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.
“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…)