Auburn marching band readies for the big game

Auburn marching band readies for the big game

(WTVM) - Tonight the BCS National Championship game will be played in Pasadena.

One of the largest groups of Tigers, the Auburn University marching band, touched down in California to take the field by storm.

Paige Lenssen is a senior at Auburn and a drum major for the marching band.

"This is a perfect way for us to end the season. Everyone in the band loves the team, win or lose. But to come back and have such an outstanding season and the games keep getting bigger and bigger which for us, gives us a bigger stage to perform each week," she says.

Lenssen was a freshman when Auburn headed to the National Championship game in 2010. She says leaving Auburn with another championship ring on her finger would only heighten the memories of some of the best years of her life.

"It feels kind of full circle, having been here freshman year and not being on the leadership team. But being a member in the band and seeing what the Auburn family meant and what it felt like to perform on that stage and coming back as a senior I'm really hoping for bookend crystals."

The 380 member band landed in California on Saturday and hit the ground running with practices at area campuses.

Even though they had not been together for over a month due to the holiday break, the team still performed their best at rehearsals.

"Luckily our students work very hard. They are very disciplined, attentive, they know what is at stake and they were very success in 2010. I'm expecting them to do the same thing this time," says Corey Spurlin, the marching band director.

The band is perfecting their "Stage and Screen, Broadway to Film Show" they performed at the Iron Bowl and SEC Championship Game. They want the audience to be prepared for a magical evening.

"We got quick offense, we got quick tunes, we're going to get the audience pumped up, the players pumped up. It's going to be incredible in there."

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