ROTAN, Texas - A small school district in Fisher County is getting big time attention.
Rotan High School’s Yellowhammer marching band made a splash by taking part in a commercial for Ozarka water last week.
“I think that really captured the heart of our community,” Band Director of Rotan High School Josh Bailey said Wednesday.
The Texas-based water company sent a film crew from New York City to the small West Texas city to record them for the national television spot.
“So Rotan being out in the middle of kind of nowhere in Fisher County, Texas, does get overlooked every now and then,” Bailey said.
Ozarka contacted Bailey last fall after the band was featured in a Texas Monthly story in November of 2015.
“They came out a whole week and recorded rehearsals, pep rallies, football games, and a lot of interview with our students,” Bailey said.
When Bailey took the job in the fall of 2015, he only had 14 band members. But they currently have 46 members.
“Everyone does everything,” he said. “Our students have to be involved in sports, band, theater, [and] one-act play.”
Last Wednesday, the town and school packed the high school’s auditorium to watch the finished product.
“The kids really feel a strong sense of pride in where they’re growing up,” Bailey said.
He hopes this is the springboard the Yellowhammers need to win the University Interscholastic League marching band competition this fall.
To view the commercial, click HERE.
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