The giant million-dollar scoreboard at Sams Stadium is upsetting members of the band who perform during football games because they’re being told not to play music while advertisements on the scoreboard air.

“I don’t think it’s fair for them to shut them up,” said Nelly Rodriguez, who’s daughter plays in the band at Pace Early College High School.

“I think our kids work very hard since summer, [getting] bitten by mosquitoes, in the sun, hungry, thirsty, so I don’t think it’s fair for them,” Rodriguez said. 

The Brownsville Independent School District believes the $1.5 million scoreboard will pay for itself in about six years with the advertising opportunities, which range from $100 to $5,000.

On September 4 during a board meeting, parents informed trustees and the superintendent that bands should not be limited to play during their high school games.

“It’s not fair that students have to be quiet for an advertisement,” said band mother Marisol Martinez. 

The band members and parents from all the BISD high schools are planning to assemble in support for the arts.