It’s Game Day in America. There is nothing like it. The games do not start at kick-off, they begin at sunrise; with the faint aroma of barbeque in the air, dazed and hung-over students looking for their parked car from the night before and the distant echo of marching bands practicing their halftime performance.
At many schools, the marching band is just as important as the football team. The band supplies the soundtrack to the day’s festivities. It’s a distinctive American tradition started at the turn of the 20th century where a school’s ROTC band would play the National Anthem before the game. After a while the bands began performing Sousa marches during halftime to keep the crowed entertained. As schools began writing their own marches, aka ‘Fight Songs,’ bands became a staple of the American Football game. The marching band is as old as the football program… they go hand and hand with each other.
Here is a look at some of the more ‘Unique’ marching band traditions. Not to be confused with the ‘Greatest’ traditions, because that is always debatable.