“This is really an experience like no other to go through,” Terrell Joseph said in reference to playing in the marching band during the Covid pandemic.
Joseph is a sophomore french horn player in the World Famed Tiger Marching Band. He is a biology major.
Since the pandemic started last January, many schools had to postpone, cancel or change their performances substantially, including the shift of Grambling’s football season from fall to spring.
With an upcoming football season starting this week against Jackson State University many fans were very concerned if the World Famed Tiger Marching Band would be making an appearance.
Terrell said the band will be playing this season, but not traveling for games.
”The band will not be attending any away games, only home games,” Terrell said,
The band will not be traveling to the postponed State Farm Classic in the second week of March.
The World Famed Tiger Marching Band is a key factor and an experience that many fans were excited to have alongside them cheering the football team on prior to pandemic.
Gearing up for football games before the pandemic was hard work, now band members are restricted under Covid guidelines.
Terrell said practice is going well for the band members regardless of the challenges social distancing and other guidelines pose.
“In order for us to get instruments for example only a certain amount of people per group can go and get it,” Joseph said.
With a pandemic and the safety guidelines the 2021 SWAC season will be an experience like no other.
“We all had to take a Covid test before starting practice,” Joseph said. “As a result of the pandemic, we don't have practice everyday like normally we would up until the game.”