Boarding a bus at 2:15 a.m. in Manhattan and sitting in the same seat for an eight-hour ride to Arlington, Texas might not sound like a lot of fun to you or me, but it sounds like heaven to the Kansas State marching band.
Unlike a year ago, when K-State Director of Bands Frank Tracz loaded 360 band members and cheerleaders onto several buses and took them across the country in a blizzard to New York for the Pinstripe Bowl, the pride of Wildcat land will enjoy a easy, relatively short trip to the Cotton Bowl.
“We're not going to miss sleep for 48 hours like we did last year,” Tracz said. “We’ll be on the road for a normal eight hours instead of 31 hours.”
Wait a second, 31 hours! That’s got to be an exaggeration. No trip could take that long, right? Wrong. That was just the trip there, which didn’t end until K-State students got off the bus and pushed the buses through snow up to their hotel’s entrance.
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“We got there the day the storm ended last year,” Tracz said. “We went 31 hours and a block away from the hotel we were going up hill and the buses got stuck. I said, ‘I'll be damned if we get stuck here.’
“Kids got off and pushed the bus. They moved snow to get the buses up to the hotel. It was a test, but we passed it.” (more…)