LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) — Saturday is the start of a new season of songs for the Cornhusker Marching Band.
The band has been busy practicing for nearly 10 hours a week to get ready for the upcoming season and features 300 members.
Members of the band say it's a dream come true to play in front of 90,000 fans on game day inside Memorial Stadium.
"II get to see I play for Nebraska as I walk on to field to play for Nebraska," said Jacob Coughlin, a Millard North graduate and third-year drum major for the marching band. "I know it's not the same connotation that the football players have but for me I take a lot in to it as well. I truly play for Nebraska and I take a lot of pride in that, in our school and our whole state."
Each game the band plays the school fight songs during the pregame show and the band plays a different halftime show each weeks. Saturday's show will be a moon-themed show in honor of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.
Like college athletes, band members have a work out and dynamic stretching routine and go over nutrition with the staff. While athletes are receiving scholarships to participate in sports, members of the band are paying for the opportunity to participate. Marching band is a one-credit class at UNL.
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