Sapulpa High School Band To Perform At Alamo Bowl

Tuesday, December 7th 2021, 8:12 pm

By: Amy Avery


The Sapulpa Band is heading to San Antonio the day after Christmas to perform during the halftime show at the Alamo Bowl.

Sapulpa is one of two Oklahoma high school bands playing during the halftime show at the Alamo Bowl this year. 

Sapulpa High School's Marching Band is preparing for a big trip with an even bigger meaning.

Band Director Whitney Yokum says they normally take a trip every year, but this is their first bowl game performance under her tenure.

"I got an email one day actually telling us about all these opportunities to perform in a bowl game and that sounded like something the kids would like here so we applied and they let us in and now we're going,” said Band Director, Whitney Yokum. 

During halftime at the Alamo Bowl, the marching band will play a few classic rock songs on the field. 

“There's YMCA, Sweet Caroline, Livin on a Prayer,” said Yokum. "It's a fun kind of music that they don't get to do super often so they're really excited.”

They'll also be in a parade competition and a pep rally with several other bands including

Noble High School band near Oklahoma City.

Drum Major Riley Groves says this is his first band trip with Sapulpa High School because their trip last year was canceled due to COVID-19.  

He says he can't wait to go on the trip.

"I've never been to a big bowl game before so this is really cool, it's a new experience for a whole lot of us in band,” said Junior Riley Groves. 

And Riley says even though he's a Pokes fan, he's still excited to see the Sooners take the field.

“I thought that was really cool because I wasn't actually expecting an Oklahoma team to be there and so it just makes it even more special for us to go down there and cheer on an Oklahoma team,” said Groves. 

The band leaves on the 26th of this month and plans to stay five days.   

The game is set for December 29th.


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