Southeast High School to Play at College World Series

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LINCOLN, Neb.-- Baseball teams from across the country set their sights on the College World Series every year for a chance to make history. But, another kind of team has been on their own road to Omaha, only, they didn't get there by using a bat or glove.

The Lincoln Southeast High School band has been invited to perform during the CWS on Friday, June 19, and Tuesday, June 23. A chance to perform in front of thousands of people.

The school is no stranger to big opportunities - they played at a Husker bowl game in 2009 and have been invited to the CWS opening ceremonies before. In the case of the CWS, however, their chances to play have been soured by rain.

But, given the weather holds out, students say they're excited for the opportunity.

"I guess it's kind of a mix of exciting and nervous," Kelly Ooton, a senior, said.

"We've never played for a group this big."

They'll perform baseball classics and other songs during the Friday games, and will then learn the fight songs of the teams competing in the championship series.

Oh, and they'll have to do it in front of more people than they've ever seen.

"Potentially up to the 30,000 people," Brendon Sibley, the school's basketball band director, said, "which is a little more than we usually have for a Southeast basketball game or state basketball game."

RJ Metteer, the school's band director, said the students have shown great work ethic and have earned this opportunity.

And the students said they're embracing the opportunity.

"It really shows that our band is dedicated to making music," Anna Wade, a sophomore, said, "and we all work really hard to do something that we love. It means a lot that we get invited to do different things, and I think it shows, because we keep getting invited back to do these kinds of things."