There are the obvious differences between the average fan and a band member. While both flock to the stadium to cheer on tigers, the band is there to do a job. That means getting there early, staying late and being ready for anything and everything in-between.
While the fans are sitting in their seats, eating stadium food and drinking beer, the band is hard at work, and only has a squished turkey wrap and a bottle of watter to keep them fueled for the game.
After they march to the stadium, perform pre-game and make their way back up into the stands there is no doubt that the band members are exhausted, and the game hasn’t even started yet.
They still have to play for every down, every point and, with “Oh-Wee-Oh” back in the set list, between the extra point and the kick-off. Then theres the half time show, which means another trip down to the field. This is not a short walk, especially if you are carrying a 45-pound-sousaphone. Jorge Morales, a 3rd year tuba for Tiger Band said,
“Yes, being in Tiger Band is exhausting, and we have to do a lot more work when we are at home in Tiger Stadium than we have to do in away stadiums, but its worth it. It is an honor to be a part of the band and to support our football team at home.”
All of the hard work is rewarding. After the game is over and all of the fans have left, the band partakes in its traditional singing of the alma mater. The echoing of 325 voices through an empty stadium after a win is more than enough to make up for all of the hard work. Many people have never even been in an empty Tiger Stadium, but its breathtaking.
To the band, Tiger Stadium is as much as a home for them as it is for the football team. They laugh, cry, cheer and build memories there.
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