Back in the day, you didn’t have TV timeouts that were 2:30, 3:00, or longer. Some ESPN timeouts were 3:20! That is half of a halftime show for the RMB. They cannot sustain playing for 3 minutes 15 times a game AND do pregame AND do halftime AND do postgame AND do the myriad of pep rallies leading up to games (that have slowly built up from “rare” back in the 80s to “everywhere” now).
So, some DJ work is okay. The DJ work had been rather unimpressive for years. Mimicking other schools, long cuts, significant volume issues with stadium announcer and the band, etc. This week was the best performance yet. Artful segues, tasty blend of many musical styles (not all encompassing but better), and they left time and space for traditions like the cheerleaders and band.
We are fortunate to have a great fight song. Many schools lack that. The variation fight (plays right after the fight song on scoring plays, often starting while the PAT is being executed) is a nice touch few schools have. Swing March (The “A” going down the field during pre-game) is a bonus. William Tell Overture. NFL Today. Tusk. We probably have MORE band traditions than any school, matched only by Bama and Texas. You’ll note (or maybe I’ll help): Bama and Texas are probably the two best marching bands we will see this year. LSU comes close and has a nice selection of traditional tunes.
Folks always try to come up with “suggestions” and the biggest one I can offer is - find a place for EACH of our traditional band songs so that we come to expect them! 2001: Zarathustra is always the break after the 3rd quarter. Good! That is good timing. The DJ does not tred on that territory. There was a nice interplay that timeout vs UT - 2001, DJ, band again.
But, musicians don’t like sustaining sound for 3 minutes. The louder the crowd the louder they have to play, too. We already have to amplify them subtly so the sound reaches all of RRS. (UT, Ohio State, and some other schools with big stadiums will have bands another 40-60 students bigger than RMB so that they can fill the stadium with sound.)
One more tidbit on “tradition” and band. In 1984 or 1985 the band abandoned the traditional pregame that started in 1970-ish and is still used today. Abandoned for one year. The school asked for the band to include the song “Arkansas, You Run Deep In Me” apparently in an attempt to find a “state song” not unlike TX, OK, WVA, and TN. It failed miserably, and was abandoned after that one year, thankfully. Some things cannot be forced upon a school. Tradition is hard; cherish and nurture what you have.