Fort Dodge musicians head south

Dodger All American Marching Band will perform in New Orleans

The Fort Dodge Senior High students who are part of the Dodger All American Marching Band are about to embark on an exciting adventure. They will be part of the Sugar Bowl parade on New Year’s Eve.

This impressive parade takes place the day before the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, 2018. In addition to showing their marching prowess these talented local musicians will offer fans a stand-still performance at Jackson Square.

The young folks leave for New Orleans on Dec. 28. The trip to the Big Easy is more than just a chance to perform. The Senior High group will also be part of an important band competition.

“We will compete against other similar-sized bands from around the country,” Al Paulson, band director, told The Messenger.

Besides having the opportunity to compete in this prestigious gathering of bands from across the nation, the Fort Dodgers will have a chance to sample some of what New Orleans has to offer. In addition to attending the football game, they will enjoy an airboat swamp tour, a ghost tour, visit the World War II Museum and attend the Sugar Bowl Awards Dinner and Masquerade Ball.

The Messenger applauds the decision to have the Dodger All American Marching Band take part in what promises to be an educational as well as fun undertaking. We wish the band members well in the band competition and hope they will have a super trip. We are sure their performances will wow the crowds and make their hometown proud.