OHS Band Will Not Play Friday’s Game 9/17/13
CBS 7 News
September 17, 2013
ODESSA-The sights and sounds are a big part of Friday night football. But when Odessa High School hits the field this weekend in San Angelo, their band won't be there to support them.
It will be the first time this season that the band can't go to a district game -- all because of a bus driver shortage.
“It was upsetting in the sense that we weren't getting to support our football family and we're missing a chance to perform for UIL,” said OHS Band Member Kelsi Babcock.
The 230 member marching band practices each day before and after school, all leading up to their gridiron performances.
"They practice hard and they are out there to perform, just like any sports event,” said Lee Minyard, the parent of an OHS Band Member.
Parents and students were told yesterday that due to a bus driver shortage, they won't be able to spare the six buses to send them to Friday’s game.
"We require the most drivers for any one thing, that’s why it’s just not possible for us,” said OHS Band Director Bill Harden.
Leaving parents and students with all work and no play.
The school board will send athletes -- they say there's no option not to as part of a contractual obligation to the athletic league.
"We’re there to support them, but if we’re not there, the game can go on,” said Harden.
Little comfort for those who work to make the music.
ECISD says it will evaluate the use of buses at other away games in the future.
Photo Courtesy OHS Band.