The Gehlen Catholic High School and junior high bands will perform tonight at the Holiday Bowl in Sand Diego, California. Band Instructor Paul Niebur says they applied and were later invited to participate in the Holiday Bowl festivities.

He says they had worked with the group that handles the entertainment for the bowl in the past and they had to turn in information on the contests they had been in. Niebur says the whole process started more than a year ago.

Niebur says they have to let the schoolboard know one year ahead of time that they are interested in a bowl and they did that. “We hadn’t decided on a bowl at that time…later in the spring we gave the families a chance to vote on what they wanted to do,” Niebur says.

The group left Le Mars on Christmas night to travel by bus straight through to Southern California to arrive in San Diego early this morning. The Holiday Bowl is scheduled to begin today at about 8:30 p.m. central time, and will be featured on ESPN.

Gehlen will perform during the Holiday Bowl halftime festivities. Once the Holiday Bowl performances are finished, the students will have the opportunity to view some of the sights of San Diego.

By Dennis Morrice, KLEM, Le Mars