By: Margaret Dinu
After only 9 days of practicing and preparing under the hot August sun, on Thursday, August 29, the UCMB finally boarded the buses heading towards Rentschler Field in preparation for the first halftime performance of the season. Arriving at the field, the band sat down to enjoy a late lunch while waiting for everyone else to arrive at the stadium. Soon enough, the hour passed and everyone quickly pulled on their uniforms and headed to their spots in the Pre-C Block for one last run through of the music. After a short warm up with the directors, the UCMB finally marched into the stadium and down the bleachers in preparation for their Pregame performance. The band started off strong, playing Krypton Fanfare from the bleachers before running onto the field and going through Fight On Connecticut, Husky Fight Song, America the Beautiful/Battle Hymn, the national anthem, and finishing off once more with the fight song. The football team ran through the tunnel followed by the UCONN letters, the cheerleaders, and of course, our very own Jonathan XIV. The band then headed back up to the bleachers where they played various stand tunes throughout the first two quarters, such as Big Things Poppin’ and Iron Man. Finally, halftime came and the band took their spots on the field for the debut performance of Part 1 of the UCMB’s 2019 show, Clap Your Hands! Consisting of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Free Bird,” Lady Gaga’s “Applause,” and Fitz and the Tantrums’ “HandClap,” the first show went spectacularly, finishing off with the addition of a fan-favorite: “Cold-Hearted.”
Tired but thoroughly satisfied with their performance, the UCMB headed back up to the stands to resume cheering on the team with the addition of a few of their own cheers, such as the “Stick It In” chant and the well-known “Choco-Taco” chant. After a long and successful game, the band headed onto the field one last time to perform their post-game show for the loyal fans of the UCMB who stuck around after everyone else had gone. Following the show, band members quickly stripped off their uniforms before piling onto the buses to head back to W-lot, eager to get to bed after a long successful day, but even more excited for the promising performances to come.