Rain or shine, with the Tiger Swing Band, the show must go on!
Rain or shine, with the Tiger Swing Band, the show must go on!

Playing in the Rain

Commitment to excellence, even in the harshest of conditions.

September 4, 2020

We all know that 2020 brought many new surprises and challenges to everyone, the Tiger Swing Band, included. For instance, the band had to practice all summer making sure we were social distanced from other members of the band and wearing a mask during transition or waiting times.

But after we got through all that, we couldn’t wait for the first performance of the year, and it was memorable because of one reason- our performance during the first game of the season in a massive rainstorm. Nonetheless the show must go on! The Tiger Swing Band had pulled off yet another amazing performance in the rain when most would’ve just expected them to just call it off and, as a member of the swing band, I did too.

The motivation of the Tiger Swing Band had grown and afterwards, almost every person had a smile on their face feeling proud of the history that we just made. The mindset we had is, “If we’re gonna do this, we’re gonna do it right!” That, plus our determination of how hard we worked the entire summer is what got us through what some would describe as the darkness of the storm, Senior majorette Riley Cecil said: “I could taste my hairspray.”

At first we were unsure on how we could perform, kind of hopeful that it was just a quick sprinkle but that was not the case. Head band director Jason Neel says: “Especially given the circumstances, I thought the band did an outstanding job and I couldn’t be prouder of the way they responded.”

From personal perspective, I can say that I had fun and, although it was difficult to see through the sheets of rain, it was definitely an adrenaline rush, and I’m not the only one who thinks so. Junior drum major Brandon Johnson said: “It was amazing. I loved it and I wanna do it again”

Junior trumpet player Nathan Luke said: “Under the circumstances that we were faced with, we performed at our best” and Junior trumpet player Kaid Gardiner adding: ” it was very memorable regardless if it was your last first game.”

Proving that there is nothing The Massillon Tiger Swing Band can’t do while putting on the greatest show in high school football.

(NOTE: Tiger Eye News Staff Writer Autumn Nickels is a junior member of the Tiger Swing Band and plays clarinet.)





3 Responses to “Playing in the Rain”

  1. Sam Elbert on September 5th, 2020 10:42 am

    I certainly had a lot of fun playing the show and I’m glad that we were able to finish this past Friday!! That night in the cold, wet rain will live in all of our hearts as a great memory and an even greater accomplishment because we can say as band members that we did what seemed unrealistic and forbidden. We took what we knew and threw almost all of it out the window and in return, gained so much more. The sun really does always shine on the Massillon Tiger Swing Band and the show will always go on no matter what!!

  2. Sarita Cunningham on September 6th, 2020 2:30 pm

    The band did an OUTSTANDING h a lf time show during a monsoon. Glad you redid this week. Lo v ed the “flying” plane.

  3. Rosario Nail on September 7th, 2020 3:48 pm

    I live on the Mississippi gulf coast and was watching the game. I always look forward to the halftime band show and we were not disappointed! I was amazed to see the band take the field and perform so well, during that torrential downpour! Don’t know who took the picture during the show, but it is amazing and will live on through the historical pictures of the Massillon Tiger Swing Band! TIG

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