On game day, everyone sees the band strut their stuff on the field—but often times, the heart beat of the husker marching band blends into the crowd.
Without the Husker drum line, the band would be a mess. They say they're all doing it for the team and for the fans. They're making game days that much better.
"There's one reason we're here, and it's drums," freshman Gabby Rave said.
This 37 person team has formed a special bond. They're all here with a love for drums.
The drum line is the heart beat. The core of the entire marching band. Giving them a very important job and they don't take it lightly.
"You know, we can't lose sight of how special this is, you know, not very many people get to do this," Junior Hayden Florom said.
Band members say the feeling of playing out onto the field is second to none.
Florom said, "you know you get out there and the fans are just getting hyped like crazy and you're out there and the husker power chant's going louder than anything you've ever heard before and it's like the most amazing experience ever."
The key to being on the drum line is carrying 40 pounds of drums on your back—and cool shades. But with the excitement and fun, comes a lot of responsibility. On game weeks, the drum line spends 22 hours practicing together. That's on top of individual practice and school work.
"It's a lot of work, it's a lot of time but it pays off when you get to be in the stands and be behind the band when they're playing all the fight songs," fifth year Michael Lindsay said.
After spending so many hours together, the team says they've become more than just friends.
"It's a good place to be like a family—it means a lot 'cause they're always there," Rave said.
More than 70 people auditioned to be on the drum line. Making these musicians a pretty elite group on the husker's campus.
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