Yesterday, the Miami Hurricanes lost to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets by a score of 17-14 at the Orange Bowl. It was another normal game for the Band of the Hour, though, and in this blog, I’m going to talk about the sequence of events yesterday morning/afternoon at the OB with the Band…
6:30 am: Time to wake up! Nevermind the fact that half of Miami is still partying from Friday night, there’s a big day ahead of us!
7:00 am: Student leaders report to the Band Hall
7:15 am: Rest of the band reports to the Band Hall, enjoys breakfast provided by Tau Beta Sigma (Co-Ed Band Sorority)
7:20 am: Process of loading buses begins
8:00 am: Buses depart UM for the Orange Bowl-a 15-minute drive
8:15 am: Buses arrive at the Orange Bowl, band members dress and enter stadium
8:35 am: Everything is loaded into the stadium, band moves onto field to take pictures
9:00 am: Pictures are finished, jackets come off and the band has a short rehearsal on the field
9:35 am: Rehearsal over, time for a break!
10:15 am (ish): Uniforms back on (minus hats, gloves, and gauntlets), band splits into two smaller bands, one going to each side of the stadium to play fight songs for the taligaters
11:00 am (ish): Tailgating is done, jackets come off, water comes out, time to relax
11:30 am: Full uniforms back on, plumes distributed, band members prepare for pregame
11:40 am: Pregame starts, the band makes the “U” on the field and spells out “MIAMI” and “CANES” while playing fight songs
11:50 am (ish): Band of the Hour performs the UM Alma Mater
11:53 am (ish): Band of the Hour performs the National Anthem, accompanied by “Maelstrom” men’s chorale
11:56 am (ish): Band forms a “U,” the base of which is at the big UM Helmet in the corner of the field where the players enter
11:58 am: Hurricanes enter the field, to the sounds of “Hail to the Spirit of Miami U” from the band
12:00 pm: KICKOFF!!
12:30 pm (ish): Shawnbrey McNeal takes a 4th and short run 39 yards and in for the ‘Canes… 7-0 Miami.
1:20 pm (ish): HALFTIME! The band performs their Latin show, complete with the “Miami Stomp” song/dance, and the fans love it!
1:40 pm (ish): Game resumes
2:25 pm (ish): By the end of the 3rd quarter, two Yellow Jacket TD’s have been scored by QB Taylor Bennett… 14-7 Georgia Tech
3:15 pm: The 4th quarter includes a TD Pass by Kyle Wright, and Yellow-Jacket FG by Travis Bell, making the end-of-game score 17-14 to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
3:20 pm: Band of the Hour plays through all the fight songs, then is joined by the football team (a new tradition) to sing the Alma Mater.
3:25 pm: Band of the Hour director Phillip Clements makes his announcements to the band, the band sings the Alma Mater as is tradition at the end of each week.
3:45 pm: Band members pack up and march back to the bus
4:00 pm: Bus departs for UM campus
4:15 pm: UM Band arrives back at the band hall, after an exhausting day of football and marching.
Why do we do it? Because we love to.