Hightower Band to perform at Peach Bowl in Atlanta
By Michael Sudhalter
Before the Cougars were selected for the Elite Bowl, Chick-fil-A – the sponsor of the Peach Bowl – and the bowl promoter invited the Hightower High Band – the “Marching ‘Canes” to perform during the game’s opening ceremonies at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
“They said they were looking for something different,” said Jessica Henderson, the president of the Hightower Band Booster Club. “They wanted a high-energy band, and they saw some of our YouTube videos. We were surprised, but we know we have a great and high-energetic band.”
This will be Hightower’s first bowl game, but they’ve performed in collegiate events before under the direction of Band Director Robert Jackson.
Last year, they performed in a parade for Southern University in Baton Rouge, La. and earlier this year, they performed at Rice University’s Homecoming, earning a complimentary letter from U.S. Rep. Pete Olson (R-Texas), a Rice alum.
Approximately 90 band members will be making the trip from Missouri City to Atlanta, and the Booster Club has raised $30,000.
They did several fundraisers, including car washes and community events, and sold candy and raffle tickets as well.
They would like to raise at least $5,000 more before Dec. 27 to pay for meals while the students are in Atlanta.
Each student has to pay $600 toward the trip, which will help cover transportation and hotels.
The band is expected to arrive in Atlanta on Dec. 28, via bus, and perform in various competitions.
They’ll perform in the Peach Bowl Parade, and in the opening ceremonies of the game, which pits UH against perennial college football power, Florida State.
“It actually made it even better that UH will be there, and all of the kids are excited,” Henderson said. “It’s a great honor to be able to perform in a national bowl game. and to be the only school from the Houston area, which means we will be representing the entire Houston and surrounding areas.”