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Video+Story in Many Pics: Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta

Cheerleaders, bands, and fans took over the convention center Thursday for the annual Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta.

The fun started at noon, as cheerleaders from both teams welcomed visitors to the Sun Bowl Coaches news conference.

Andres Acosta was there as the Sun Devils and the Wolfpack cheered, marched and fired up their faithful fans, and brings you his view of the fun in this ‘Story in Many Pics.’

Parade of band at the fan fiesta for the Hyundai Sun Bowl

Posted by El Paso Herald-Post on Thursday, 28 December 2017

Posted by El Paso Herald-Post on Thursday, 28 December 2017

Posted by El Paso Herald-Post on Thursday, 28 December 2017

Take two of the Parade of the bands for the Hyundai Sun bowl

Posted by El Paso Herald-Post on Thursday, 28 December 2017

20th Annual Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta Set for Next Week, The Spazmatics to Headline

The Spazmatics, a cover band out of Austin, is set to headline the 2017 Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta presented by El Paso Live, Thursday, December 28 at the Judson F. Williams Convention Center from 4-9 p.m. (MT), with a fireworks show concluding the event.

An El Paso holiday staple since 1998, the Fan Fiesta has gained a new sponsor in El Paso Live, and the sponsor helped bring The Spazmatics on board to entertain the crowd on the eve of the 84th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl.

The group is described as “a nerdy new wave dance party” that provides outstanding musicianship combined with creative flair and style making for an evening of pure energy and entertainment.

Admission to the event is free with a wide variety of activities planned for the party including: matachines dancers, mariachis, ballet folklorico and the annual ‘Battle of the Bands’ that will feature the Arizona State marching band and the NC State marching band.

“The Fan Fiesta has really become a tradition here in El Paso and we encourage everyone to head downtown to enjoy everything the downtown area has to offer,” said Executive Director of the Sun Bowl Association Bernie Olivas.

Restaurants including Forti’s Mexican Elder, Carnitas Queretaro and Delicious Burrito will be serving up signature dishes. Academy Sports’ interactive tent, along with Sports World and Hyundai Sun Bowl Apparel, are providing team gear to Arizona State and NC State fans, as well as with El Paso-themed items.

“If there is one thing El Paso is known for, it’s the amazing and delicious food,” Olivas said.  “Join us down at the Judson F. Williams Convention Center for food, fun, and my favorite, fireworks!”

A kids’ area will also be set up with 18 interactive and inflatable activities. A $5 wristband is required. Military guests with a valid ID can enjoy the interactive attractions for free.

The Fan Fiesta is a way to showcase the spirit, flavor and hospitality of El Paso. Along with the various performing groups representing different artistic styles, multiple food and merchandise vendors will be on hand.

Sun Bowl Association Special Events Director Joe Daubach mentioned that the event continues to grow in popularity, and he fully expects great attendance.

2017 Hyundai Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta -Presented by El Paso Live

MAIN HALL PERFORMANCES

4:00 p.m. – 4:05 p.m.    –     National Anthem

4:05 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.    –     Performance by the City of Juarez

4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.    –     Introduction of the Sun Court

5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.    –     Performance by the City of Juarez

5:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.    –     House Music

6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.     –     Battle of the Bands

6:45 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.    –     Performance by the Spazmatics

LOBBY PERFORMANCES

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.    –     Performance by Paso Del Norte Mariachi

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.    –     Performance by Paso Del Norte Mariachi

PATIO PERFORMANCES

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.    –     Performance by Matachines San Patricios

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.    –     Performance by Matachines San Patricios

FIREWORKS 

9:00 pm – 9:15 pm             –     Christmas Fireworks Spectacular

PARADE OF UNIVERSITY BANDS

5:00 p.m. -5:45 p.m. – Both University Bands will march from the El Paso Convention Center around San Jacinto Plaza and Winter Fest back to the El Paso Convention Center.

Other Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta Entertainment

*FREE admission from 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

*FREE Face painting for kids and adults

*FREE Entertainment including Bands, Dance Groups, Mariachi Players and much more

*FREE – Ability to take picture with a Wild Western Group and Hyundai Sun Bowl Selfie Booth

* $5 wristband (unlimited entries) – inflatable/interactive games for adults and children

RestaurantsThere will be various restaurants represented with El Paso’s signature foods in the food court area to include Delicious Burrito, Destination El Paso and several others

Various Booths –Sun Bowl apparel, El Paso souvenirs, Academy Sports + Outdoors, El Paso Times, Simon Properties, Sport World Sporting Goods, Sun Metro  and several interactive displays and many other vendors

The Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta will COMP all military children under 12 a $5 wristband. This will allow unlimited entries to all the inflatable/interactive games. You must present your Military ID at the inflatable games ticket tent to receive the wristband

Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta Line Up Announced

With a new sponsor and an great marquee match up between Stanford and the University of North Carolina, the annual Fan Fiesta returns to Downtown El Paso next week.

The 2016 Fan Fiesta -Presented by El Paso Live, is set for Thursday, December 29 at the Judson F. Williams Convention Center from 4-8 p.m. (MT), with a fireworks show immediately following.

An El Paso holiday staple since 1998, the Fan Fiesta has gained a new sponsor in El Paso Live.

Admission to the event is free with a wide variety of entertainment planned for the party, including local afro-toting disco legends, Fungi Mungle, matachines dancers, mariachis, ballet folklorico and performances by the University of North Carolina and Stanford’s Stand-in Band Horizon High.

A sneak peek of Sun Bowl half-time performers Elia Esparza and Khaliya Kimberlie is also planned. Wild West-inspired performance troupe Six Guns and Shady Ladies will be part of the entertainment lineup.

Restaurants including Forti’s Mexican Elder, Carnitas Queretaro and Delicious Burrito will be serving up signature dishes. Academy Sports’ interactive tent, along with Sports World and Hyundai Sun Bowl Apparel, are providing team gear to Stanford and North Carolina, along with El Paso-themed items.

A kids’ area will also be set up with 18 interactive and inflatable activities. A $5 wristband is required. Military guests with a valid ID can enjoy the interactive attractions for free.

The Fan Fiesta is a way to showcase the spirit, flavor and hospitality of El Paso. Along with the various performing groups representing different artistic styles, multiple food and merchandise vendors will be on hand.

Sun Bowl Association Special Events Director Joe Daubach mentioned that the event continues to grow in popularity, and he fully expects great attendance.

2016 Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta -Presented by El Paso Live MAIN HALL PERFORMANCES

4:00 p.m. – 4:05 p.m.    –     National Anthem

4:05 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.    –     Horizon High School Band and Stanford Cheerleaders

4:35 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.    –     Introduction of the Sun Court

5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.    –     Performance by Fungi Mungle

5:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  –  Elia Esparza and Khaliya Kimberli

6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.  –  University of North Carolina Band Performance

6:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  – Performance by Fungi Mungle

LOBBY PERFORMANCES

4:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.    –     Performance by Ballet Folklorico Paso Del Norte

                       Mariachis Raices de America

6:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.    –        Performance by Danza San Pio X de Matachines

PATIO PERFORMANCES

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.    –     Performance by Danza San Pio X de Matachines

FIREWORKS

8:15 p.m – 8:25 p.m.          –     Fireworks Spectacular

Other Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta Entertainment

*FREE admission from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

*FREE – Face painting for the kids and adults

*FREE – Entertainment including Bands, Dance Groups, Mariachi Players and much more

*FREE – Ability to take picture with a Wild Western Group and Hyundai Sun Bowl Selfie Booth

Appearance by:

Halftime performers and “The Voice” Contestants Elia Esparza of El Paso and Khaliya Kimberlie

* $5 wristband (unlimited entries) -18 inflatable/interactive games for adults and children

Food Vendors:

Delicious Burrito and SMG Ball Park Favorites

Various Vendors – Sun Bowl apparel, El Paso souvenirs, 18 interactive displays and many other venders

The Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta will COMP all military children under 12 a $5 wristband. This will allow unlimited entries to the 18 inflatable/interactive games.

You must present your Military ID at the inflatable games ticket tent to receive the wristband.

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Video+Story: Horizon High Band Selected to Represent Stanford in 83rd Annual Sun Bowl

By this time in the school year, except for a few fortunate schools playing for the Texas State High School Football Championships, the marching band’s season is long over.

Fields and grandstands are empty, marching instruments are stored, uniforms are pressed and musicians are three pieces deep into music for the upcoming Christmas concerts. But for Clint ISD’s Horizon High Scorpion Marching Band a huge stage beckons: The 83rd Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl Game.

Amidst all the pomp and circumstance of the college bowl game season, selection Sunday and the announcement of the matchup between Stanford and the University of North Carolina,  Horizon High’s band was selected to be the ‘stand in’ band for the Stanford Marching Band.

Stanford’s performances are well known, as is their reputation for being one of the more rowdy bands in the NCAA; so much so that the university suspended all band activities though the end of the 2017 Spring semester.

Against this unfortunate backdrop, officials with the Sun Bowl and Stanford looked to make the best of the situation, and began searching for a local band to represent their school in the December 30th game and during all the pregame activities.  Organizers looked to the bands in the region, hoping to find one that fit with their school’s marching tradition of “irreverence and exuberance.”

According to Horizon High Principal Elena Acosta, the notification about the band’s selection came via a text from ‘out of nowhere.’

“We were mentioned to someone in the Sun Bowl Association – our kids reputation as being a top band in the area – and how well they had done this year,” Acosta said.

That success was a long time coming for the band, which at one point only had 44 members on the field.  Band Director Raul Candelaria spent the last six years developing the band into one of the region’s premiere programs. Since taking the helm, Candelaria has seen the band grow in numbers, talent and achievement.

Nearly 180 members strong, the Horizon Band has been on a streak, receiving ‘Division 1’ ratings in each of the competitions held this year – culminating in a first-ever finals appearance at New Mexico State University’s Tournament of Bands, where they finished 9th out of the 30DSC_0875 regional bands in attendance; earning them a banner – yet another first for the band.

But it was the band’s precision and energy that got them noticed, then selected for the Sun Bowl honor. Oddly enough, it was a game that was almost cancelled and countless YouTube videos that sealed the deal.

Tommy Gray, Associate Athletic Director for External Relations at Stanford says reached out to the Sun Bowl for help.  Local Sun Bowl officials were happy to oblige, compiling a list recommended bands and escorting school officials from school to school, searching for the best fit.

Earlier this year, one of those Sun Bowl officials made the trek to the High Desert to watch Hanks take on Horizon for the final game of the season. During pregame, that official watched as the drumline rehearsed nearly non-stop prior to the game; he admired their talent and work ethic, and looked forward to seeing them in action later that night.

Unfortunately, the performance never took place as a severe storm moved through the area, forcing the band – during senior night – into the safety of the band hall.  But the warm up stuck with the representative, and Horizon’s name was passed along to the Stanford officials.

A few weeks and several Horizon High Band YouTube videos later, those same Stanford and Sun Bowl officials met with Principal Acosta and decided the band was the right fit for the job.

DSC_0908“Just watching those YouTube videos of the kids playing music in the stands, having fun, hyping the crowd and their performances during the halftime shows and competitions,” Gray shares, “pretty much sealed the deal.”

Gray adds that the band’s tasks will include playing Stanford’s alma mater, fight song and other stand tunes, as well as “just representing the Cardinal with the same energy and fun like the do with their team every week.”

Assistant Band Director Carl Ortega was the first to find out about the good news, as Candelaria was out of town on his honeymoon.

“I was in the middle of testing when Principal Acosta called me in and I’m like ‘Oh-oh,” Ortega shares, “And she says she’s been in contact with officials with the Sun Bowl and Stanford and she told me the good news…I was floored.”

Ortega rushed back to class, sharing the news with the students who reacted with screams of joy.  Once he was back in town, Candelaria got the band back on track for marching and stand tunes, fitting it in with rehearsals for the upcoming Christmas shows.

“I didn’t believe it, at first,” Candelaria said, “but it’s now just a matter of juggling this performance, along with solo and ensemble and area competition and getting them used to marching once again…it’s all a challenge…but it’s fun.”

Drum Major and Clarinet Section Leader Hitlief Lara believes the band’s combination of discipline and fun solidified their selection as Stanford’s stand in.

DSC_0967“I’m really excited and really proud that we’ve been recognized for all our hard work,” Lara says, “and I really think that our marching show set us apart from other bands.”

Lara adds that the pride of having others recognize their hard work makes the experience that much better.

“I’m really thankful for this opportunity, I’m a proud Drum Major to know my band has been selected for this…it’s just beyond fun.”

Alondra Martinez, Mellophone Section Leader for the band, sums it up for her fellow bandmates.

“I was really stunned – at first – that a university like Stanford would choose us to be part of the game,” Martinez says through a mile-wide smile, “but it’s really nice experience and I’m really glad that our band has this opportunity to demonstrate the results of our hard work all season.”

The 2016 Hyundai Sun Bowl game will be played Friday, Dec. 30, at 12 p.m. MT at Sun Bowl Stadium. The 2016 game will mark the 83rd anniversary of the Sun Bowl game and the 49th consecutive broadcast on CBS. Tickets are available by calling the Sun Bowl Association office at 915-533-4416.

2015 Hyundai Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta Set for Today

The Sun Bowl Association invites fans and media to the 19th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta on Dec. 25, 2015, 4 p.m. (MT) at the Judson F. William Convention Center.

Admission is free to the event with charges only placed on food and beverage items. A $5 wristband can also be purchased for access to 18 inflatable/interactive games for adults and children.

The Fan Fiesta is an annual Sun Bowl event that serves as an entertainment platform for local and out-of-town fans who plan on attending the Hyundai Sun Bowl.

“The Fan Fiesta is an essential part of the Hyundai Sun Bowl experience,” Sun Bowl Association Executive Director Bernie Olivas said. “It’s great to see local supporters and fans from both of the participating schools come together and have a good time. This is an exciting event that leads-up to the Hyundai Sun Bowl.”

Cherr Camp/Fan Fiesta (2014) - 153This year’s Fan Fiesta will include fan-favorite events like the legendary battle of the University Bands, University pep rallies and a spectacular fireworks show to conclude the event. The University of Miami and Washington State University bands will be this year’s battle of the bands participants.

El Paso’s own Fungi Mungle band will also provide entertainment with a two-set performance. Included in the festivities will be the 2015 Sun Court, Mariachis and a Hyundai Sun Bowl Selfie Booth.

The following day on Dec. 26, at noon, the Hyundai Sun Bowl will take place at Sun Bowl Stadium. For ticket information call (915) 533-4416 or visitwww.sunbowl.org on the web.

Follow the Hyundai Sun Bowl on social media for exclusive photos and videos of all Sun Bowl events. The Hyundai Sun Bowl social media platforms include, Facebook (Hyundai Sun Bowl), Twitter (@HyundaiSunBowl), Instagram (hyundaisunbowl) and Snapchat (sunbowl2015).

2015 Hyundai Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta – Schedule of Events

MAIN HALL PERFORMANCES

4:00 p.m. – 4:05 p.m.    –     National Anthem

4:05 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.    –     Performance by Fungi Mungle

4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.    –     Introduction of the Sun Court

5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.    –     Performance by Fungi Mungle

5:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.    –     House Music

6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.     –     Battle of the Two University Bands

6:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.    –     Performance by Fungi Mungle

 

LOBBY PERFORMANCES

4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.    –     Performance by Raices De Ballet Folklorico

5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.    –     Performance by Raices De Ballet Folklorico

5:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.    –     Performance by Danza Azteca

7:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.    –     Performance by Danza Azteca

 

PATIO PERFORMANCES

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.    –     Performance by Danza Azteca

FIREWORKS

8:15 pm – 8:25 pm             –     Christmas Fireworks Spectacular

 

OTHER SUN BOWL FAN FIESTA ENTERTAINMENT

*FREE admission from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

*FREE – Face painting for the kids and adults

*FREE – Entertainment including Bands, Dance Groups, Mariachi Players and much more

*FREE – Ability to take picture with a Wild Western Group and Hyundai Sun Bowl Selfie Booth

 

* $5 wristband (unlimited entries) -18 inflatable/interactive games for adults and children

RESTAURANTS

There will be various restaurants represented with El Paso signature foods in the food court area1025 to include Forti’s Mexican Elder and Delicious Burrito (four booths).

Various Vendors – Sun Bowl apparel, El Paso souvenirs, Macy’s, Sport World Sporting Goods, 18 interactive displays and many other venders

The Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta will COMP all military children under 12 a $5 wristband. This will allow unlimited entries to the 18 inflatable/interactive games. You must present your Military ID at the inflatable games ticket tent to receive the wristband.

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