Getting to play with Knoxville’s Pride of the Southland Marching Band next month is a source of pride for The Tullahoma High School Band; but to get to that performance, the band is asking for a little bit of help. 

The THS band was invited earlier this year to perform in Neyland Stadium with The Pride during the Sept. 7 football game between the University of Tennessee Volunteers and the Brigham-Young University Cougars.

In Knoxville, members of the THS Band will witness firsthand the bustle of a college game day for a college marching band – from the game-day-rehearsal through the iconic March to the Stadium – an experience that comes complete with the opportunity to perform in front of more than 100,000 fans alongside The Pride during the halftime show.

That experience does not come without cost, however, and that’s where Director Justin Scott has asked the community to step in.

Scott posted a message in the official Tullahoma Band Facebook group asking for support of the band’s “once in a lifetime event.”

“It is our goal that no student be excluded from this trip due to financial constraints,” Scott said in the post.

According to that post, the trip will require a two-night stay in East Tennessee estimated at $12,000.

Due to the price tag, Scott wrote, the band is “asking our local businesses and community partners to help defray the cost of the lodgings.”

“We need your support to help all of our THS band members experience this once in a lifetime event.”

Scott said the band has found a “budget-friendly” hotel in Oak Ridge, just West of Knoxville, that will be able to house all the members and staff under one roof.

To help the band, contact Scott at justin.scott@tcsedu.net or call the THS Band office at 454-2629.

Erin McCullough may be reached at emccullough@tullahomanews.com.