So, if you don’t know about our football team, we’re 3-0 this year. During homecoming (10/10/15), we killed Bowdoin, ending the game 43-24. But, surprisingly, the next day on the cover of the Tufts Daily was a picture of the pep band!
We were all like “WHAAAAAT?!?”
Last year, our pep band was around 25 students and the year before that it was even smaller. This year we have over 40 students! We have tubas and French horns and bari saxophones and it’s amazing. Pep band is a fun, energetic group of students who love goofing around and playing awesome music such as: All the Small Things, Come on Eileen, and Shake it Off (yes, we do play the T-Swizzles). We’re a very warm and welcoming group and they really got me to get out of my comfort zone, learn the actual rules of football, and cheer my face off at games. And now, I'm Spirit Shoehorn, which basically means I get to lead the cheers. Luckily, I haven't lost my voice yet, but that will probably change as we get further into the season.
My favorite thing about pep band is that we’re a family. Every evening, before rehearsal, we go to Dewick and get dinner. Every Thursday, we get sundaes together. Every game, we eat doughnuts during the third quarter because our chops need a rest. And, as per tradition, the morning of homecoming we make chocolate chip pancakes. Yes, the pep band is circled around food and there is nothing wrong with that. We don't judge. We're there for each other and if I ever needed help, I know I can call on them.
The picture shown above was taken last year. It was our last home game and we had to go big. Regardless of the fact that it was 42 degrees outside (which now seems like a warm day compared to all the snow last year) and raining, we painted our stomachs and chests and played and cheered in the stands. Honestly, my freshman year wouldn't have been the same if someone hadn't convinced me to join. And we're already planning on the next ridiculous thing we're going to do, which I cannot wait for.
Next weekend, we'll be taking the band on the road. I can’t wait to travel to Williams with them next weekend to spread our Jumbo Pride! Let's go Bo's!