Approximately 200 members of the Fresno State marching band participated in a battle of the bands event this afternoon to kick off the game day events and to create a different competition outside of the fierce battle on the field.
Held in the Boise State indoor practice facility, bands, dance teams and color guard groups performed a handful of their favorite songs in front of uDrove supporters and fans.
The event, which was organized and announced by KTVE radio in Boise, shared facts and short anecdotes about each school's band after they played/performed to their musical lineups with fans as a way to familiarize each team with the other. A friendly drawing of sides was made on the field and fans for each school congregated by their school's marching band to cheer and rally as they played.
The Bulldog marching band, the larger of the two bands today, played an array of game day music frequently heard in the confines of Bulldog Stadium on game days, including "hey baby," a fan favorite at all Fresno State athletic events. The dance team along with the majorette gave great performances for each song played in sync with the band.
Bulldog band members, full of tons of energy as always, got into the event as it was a unique way for them to perform off the football field and stands and into a more intimate, face-to-face setting with supporters. Many Bulldog musicians even got into the musical choices of NIU, cheering and dancing with excitement for songs they know and love to play.
Bulldog marching band director Tim Anderson, who brought his band to Boise just three years ago for the 2007 Humanitarian Bowl with the Dogs, remembers a shining moment in the very place he and his band played at for Fresno State's last Humanitarian Bowl appearance.
"I proposed to my now wife here in Boise three years ago to the Fresno State fight song," said Anderson. "What better way is there to ask her to marry me then doing what I love to do and to the Fresno State fight song?"
uDrove members and supporters enjoyed lunch and warm drinks as the weather was chilly outside, in the mid to low 30's. Fresno State band members made a nearly 14-hour, 730 mile trip to Boise and arrived in Boise Thursday afternoon, ready to play their hearts out and bring the red wave to life on the blue turf and at Bronco Stadium.