Members of the John Burroughs High School community will likely be glued to their television screens come Jan. 4. The Ohio State-Arkansas Sugar Bowl matchup promises to electrify football fans, but it's the half-time show Burroughs fans will be most excited about.
Seventy-five student musicians from John Burroughs will kick off the new year performing as part of an 800-member ensemble on national television during the BCS game.
"They are more excited than they can stand," said Marnye Langer, a band mother and president of the John Burroughs Instrumental Music Assn. Boosters Club.
It is a milestone event for the school's instrumental music program, which just four years ago was floundering with an enrollment of about 40 students, school officials and parents said. Today, it includes more than 100 students.
"We have developed a lot as a program in the last couple of years," band director Tana Barnett said. "We have grown to include a staff, and we have really excellent instruction in terms of instrumental music. The kids have become really good players."