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On the Road: Norman High School Band

Joel Deardorf • Travel/Festivals • January 3, 2015

The Norman High School Band was heading to a state regional marching contest when one of our charter buses caught fire about 30 miles from our destination. Fortunately, nobody was hurt. We safely removed all of the students from the bus and within minutes it was burned to the ground. The students voted that the show would go on, and chose to perform without uniforms, using borrowed instruments. In spite of this tragedy, the band performed and received superior ratings. We saved a hubcap from the bus and it is now mounted in the band building. It serves as a reminder that a bad situation turned good and that our band family persevered.

Band Director: Joel Deardorf
School: Norman High School
City: Norman
State: Ok
Travel Location: Lawton, OK
Size of Ensemble: 135

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