Six George West High School Seniors savor sounds of college band at UT
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Six George West High School seniors traveled to Austin to be part of a ten-member sideline crew for the University of Texas Longhorn Band. From left: Dee Ann Lane, Hillary Sellman, Sara Reagan, Candace Gonzales, Sarah Roach, Luke Sehlke and Doc Williamson, band director. 
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Six lucky George West High School seniors were chosen to travel to Austin on Sept. 5 to be part of a ten-member sideline crew for the University of Texas Longhorn Band.

The students accompanied the university band members throughout the day as they prepared for the season opener against Louisiana-Monroe. These ‘kids from the country’ were in awe as they stood next to the band. Luke Sehlke was amazed at the 60-member trumpet section, as that is close to the number of total members of the Big Blue Band from Longhorn Land.

As the band left the rehearsal hall, they were greeted to a line of fans cheering them on as if they were football players. Hillary Sellman said she was thrilled to see how college bands rehearse and prepare for a performance.

The blue Longhorn band members were treated to the same pre-game meal as the burnt-orange Longhorn band members. One thing that must be an acquired taste, though, is the traditional “orange bread”. Sara Roach can attest to that fact.

The highlight of the day was the thrill of running through the tunnel before the game as thousands of fans cheered, took their pictures, and slapped high-fives with that spirited fervor that only a true UT fan can exhibit. Sara Reagan, Dee Ann Lane, and Candace Gonzales were only saddened by the fact that their parents wouldn’t be able to see them on national television, due to the game being pay-per-view that night. The trip’s success was concluded with the Longhorns win over the Warhawks.

Band director Jim Williamson felt satisfaction, knowing that the students enjoyed their day and were given a one-of-a-kind experience. Being in a stadium containing more people than the county in which the students live can be humbling for most people. Doc appreciated the way the students conducted themselves and certainly enjoyed the obvious delight they took in their day. The second best part of his day was the quiet vehicle during the drive back to George West.
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