Band to perform at Saints halftime

Posted on Sep 22 2012 - 7:25pm by Lacey Russell

The Ole Miss-Tulane game Saturday will not be the only chance the Pride of the South and spirit squads get to perform in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans this weekend. They are taking the field again Sunday to perform the halftime show of the New Orleans Saints-Kansas City Chiefs game. Assistant Director of Bands Randy Dale said the band, which was invited to perform at the game in May, will perform the same halftime show it did for the Texas game this past Saturday. The show will include “Land of Make Believe” and “La Suerte de los Tontos.” Also at halftime, the band and spirit squads will have a chance to see a familiar Ole Miss face. “During our performance, they’re going to honor Deuce McAllister,” Dale said. The former Ole Miss football player will be inducted into the Saints Hall of Fame. Band member Cody Logan, who plays the snare drum, said he is excited to add an NFL performance to his band experiences. “I’ve played in the Vaught and many other SEC stadiums, bowl games and parades,” he said. “So this will be a new experience to add to the list in my senior year.” Spirit coordinator Amanda Hoppert said the Rebelettes and cheerleaders are “really excited” as well, but it is stressful for some members. “The hardest part is that this weekend is rush,” she said. “So for the younger ones that are rushing, they have been a bit stressed with rush, school and then leaving for the weekend.” For the most part, Dale and Hoppert said this week has gone as normally as it would for any other game weekend. “It is new for the cheerleaders to be part of a halftime show,” Hoppert said. Dale also said that the students don’t seem nervous or stressed for the performance. “Yes, it’s put pressure on the staff,” he said. “But not the students, they’re just excited to go.” Dale, Hoppert and other band and spirit squad members are excited to perform and represent Ole Miss in New Orleans. “It’s a good opportunity for the band to represent the university and to expose some of our culture and tradition in a big setting like that one,” Dale said.

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