Made the annual pilgrimage to Tallahassee this weekend for FSU’s homecoming game (this year the ‘Noles pulled it out at the last minute to beat Maryland 35-27).
I’ve been going now for the past four years to play trombone in the FSU Marching Band Alumni during pre-game festivities. It’s almost worth it just to be on the field so I can watch the Marching Chiefs emerge from the endzone tunnel and pour out onto the field. Still makes me all goosebumpy (nostalgia is a wonderful thing — you get to remember all the cool parts of being in the band without having to recall all the hard work that went into being a Chief).
Some interesting tidbits concerning the trombone players in the alumni band and the Marching Chiefs:
- One alum was from the class of 1950 (!!!).
- Two of the guys I played with in the late 70s have sons who are currently playing trombone in the Chiefs
- The grandson of the woman who taught me to play trombone is currently a trombone player in the Chiefs. His dad was my college roommate one year and we attended school together from the 5th grade through college.
Here’s a pic of the alumni band in action during the pre-game show (I’m in the second row, third from the right– good luck trying to find me!).