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Small town band heads to big time bowl game

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© This isn't the first time Allen's gone to a bowl game. It's actually the 4th. They apply for them every four years. © This isn't the first time Allen's gone to a bowl game. It's actually the 4th. They apply for them every four years.

One of the most watched bowl games in the nation will feature a marching band from one of the tiniest towns in Nebraska.

What do you do when you're about to have a once in a lifetime experience? If you're Allen sophomore Cortney Reuter, you yell about it.

"My band's going to Atlanta, Georgia. Wahoo!" yelled Reuter.

Courtney and about 50 other band members, grades eight through 12, are headed to the Chick-Fil-A Bowl to play at the half.

This band, from a town of about 400, plans to blow folks away and put Allen on the map.

"Get them interested to find out where Allen, Nebraska is. Our little town here, not many people know," said chairman of the band's music booster club, Sara Kumm.

This isn't the first time Allen's gone to a bowl game. It's actually the 4th. They apply for them every four years.

"We send in applications, videos, pictures, marching, our awards that we've won in the past," said Kumm.

Teachers and students say they owe the success to their 20 year band director Richard Lacy, whose teaching style resembles a band boot camp.

"Don't move. Your eyes should be straight forward," said Lacy, staring down his class.

But, Lacy says it's his kids who deserve the credit.

"They are capable, and they have a lot of pride in what they do. That's enabled them to go to, not just this bowl game, but several," said Lacy.

The group left this afternoon on a bus. It'll take about 20 hours to get to Atlanta.

The Chick-Fil-A Bowl is December 31st. For more, click here.

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