The camp is held in conjunction with the 57th Annual Nebraska Shrine Bowl being played tomorrow at UNK.
Michelle Fulmer is spokeswoman for the Masonic Grand Lodge of Nebraska, which is sponsoring the events, including a concert tonight.
“We have 250 students from 83 schools around the state,” Fulmer says. “Just like the football teams, they’re nominated by their coaches, these students are nominated by their band directors to attend. We will have a concert at 5:30 in Harmon Park, it’s a free concert and we’ll be serving ice cream to the audience afterwards.”
Dozens of volunteers from across the state have been providing assistance to the band campers throughout the week, as Fulmer says the focus is on the students.
“All the kids that are here are sponsored by Masonic organizations,” she says. “They pay $275 for the kids to go and the kids don’t have to pay anything. They just have to get to Kearney and get home.”
The marching band students held their first practice for the upcoming Shrine Bowl on Tuesday night and have practiced daily. Tomorrow, they’ll march in a parade, play the National Anthem at the bowl and, of course, perform the half-time show.
The Shrine Bowl opens at 2 p.m. Saturday at Ron and Carol Cope Stadium at Foster Field on the UNK campus.
By Brent Wiethorn, KKPR, Kearney