While what happens in Vegas, normally stays in Vegas, on April 2 the world got a glimpse into life on the strip when members of the Star of Nevada Marching Band from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), joined forces with Lady Antebellum at the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards.
Forty members of UNLV’s band shared the stage with Lady Antebellum to perform the group’s new song “You Look Good” at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The opportunity to perform with one of the biggest names in country music came out of the blue for Anthony LaBounty, director of the UNLV band.
In late February, ACM contacted the organization with a request to perform at country music’s big awards ceremony. One month and two rehearsals later, it was show time!
The event provided a meaningful learning opportunity for all of the students involved. Attention to detail and professionalism became vital. “It was important for them to see and work with a professional act that was there to do business,” LaBounty says. “It was good for them to see professional musicians who were serious about making music and making a living doing it.”