Kansas high school band has instruments stolen in San Diego

SAN DIEGO - A Kansas high school marching band drove more than a day to San Diego to play during half-time at the Holiday Bowl, only to have their bus burglarized and their instruments stolen.

"I've been to Arizona, but that's as far as I've been out west," said 17-year-old saxophonist Devin Pearson about his first trip to California.

The band drove more than 1,500 miles to San Diego from the small town of Riverton, Kan. with its population of less than 1,000.

"It's a very small town. It's just an intersection, honestly. There are a few houses and that's about it. We've got a little bank and a post office, but nothing compared to all of this," Pearson said while gesturing to Qualcomm Stadium.

He and his band mates had never played in front of so many people, and it was almost canceled.

"I was just shocked," said Pearson. "I can't even describe it honestly."

The school bus was broken into outside of the DoubleTree in Mission Valley and some of the instruments were stolen.

Two saxophones were stolen that cost nearly $3,000 a piece.

Teachers told 10News that Otay Ranch High School stepped up and loaned some instruments to the Kansas students for the night.

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