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The Sterling Marching Band was invited to play in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on New Year’s Day but needs donations and sponsorships. From left: Assistant Drum Major Sarai Lazo, Head Drum Major McKenzie Comeaux and Assistant Drum Major Rudy Orozco. 

Come New Year’s Day, the Ross S. Sterling Marching Band will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform on one of the biggest stages in all of college football — the Sugar Bowl. 

The talented marching band was invited through the WorldStrides’ Sugar Bowl Marching Band program after submitting an application and video of the band’s field show performance. 

Soon after the Band Selection Committee reviewed the tape, a WorldStrides Onstage program representative extended an invite to the Ranger Band. 

“It was amazing to get the invite from WorldStrides,” Band Director Brad Comeaux said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for our students to represent our district, school, and community. The Sterling Band will get the opportunity to perform a halftime show with other musicians around the country and perform in an NCAA playoff game.” 

The halftime performance will be composed of about nine to 11 bands all coming together to make one massed band. 

Comeaux said the Sugar Bowl Committee would send the halftime music sometime in November for the band to learn. Once they get to New Orleans, time has been set aside for all the bands to get together and rehearse prior the game. 

But to get 120 Sterling band 

members to New Orleans, the marching band hopes to raise $50,000 to offset student costs.

To help raise funds for the band, Jenny Montes of Jenny Montes State Farm is the offering the “Quotes for Good.” Montes State Farm will donate $10 to the marching band for every quote processed per household in August when the band is mentioned, up to 100 quotes. 

Montes hopes to help the band since her son Ashton Michulka plays tuba and hopes he will get to experience this unique opportunity. 

“It always warms my heart to see him being able to be a part of things he loves like marching, band concerts and being part of such a fun organization with great values,” Montes said. “School memories last a lifetime, and he will always remember the hard work and fun that came with marching.” 

Montes is also helping to raise funds so all the kids in the band get a taste of the big stage, creating a memory they will never forget. 

“I am a graduate of Sterling High School and during those years our band was very large and got recognized on many levels including going to state,” she said. “It is such an exciting to see the current Sterling band students being able to start creating their own truly memorable experiences.” 

As a small business owner in her hometown, Montes said she is also very passionate about giving back to the community and local schools.   

“I want to do my part to ensure these kids will remember this experience forever and get our great city some positive recognition,” she said. 

In addition to the Quotes for Good program, the Sterling Marching Band will host a barbecue fundraiser today at Stallworth Stadium. 

From 6 to 7 p.m., the band booster club and Sterling Band Association will sell $10 barbecue sandwich boxes, which include pickles, onions, chips and bottled water. Desserts will also be sold for $2 along with beverages for $2 and chips for $1. 

A preview of the band show will follow. 

In addition to the fundraiser, Bates Custom and Collision is offering a program in which they will give 3% of repair cost to the band for anyone who brings in a band flyer with a certificate on the back for auto repairs, personal or covered via auto insurance. 

These flyers are available at events or through band booster parents. 

Sponsorship levels are also being offered, ranging from $500 to $5,000. 

For more information about becoming a sponsor, contact Montes at 281-889-1222 or email jennymontes1234@gmail.com

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