Lake Travis band performs flawlessly on GMA


by JIM BERGAMO / KVUE News and TINA SHIVELY / KVUE News and Photojournalist KENNETH NULL

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Posted on February 24, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 24 at 6:28 PM

AUSTIN -- The Lake Travis Cavalier Marching Band had a chance to redeem themselves on national television Monday morning after a flub on the field last fall.

"I was like, 'Is this really happening,” said Richard Hicks, the Lake Travis High School band director. “'Good Morning America' is giving me a phone call and wanting to feature our band on national television."

A YouTube video of the band's tuba section taking a tumble went viral and made national news last September. The trip-up on the field happened during a halftime show when one tuba player fell and then another, and another, until all were on the ground.

Go here to see their performance on "Good Morning America."

By the next morning the YouTube video of the performance had 300 views.

"I didn’t even know what I had captured,” said Wes Rowe, who captured the video.

Rowe, a former marching band member himself, mentors two of the kids in the band. He films all the halftime performances, including that one back in September.

"As soon as the halftime was over, the two kids that I mentor said, 'Did you get it? Did you get it,’” said Rowe “I went, 'What?' I’m looking at it through my little bitty camera viewfinder; I had no idea what I had captured."

By the end of the school day, 3,000, and by the end of the weekend it had 300,000. Then it aired on "Good Morning America," and that number of views skyrocketed even higher.

In the kick-off to a new segment on "Good Morning America" called "The Great GMA Do-Over," the band showed off their skills for nearly six million viewers.

Three weeks ago "GMA" producers contacted the school's band director and offered them another shot. Members of the award-winning Ohio State Marching Band lent a hand, adapting one of their routines for Lake Travis.

"In only a day and a half they pulled this off,” said Ohio State University Marching Band Director Jon Waters.

The LTHS band performed a routine to Bruno Mars' "Locked out of Heaven," live without a single misstep.

Go here to see photos from the band's performance.

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