Eastside High School band Director Alan Fowler leads about 50 band students at the Daytona 500 Sunday before the rains forced the race to be postponed until Monday.
COVINGTON -- The rains that postponed the Daytona 500 for the first time in its history couldn't keep the Eastside High School band from playing at the race.
About 50 students from the band and some chaperones headed to Daytona on Thursday for the race.
"We applied about a year ago and were accepted last spring," said EHS band director Alan Fowler.
Although the race ended up being postponed late Sunday due to heavy rains, students were able to get in their performance on pit road as part of the pre-race ceremony on Sunday.
"The rain was frustrating and understandably disappointing, but everything else about our trip was so amazing, I can't complain," Fowler said. "The kids were great, and the parents who went along as chaperones were terrific -- everything about the trip was truly wonderful."
Fowler said that since the Daytona 500 is called The Great American Race, the band played a 12-minute program of patriotic and fun tunes that included some crowd favorites.
"We opened with 'In the Heat of the Night,' since we are from Covington," Fowler said.
The band then played "You're a Grand Old Flag" and "America the Beautiful." They also played favorites like Van Halen's "Jump" and Journey's "Don't Stop Believing."
And, of course, they played the school's fight song before departing.
The group returned to Georgia late Sunday.