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Bama to send pep band to LSU game after ban on visiting halftime show

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The only band performing on the field for LSU home games during halftime will be the LSU Fighting Tigers.

Visiting teams like Alabama can still bring their bands. But they won't be performing on the field.

Instead, they'll have to put their show on in the stands. LSU Associate Athletic Director Eddie Nunez said that decision came after people were injured in separate situations two years ago.

He went on to say there were ”liability concerns” and “they don’t want to put anyone else at risk or in danger.”

More than 450 people are in Alabama's Million Dollar Band. So, UA will bring a 50 person pep band with winds and percussion players and about half the cheerleaders for the LSU-Alabama football game.

"We're in the stands and we're creating spirit for our fans that are they’re in the stands and we'll play the same things we play in the stands at home or we would as full band trip. We keep the spirit going there," according to Heath Nails, a university bands program assistant.

Nails is unaware of any other SEC schools not allowing visiting bands to perform on the field during halftime. He went on to say Alabama usually takes its full band to only two away games a year.

This year, those away games are the season opener against Southern California in Dallas, TX and in Knoxville, TN against the Tennessee Volunteers.

Alabama plays LSU in Baton Rouge on Nov. 5.

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