Marching has been one of my passions since I was 13 years old. The beat of the drums, the cheer of football fans, playing my instrument on the field. When I got the opportunity to continue at Rutgers University, I couldn’t wait to start attending summer rehearsals. I went from playing with 60 other musicians to 250 and learning a new show every week for the halftime performance.
One of my favorite memories is the very first football game I played at with the Rutgers Marching Scarlet Knights. All 52,454 seats in the stadium were filled with fans, the lights shining down on the field. We start our show in the tunnels under the stadium, running out onto the field to perform a show before the kickoff. There was the boom of the cannon and we were off! Marching band in college is totally different than in high school - but I still found a fantastic community and met so many new and kind people. I even met engineers that I wouldn’t have talked to in class, but we became good friends once we found out we were in the marching band together. Integrating marching band into my schedule became easy too, since it counted as a class and gave me the opportunity to pursue a minor in music. After a day of engineering classes, I look forward to letting out my energy from the day by marching and playing tenor saxophone at rehearsals and ending my week with Rutgers football games.
I would encourage engineers passionate in music to consider joining organizations like the Marching Scarlet Knights or RU Pep Band, since it’s a great way to get involved with school spirit and continue your passions!