Woodrow Wilson HIgh School’s band received national exposure Sunday on NBC’s Today Show.

We’ve been writing about the renaissance of the Woodrow Wilson High School band for a few years. Now it looks like the entire country knows the story.

NBC’s Harry Smith, a former Dallas reporter and Oak Cliff resident, features the Woodrow band in a nearly four-minute Today Show story about Friday nights in Texas.

Perhaps you know the story, too: What was once a forgotten aspect of the high school experience with 15-20 students in the band has become a musical juggernaut with more than 130 students participating, winning consistent state-wide awards and now national exposure on NBC.

Director Chris Evetts left Highland Park High School in 2012 to resurrect the Woodrow band, which is featured in the Today Show piece, of course, as are the Sweethearts dance team and the Wildcat cheerleaders, along with all kinds of band members and students inside and outside the Woodrow building, playing at a football game, practicing … you get the idea.

Woodrow Wilson HIgh School band director Chris Evetts talks about reviving the schools’ band program Sunday on NBC’s Today Show.

Woodrow Wilson HIgh School’s band grew from about 15 students to more than 130. NBC’s Today Show highlighted the band Sunday.

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