On January 5 and 6, Auburn University’s marching band, pep squad and Tiger Paw dance team members practiced at the University High School (UHS) stadium. Over 400 people watched the public practice as Auburn prepared for its pre-game and half time shows for the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) football game in the Rose Bowl. During school hours on January 6, UHS students and staff packed the stadium to watch Auburn marching band rehearse for the championship game against Florida State. Kara Lu (Sr.) said, “It was really entertaining to watch another band’s rehearsal from the perspective of someone who’s been a part of UHS’s marching band for so long. I felt like I could really understand and appreciate the work that they were doing. I loved their energy!”
Through the Rose Bowl association’s request, Mr. Kevin McCaffrey (Athletic Dept.) arranged for Auburn University’s band and performers to use the stadium. Auburn University donated $1,000 to the UHS athletic department in return for its use of UHS facility.
Performing at its second BCS National Championship game since 2011, Auburn University’s marching band, directed by Dr. Corey Spurlin, consists of 380 college students, many of whom are music majors. In addition to performing at UHS, Auburn University’s marching band, pep squad and dance team members rehearsed at Glendale Community College and Disneyland parade. The group performed various chants and songs, including the university’s “War Eagle Fight” song and “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor during the pep rally and halftime performance at the 2013 BCS championship game.
By KRUTHI REDUCHINTALA