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Why Perform in A Bowl Game?

The excitement of bowl season is nearly palpable as late December closes in. Bowl pools are completed in every office, family gathering and on-line, while the big games are hyped on all channels. If you have ever attended one of these nationally revered events, you’ve heard the stadium roar to a fevered pitch as the crowd anticipates kick off! What a rush! Why perform in a bowl game?  It’s even better to be right in the middle of the action!

Why a Bowl Game?

There are a select few among us who have had the opportunity to be a part of the pre-game festivities for these exciting competitions, namely the iconic bowl parades. High school marching bands from around the country (sometimes the world!) converge on bowl locations to kick off the action and set the tone for fanatical game attendees. Audiences of thousands watch as these talented musicians wow the crowds with spirit and skill. It is truly a magnificent experience for both participants and viewers and a memory to keep for a lifetime.

Which Bowl Games are Open to Marching Bands?

There are lots of amazing bowl venues in which to participate! The Outback Bowl hosts young performers from across the nation at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. They can also take part in the Outback Bowl Music Festival, a four-day event packed with performances, competitions and clinics.

The Military Bowl is a spirited display of patriotism as the Budweiser Clydesdales lead the Military Bowl Parade in Annapolis, Maryland. You’ll energize the crowd during your pre-game trek to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

There’s always the iconic Tournament of Roses® Parade in Pasadena, California. It’s a New Year’s Day tradition featuring magnificent floral-decorated floats, equestrian units, bands and more.

Showcase your marching band as part of the Fiesta Bowl Parade.  Festive floats and giant balloons contribute to an impressive display of skill and showmanship as the parade route winds through Central Phoenix.

In many cases, participating in a bowl game puts your students in the national (or international) spotlight since games and parades are often televised. It’s a thrilling performance opportunity!

How Do We Apply for A Bowl Game?

Marching band directors looking to showcase their accomplished students’ skills need look no further than a bowl parade. While some of the bowl organizations use an “invitation only” approach to selecting bands, others require an application for inclusion.

One of the best ways to wade through the process of performing in a bowl parade is to partner with an experienced company specializing in student performance travel. Kaleidoscope Adventures is an outstanding choice with more than 26 years in the industry and granular attention to detail. You can be confident that they’ll get you to the big event with ease!

Now is the Time!

Why perform in a bowl game?  It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience not to be missed!  This year’s bowl season is nearly here but  Bowl Season 2020 is on the doorstep. Applications are usually due a year in advance and hotels book early as well. Now is the time to begin planning your bowl performance travel (or start saving for those bowl game tickets!)