The Bobcat Marching Band will perform during the halftime show Sept. 28 at the New Orleans Saints vs. Dallas Cowboys football game in Arlington.
On the way home from the Texas State vs. University of Tulsa game, the marching band will make a pit stop at the AT&T Stadium to perform one of the two halftime shows they’ve prepared this season. Kyle Glaser, associate director of bands, said he emailed the Dallas Cowboys’ general information email address explaining the Bobcat Marching Band was interested in performing during halftime at a game.
Glaser said he did not think he would get a response from the Cowboys, but five days later the Cowboys’ head of marketing and special operations contacted him to say they would love to have the marching band perform.
This particular game is the Cowboys’ Hispanic Heritage Month-dedicated game, which is fitting because the Bobcat Marching Band will perform its Latin-themed show during halftime, Glaser said.
The band’s Latin show is comprised of a collection of Spanish bullfighting tunes, a song by American Tejano pop singer Selena and a song by Spanish pop singer David Bisbal.
The Bobcat Band first performed the Latin-themed show at the home game this past weekend after only 10 days of rehearsal.
The marching band will close its Cowboys halftime show performance with “Deep in the Heart of Texas,” Glaser said.
The Cowboys representative asked Glaser if it was possible for the band to do a star or the shape of Texas for the Cowboys, and “luckily” the Bobcat Band does both of those things, Glaser said.
“So we’ll end up doing our halftime show, and then we’ll play ‘Deep in the Heart of Texas,’ Glaser said. “Then we’ll form a star and the shape of Texas.”
Frank Jacobo, sophomore drumline member , said the Bobcat Marching Band has not performed anywhere as “huge” as the AT&T Stadium in his three years in the band, and he is looking forward to it.
“It’s going to be packed because it’s the Cowboys and Saints game, and everyone loves the Saints,” Jacobo said. “I’m excited. I can’t wait to play there.”
Ashley Robertson , sophomore color guard captain, said they found out the band was performing at the game on Aug. 14 at the beginning of summer band camp.
“We’re all really excited to get to go because we’re pretty much getting treated like VIP for that game,” Robertson said.
After the halftime performance, the band and color guard will get a chance to relax and watch the game.
Glaser said during his time at Texas State, the furthest the band has traveled is Lubbock for a Texas State football game, but the band has never played for the Cowboys before.
“I don’t believe this band has ever performed at a Cowboys halftime game before,” Glaser said. “They played for the New Orleans Saints when they were temporarily in San Antonio because of the hurricane (Katrina), but I don’t think they’ve ever played a Cowboys game, so this is new territory for us.”
Texas State’s Bobcat Marching Band is made up of 310 members with over 120 new members this year, Glaser said.
In addition to six home games and one away game, the Bobcat Marching Band will also perform at the Austin Independent School District Marching Band Jamboree Sept. 23, the Bands of America Super Regional in San Antonio Nov. 1 and the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin Nov. 2.