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LSU band members march toward game day

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POSTED: Friday, September 6, 2013 - 4:56pm

UPDATED: Friday, September 6, 2013 - 5:02pm

LSU Tiger fans are getting ready for this season's first home game. For most, that means tailgate prep, a tent, seating, food and beverages, and of course, the tickets are a must. However, for two sisters, their game day prep does not entail any of that.

Jordan and Jessi Robelot start their game day making sure they have everything they need to march into Death Valley, that's because they are members of the Golden Band from Tigerland.

Even though their experience is not the same as most of their peers, they tell me, they would not have it any other way.

"I've never actually been to one as a normal college fan," Jordan said. "I mean, we miss out on tailgating and we miss out on all those experiences, but we also have an experience that no one else will probably ever get in their lifetimes."

Jordan Robelot said she is excited for the Tigers' home opener against the University of Alabama at Birmingham, but her day starts out a little different from most fans.

"We prepare by meeting at the IFF, the indoor football facility, at 12 P.M., and after we meet at the football facility. We usually practice for two hours," Jordan said.

For Jessi Robelot, Jordan's sister, her preparation is the same.
They are both member of the LSU Marching Band, and Jessi said it is not as easy as it looks.

"It's definitely different. A lot of aspects to it is like a job," Jessi said. "We are doing something that is expected of us, by the fans that we love to do."

However, Jordan and Jessi said staying hydrated is key.

"When we go back to the band hall they feed us, and give us tons of Powerade and tons of water because especially with this type of weather," Jordan said. "It's really, really hot in those band uniforms."

"That's one thing that my sister and I are able to do, we keep each other in check," Jessi said. "Like hey, did you drink enough this morning? Are you going to be okay?"

Even though it's tough, they say it's worth it.

"It's such a rush. If you think being in the stands and just hearing those drum beats going gets you pumped up," Jordan said. "Just imagine being on the field, marching out, having to have this stoic look on your face and hearing the whole stadium just watching and clapping you on."

"I can't wait for the game. We're going to win, and Geaux Tigers!" Jessi exclaimed.

The band marches down the hill, between the Cox Communications and Journalism buildings, at 4:00 P.M. Kickoff starts at 6:00 P.M.    

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