BOISE -- World-class tennis athletes won't be the only ones on the court for the Davis Cup Quarterfinals this weekend.

A Fruitland High School percussion group will be performing at Taco Bell Arena. Fruitland is a small town with a population of about 4,000 people. For the students fromFruitland High, a school of 450 students, the opportunity is a special one.

That's because the United States Tennis Association reports they've already sold more than 8,000 tickets to the Davis Cup. The event is also broacast worldwide on satellite and cable, creating quite a large audience for these student musicians.


Thursday, the drum line unpacked their instruments for a rehearsal they weren't even slated to have. That's because Boise State's Blue Thunder percussion group is out of town for the weekend, so the USTA made a call to Fruitland High School band director Joel Williams to enlist his help.

Obviously playing for an international event is an incredible opportunity for these students from a small town, said Williams. And here we are getting a chance to do this for an event that's being broadcast in 90 countries worldwide. This is an incredible opportunity for all of us.

The Fruitland players had three-and-a-half minutes of music ready. However, the USTA needed more - nine minutes.

I had one day to give the students music, and then we were on spring break. So they've done it from Monday 'til this morning, and pulled it together, it's an amazing group of kids, said Williams.


Senior Bass drummer Taylor Foote said she's never played on TV before.

It's a big deal and we've been working really hard at practice, said Foote.

The biggest audience senior snare drummer Ethan Davis has performed for is about 1,000 people.

I think the applause right after we finish and just looking out at all the people and looking at all the cameras and knowing that we just played for this international event will be pretty incredible, said Davis.

To get a chance towards the tail-end of our year, right before graduation is just fantastic. And I couldn't ask for a better end to this year's drumline, Foote said.

The Fruitland percussion group will be playing during player entrances Friday. The drumline will play during player entrances Saturday and Sunday.

For more information on the Davis Cup, see our online guide.

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