The Ole Miss Pride of the South marching band, along with the color guard, Rebelettes and cheerleaders, performed at the New Orleans Saints’ halftime show Sept. 23 in New Orleans.
The Ole Miss-Tulane game Saturday was not the only chance the Pride of the South and spirit squads were able to perform in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans the Saturday, September 22. They took the field again Sunday to perform the halftime show of the New Orleans Saints-Kansas City Chiefs game. Assistant Director of Bands Randy Dale said the Pride of the South, which was invited to perform at the game in May, performed the same halftime show it did for the Texas game Saturday before.
The show included “Land of Make Believe” and “La Suerte de los Tontos.” Also at halftime, the band and spirit squads had a chance to see a familiar University of Mississippi face. “During our performance, they honored Deuce McAllister,” Dale said. The former Ole Miss football player was inducted into the Saints Hall of Fame. Band member Cody Logan, who plays the snare drum, said he was excited to add an NFL performance to his band experiences. “I’ve played in the Vaught and many other SEC stadiums, bowl games and parades,” he said. “So this was a new experience to add to the list in my senior year.”
Spirit coordinator Amanda Hoppert said the Rebelettes and cheerleaders were “really excited” as well, but it was stressful for some members. “The hardest part was the weekend was rushed,” she said. “. . . the younger ones that went through rush were a bit stressed with rush, school and then leaving for the weekend.” For the most part, Dale and Hoppert said the week went as normally as it would for any other game weekend. “It is new for the cheerleaders to be part of a halftime show,” Hoppert said. Dale also said that the students were not nervous or stressed for the performance. “Yes, it put pressure on the staff,” he said. “But not the students, they were just excited to go.” Dale, Hoppert and other band and spirit squad members were excited to perform and represent UM in New Orleans. “It’s a good opportunity for the band to represent the university and to expose some of our culture and tradition in a big setting like that one,” Dale said.
From the DM by Jennifer Nassar