A Day in the Life…

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.

6 thoughts on “A Day in the Life…

  1. next time glance at the game clock when we get into the U… then glance again when we actually play spirit. it takes forEVER. they’re supposed to come out at 4 minutes til game time… but they never do. lol.

  2. next time glance at the game clock when we get into the U… then glance again when we actually play spirit. it takes forEVER. they’re supposed to come out at 4 minutes til game time… but they never do. lol.

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