Band director, parent describe terrifying moment when bus caught fire
NORMAN, Okla. – Earlier this week, there were some very tense moments for the Norman High School band when its bus caught fire while traveling to a competition in Lawton.
Fortunately, everyone made it off the bus safely.
However, about 24 instruments were destroyed.
The kids were able to compete because of their rival, Norman North High School.
The Timberwolves offered to loan their instruments to band members who lost their instruments in the blaze.
The bus was a complete loss and the fire forced crews to close the southbound lane of the H.E. Bailey Turnpike.
Despite that ordeal, the students made it to Lawton and even got a superior rating from the judges.
Joel Deardorf, the Norman High School band director, and Michael Stanley, a parent chaperoning the trip, stopped by our studios to discuss the terrifying ordeal.
The band will be playing at Friday night’s football game.
Gilliams Music and the Norman Music Center are loaning the band members instruments to make sure they are able to perform.