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Gehlen Band Prepares For Holiday Bowl

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That sound you hear is the Gehlen Catholic High School Band as they rehearse the music from the Beatles' "Help" as the local band will be performing at San Diego for the Holiday Bowl festivities.   The Gehlen Catholic High School and Junior High bands are combining their talents for the trip out west.  Band Instructor Paul Niebur explains how Gehlen Catholic was invited to participate in the Holiday Bowl Festivities.

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Niebur says the process started more than a year ago.

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The group is scheduled to leave Le Mars on Christmas night and travel by bus straight through to Southern California arriving in San Diego in the early morning hours on Thursday.  The Holiday Bowl is scheduled to begin Thursday at about 8:30 p.m. central time, and will be featured on ESPN.  Gehlen will  perform for both the Holiday Bowl parade, as well as be part of halftime festivities.

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Once the Holiday Bowl performances are finished, the students will have the opportunity to view some of the sights of San Diego including the famous San Diego Zoo, Sea World, and the beaches.

 

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(Le Mars) -- As we mentioned yesterday, Gehlen Catholic High School and Junior High Band are preparing to perform at San Diego next week for the Holiday Bowl festivities.  The students will leave Le Mars on Christmas evening for a 32 hour long direct bus ride to the west coast.  This is not the first time Gehlen Catholic has been invited to perform at Bowl game activities.  In recent years, Gehlen traveled to Orlando, Florida to perform at the Champ's Florida Citrus Bowl and at the Alamo Bowl held at San Antonio, Texas.
Shelby Puhl (Pool) is a senior at Gehlen and plays the trombone.  This trip will mark her third time to perform at a bowl game and she says she is looking forward to the parade.
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Puhl says the parade route isn't that long, and she says she is anxious to see the helium-filled balloons.
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Another Gehlen senior, Ashley Kellen, is experienced with bowl performances.  Like Shelby Puhl, this will mark Ashley's third time.  Kellen says she has never visited California and is looking forward to the experience.
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No doubt the Gehlen band students will face a hectic schedule once they leave Le Mars, but they will have time to relax and Kellen explains what sight seeing opportunities she wants to see.
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Two other Gehlen seniors will also be making the trip to San Diego are Kellen Nilles and foreign exchange student Luis Moreno.  For Nilles, in addition to playing the clarinet, she also serves as the drum majorette.  She talks about the challenges of keeping the band in step and on beat.
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Luis Moreno plays the piano and keyboards but during the marching parades, he will take up the sticks and play the snare drum set.  He talks about what he is most anxious to see on the trip.
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And there is one other thing that Moreno hopes to see while in California.
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You can watch the Gehlen Catholic Band march in the Holiday Bowl Parade which will be seen on Friday morning at 8:00 a.m. local time on USA network, and the Gehlen Band will also perform during the halftime festivities of the Holiday Bowl which can be seen on ESPN, Thursday evening at about 8:30 p.m. local time.


 

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