TEMPE, Ariz. - The Sun Devil Marching Band will join O.A.R. on “Opening Night” of the Coors Light Birds Nest at the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Jan. 29.
The five-day event is expected to draw more than 500,000 spectators, providing tremendous exposure for ASU and the program, known as the “Pride of the Southwest.” Country star Jake Owen, Weezer and Metalhead headline the remaining three nights at the Coors Light Birds Nest.
"It really is a unique opportunity for our students to interface and perform with a group like O.A.R. and I'm sure that the venue will be rocking when our kids enter the staging area,” Jim Hudson, Director of Athletic Bands, said. “It should be very exciting for our students and hopefully all of Sun Devil Nation as well.”
Hudson said the idea to partner with O.A.R. began with a few Thunderbirds and since the group has previous experience playing with marching bands, including the Oho State Marching Band in October 2012, it was a natural fit for both the group and the Phoenix Valley.
In addition to supporting the football team, the Sun Devil Marching Band entertains the home crowd by performing 4 to 5 different shows every season. This translates to nearly 100 shows performed over the span of 20 years, and the participation of up to 400 band members each year. As a result, alumni of the Pride of the Southwest are credited with the ability to learn quickly and work hard, and are known to epitomize what Sun Devil Pride truly means.
General admission tickets for Wednesday’s show are $35 and VIP tickets are available for $175, and are on sale now through Ticketmaster (800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster outlet locations).
The Coors Light Birds Nest is located directly across from the main Waste Management Phoenix Open tournament entrance at 82nd Street and Bell Road, and is open from 3:30-10 p.m. Headline acts will take the main stage each evening at approximately 8 p.m. and it is a 21-and-over venue.