This is the first of our series “The Road to Ireland” as we watch Gator Band prepare for their trip overseas.
While many University of Florida students soaked in the last days of summer, members of the Gator Marching Band were hard at work.
Memorizing music, learning drill, practicing new movements and making new friends are all part of the annual band camp at UF, but this spring the band is traveling to Ireland to participate in St. Patrick’s Day festivities including St. Patrick’s Festival Parade in Cork, 51st International Band Championship in Limerick and St. Patrick’s Festival in Dublin.
To reduce the cost per student, the band has set up a trip fund through the UF Foundation.
Take an inside look at this process of how the marching band takes the field and is preparing for its overseas performances.
Not every drill set gets marched to. Like in the Gators spell-out in the pregame show, members run to their next set having to know exactly where to be in seconds.