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Game Day Routine

(Home Games)
4:00 hours before kickoff:

2:30 hours before kickoff:

1:00 hour before kickoff:

:30 minutes before kickoff:

:20 minutes before kickoff:

:07 minutes before Halftime:



Post-game Parade:



On field rehearsal and run through with instruments

Breakfast for all band members

Final warm up in bandroom

Line up in parade formation to March into Greene Stadium

Perform Pre-Game show

Students will proceed to the visitor side to prepare for Halftime.

Students will learn and perform a new half-time show for every home game.

The "Showtime" Marching Band will remain in place after the game to perform a number of selections between the opposing band (if present)

"Showtime" will line up on the field, parade to the front of fine arts, and march inside.

Frequently Asked Questions

Band parents are often concerned about their children's participation in the band. Here are the questions that parents often raise and responses given by parents of current and past band members.

Q: How can I get tickets to the football games?
A: Each student is eligible to receive one complimentary ticket to each home football game. They will receive information on when and where to pick up these tickets the week of the game. (There is no choice of seat selection, but band parents are usually seated together right next to the band. After you attend a few games, you’ll recognize other parents; introduce yourself.)

Q: What does it cost to be in the band?
A: All new band members are required to pay Band Dues which will secure the cost of uniform cleaning, instrument maintenance, practice/ performance attire, and travel uniforms. Last year, new members to the Marching Band were required to pay dues of $375. Returning band members are required to pay the uniform cleaning, instrument cleaning/maintenance fee, and replace any worn or misplaced practice/performing attire. Details can be found under the Marching Band forms.

Q: How much practice time will our kids have for the band?
A: Members of the “Showtime” band are required to sign up for the class “Marching Band.” The class is scheduled Monday through Friday, 5:45pm - 8:00pm. On home game days, the band will rehearse in the morning at approximately 9:00am.

Q: I heard the band offers scholarships. How does that work?
A: The band offers band scholarships based on instrumentation and/or financial need. Have your child contact the band office for more information.

Q: Does the band go to every football game?
A: The “Showtime” band plays at all home games and will travel to as many away games as allowed by the University and Athletics Department. The band makes every attempt to attend as many games as possible to support the football team.

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