Yesterday was UGA's senior day which marked the last time we seniors would perform in Sanford Stadium as Redcoat Band members. It's pretty strange to know that 8 years of marching is coming to an end. I've been marching since I was 13-years-old.
Oh band. It's a love/hate relationship, but mostly love.
I will go into detail with pictures from Saturday's game:
Love: that I met my boyfriend through marching band.
Love: the funny people I've met along the way.
Hate: waking up before the sun rises and practicing on game days
Love: my senior flower which I feel like should have been included as part of our uniform for every game because they're so pretty.
Hate: hats that never fit quite right with [more often than not] plumes that have lost half of their feathers.
Love: being on a gigantic screen. (The side of my head is on the very left for our senior tribute.)
Hate: the fact that these uniforms make you hot when it's warm outside but don't keep you warm when it's cold.
Love: that when you wear it you can walk right into the stadium and out on the field
Love: that people know I'm in the band and shout "go dawgs!" at me or tell me how much they love the band.
Hate: sitting through 4-hour-long football games after being awake before 7AM. [Sometimes I start falling asleep. Don't tell anyone.]
Love: winning and how happy everyone is when we do. [We're the SEC East champions now!]
Love: the trips we get to take [like Florida] and the fun party times we have while we're there.
Love: getting to perform on the field in Sanford with a huge amount of people watching us.
Love: that the football players and fans believe we influence the game because, of course, we're the team's biggest fans.
Hate: having to drive out to the practice field during the week. I'm either tired and don't want to practice or I don't want to deal with the stupid drivers of Athens.
Love: that I get to play with so many talented musicians. Probably my favorite thing is actually the music aspect and I'm really going to miss playing with a group like this.
There's so much more to it. How can I really break down why I love marching? I just do. Very few people [compared to the whole student body of UGA] have the opportunity to do what we do. The band shares a unique college experience. It's nice being part of this group and I'm sure I'll miss it come fall next year. Luckily I have 2 or 3 more games before the season is over so I don't have to mourn yet!
Happy Sunday everyone! I'm off to feast for my dad's birthday.