said it’s important that every student has “skin in the game,” and all will have the opportunity to earn their way. He noted there will be chaperones, and there is a package available for parents to go as well.

Kimbrough said he wants at least 90-100 kids to participate. His top concern for this trip is safety.


Written and reposted from the Albany Herald and the Tifton Gazette.