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Monday, September 1, 2014

Inside the College Marching Band

Pictures from my personal library @tatershell

Let's talk about one of my favorite parts of college football...the college marching band! Klell and others have been extremely gracious in previous posts about the band. 

Now, I love the Auburn band. My parents were in the Auburn band. They met there as a matter of fact. I wouldn't be here without it! 

I was in the band in college, but not at Auburn. I went to undergrad at Southern Miss. The band there was and is very large and important to the school. I loved every single second of it, but I am not going to lie, there were many times where the band might feel a little unappreciated. It is a lot of work. 

Last night, as I rode Tiger Transit back to Facilities parking area, I saw the band walking back to the band room/dorm/car, etc. A couple of girls about 13 or 14 years old commented on them walking with their heavy instruments. Of course, they were soaked to the core, even with the awesome ponchos. 

Can I tell you a little about how exhausting game day is for a band member? On Friday nights before the game, we had  A/B groups for 'Friday Nights at the Fountain', which was a community wide pep rally.  (Obviously held at the University Fountain). 

Sometimes, the football team couldn't even come because it came after their curfew.  This was after practice on Fridays. On game days, we had an early morning rehearsal or walk through. There were games where it was really early.  Sometimes we were required to go in small groups around tailgate areas and play. 

Depending on the time of the game, we had very little time before we were required to be in uniform for Eagle Walk. (You can guess) Eagle Walk is a little different from Tiger Walk in that the band, color guard, Dixie Darlings and some others did an actual parade around campus before coming to the 'tunnel' where the football team would join us. 

After Eagle Walk, we would get ready for pre-game. Then the game, halftime, game (no quarters off in college band) came before what we called 'The Fifth Quarter' where we played some of our halftime music and other crowd favorites.  Fifth quarter was actually one of my favorite things we did. 

Most of our family and friends would come stand on the field while we played the favorites in the stands. Then the director gave some instructions about practice the next week. For us, it was 3 days a week for away games we were NOT going to and 4 days a week for home games or away trips we where we were going.  As you saw last night, the band stays out in all sorts of weather. Perk? Awesome ponchos.  

Even with ponchos, try to picture being wet in thick uniforms after sitting in baking sun!! Now when all this was finally done, you hike back to the music building to put away instruments that are larger. If you played a smaller instrument, you usually just took it with you. We weren't allowed to park anywhere near the stadium, so we usually had a trek after a really long day.  None of this is meant as any complaint but I thought you might not know some of the things that go on game day.  

It was an incredible experience to be a part of things. I would not trade a single second of it, including playing in deluges, tropical storms, long bus trips, exhibition shows, or playing on a flooded field where the water was up to my ankle! I got to travel to a bunch of stadiums that I wouldn't have seen otherwise. 

We did exhibition shows at Saints games. I also got to travel to places including Ireland and England. So the next time you go to a game, make sure you remember the long day the band has already had before game time and give them a big cheer!

Auburn Tigers Enter Field in 2014 Opener

Sunday, August 31, 2014


At Auburn, we train harder, work longer and develop that special game day speed, for our training staff! That's why we are #AuburnFast

Auburn Fans Sing Through Rain in 2014 Opener

2014 Auburn Tigers Football Inspiration Video

Defense Lifts Tigers in 2nd Half

Auburn hosted the Razorbacks from Arkansas Saturday to start the 2014 football season. The Hawgs left with the bitter taste of defeat as the Tigers were victorious by the score of  45 - 21.

As most hosts in the South are prone to do, they entreated their guests, and made them feel welcome. There were some highlight worthy plays, and many delightful celebrations in the first half. The trap was set for the Hawgs in the 2nd half.

For all of the merriment would belong to the Auburn faithful in the second half. Allowing just 2 yards rushing and a paltry 61 yards of total offense, and only 3 first downs after the halftime break. These Tigers had this old writer feeling some old time love for an Auburn defense.

 Everything the Razorbacks found success with in the first half was quickly and summarily put to rest in the second. Auburn's defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson had figured out the visitors strategy. Adjustments were made, and the visitors would no longer feel welcomed. 

What followed was the most dazzling display by an Auburn defense since the days when Tommy Tuberville walked the sidelines as the Auburn coach. A pick six by Jermaine Whitehead set up by a crushing tackle by Robenson Therezie as the Hawgs QB was releasing his pass attempt. 

Sacks, tackles for losses, ignited the rain soaked crowd. Even an hour and 28 minute rain delay was not stopping the celebration.

There were many offensive highlights by our Tigers throughout the entire game, but nothing is more welcome in Auburn than watching their defense play "Good old American football."

War Eagle!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

2014 Auburn Football vs Arkansas Highlights

Highlights of Auburn's victory playing "Good old American football" over the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

13 Seconds and Counting

Photo by: Todd Van Emst
We've been waiting with great expectations,
To get faster and tighten our game!!

Just 13 seconds more with the Seminoles; 
And a National Title was ours to claim!!

That 13 seconds has kept us humble;
And kept our coaches up late in the night!

Coach Malzahn has expanded his play book;
And our Auburn Tigers are ready to fight!

We may take a few extra chances,
But we will get faster with every play!

When our speed overtakes the Hogs;
It should just make Bret Bielema's day!

Both Johnson and Marshall are poised and ready 
for this very important first conference game!!

But, Be prepared to see some changes,
While some things will remain the same!!

We look forward to coach Malzahn on the sideline
With his fist pumping Boom Boom Booms!!!

It will be "Lights Out" for the Arkansas Razorbacks!!
Our first Auburn Saturday can't  get here too soon!!!!

The Poetic Tiger

Monday, August 25, 2014

Top 10 Reasons #1: The Auburn Family

Of course I am biased, you would be too. It's just the greatest fan base in the entire country. 

 We have started a series of Top 10 reasons to be excited about Auburn football.  Previously discussed on our list, in order:
10 - Sammie Coates
9 - Auburn Marching Band
8 - Jordan-Hare Stadium
7 - Tailgating Experience
  6 - Auburn Arena  
  5 - Toomer's Corner
  4 - Coach Malzahn 
  3 - Flight of War Eagle

2 - Tiger Walk 

Often times visitors from outside our conference come to visit Jordan-Hare Stadium, and many will tell of the charm and refreshing attitude of the Auburn family. Whether it be tailgating, or during the game, most leave with a surprised outlook on just how nice they were treated.

Our Creed says a lot about the character of the Auburn Family. " I believe in the human touch, which cultivates sympathy with my fellow men and mutual helpfulness and brings happiness for all."


One of the most beautiful things ever written about Auburn football was authored by Bud Poliquin, who at the time was working for the Syracuse Post-Standard. You can read the entire post on the website of the West Georgia Auburn Club. Below is an excerpt of his eloquent post:

"In other words to compare our college football experience to that of Auburn (and a lot of other places) is to compare a skillet of beans to a plate of Chilean sea bass. And while that might sound harsh, it doesn’t make the words any less true.
Believe me on this. Please. I have descended into college football’s Grand Canyon. I have stood in its Alps. I have gazed at its ocean sunset. I have attended a game at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala. And I’ve been changed forever."

All of this signifies the inescapable conclusion, that the spirit of the Auburn Family is the #1 reason to be excited about Auburn football. The Auburn Family is you!

War Eagle!