When the Badgers come off the field at halftime of the Outback Bowl, the Tomah High School marching band will go on to perform. The Timberwolves leave Tomah for Tampa, Florida on December 27 and return on January 2, but not before they perform during the pregame, halftime, and parade of the Outback Bowl.
"I'm pretty excited," Senior Tia Mayberry said. "I want Tomah band to be out there and people to know us."
Drum Major Wynne Larson said that during pregame, the band will play an armed forces song. During halftime, the band will play "A Pirate Medley," and "He's a Pirate," which is from Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean. During the parade the band will play "The Horse."
"We've been working pretty hard," senior Derrin Salo said. "For forty eight minutes each day we're down here, and we work our butts off to get good, and, pretty sure we're ready."
All the hard work helps to calm the nervousness, Larson said. "We might have some pregame jitters, but once we get on the field it's like home to us. We love the field. We've performed multiple football games for our, the Timberwolves here, so it's gonna be natural for us."
The trip is not just about hard work or music, though. The students also get to go to Universal Orlando and Disney World.
"I'm excited to go to Harry Potter World," Mayberry said.
Larson said the trip costs about $900 per person, and that students have been fundraising for months to finance the opportunity. "We helped with the tractor pull and the fair, we helped 7-Up distribute sodas," Larson said. "A large part of our fundraisers were selling Kwik Trip gas cards."
The Outback Bowl is Thursday, January 1st at 11:00 a.m. on ESPN2. The game has Auburn facing off against Wisconsin.