UPDATE, 1/6/14: The Legend High School Marching Band is finally going back home to Colorado, according to band director Orlando Otis.
Since it is a large group, the band, chaperones and staff have to come home in shifts. The first group was set to arrive at Denver International Airport on Monday. The other four groups from the band will arrive home Tuesday.
Over the weekend, the kids and chaperones went to see "Frozen," played board games in the lobby of their hotel and played mini golf.
Original story below:
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The band members from Legend High School in Parker, Colo., thought they'd be back home from their Gator Bowl performance by now.
Instead, they're still in the River City, unable to get a flight home due to winter storms in Chicago, where they were supposed to catch their connecting flight on Southwest Airlines.
The airline told the band they may not be able to get a flight out of Jacksonville until Tuesday, so Legend Band Parent Mike Wetzel said the school is exploring other options to get students home so they don't miss the first day of school after Winter Break ends on Monday.
For now, Wetzel said, parents are wiring their kids money for a trip that's lasted longer than originally expected.
Until the weather snafu, band members have had a great time on their trip; practicing for the Gator Bowl Mass Band show at Terry Parker High School, taking first place in the Parade Competition in the awards ceremony at the Prime F. Osborn Convention Center and catching the sights at the Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine.