Million Dollar Band
It’s game-day in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Crowds gather to watch their favorite football team take the field, and today is the day everyone picks a side. The crowd waits hungrily for the familiar sound heard by thousands on Saturday. The Million Dollar Band marches in four hundred strong playing “Yea Alabama” with a sound that envelopes the crowd. A hundred and one thousand people respond to their fight song with a deafening roar and watches as the show unfolds. The band hits their forms on the field with precision, and entertains with music. Many people wonder how the band always seems to nail their formations. How many hours go into perfection?
The process starts early in the dog days of August. While most of their peers are sleeping in, the Million Dollar Band members are practicing music and perfecting the fundamentals of marching. For weeks, the band drills and works in sections to create a spectacular half time show. Morning, afternoons, and nights are all sacrificed for the show. One person asked a member, “When do you have time for sleep?” and a percussionist answered, “Sleep is for Auburn’s band, you have to love success more than sleep.” Early in the morning, marching basics are covered. The band drills until each basic form is flawless, and then does it again. After a short break for lunch, the different instruments split into their own sections and practice the music. No dynamic or accent is left untouched, and the band strives to sound like a trillion dollars. And finally in the evenings, the band sets the formations on the field, and practices hitting the form until each member could do the show blindfolded. The process goes late at night, but nothing is spared for success.
It’s game day in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. A hundred and one thousand people have gathered to cheer on the Crimson Tide. The excitement is suspended in the air almost to the point of shattering, and then the Million Dollar Band marches in. The roar of the crowd energizes the band and the drum roll goes forth. The crowd gets louder, and the band bells out “Yea, Alabama” with pride in their hearts from marching in the best marching band in the country. As one hundred and one thousand people sing the greatest song on earth, every band member receives a sense of fulfillment from the hard work put in.
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