Watch Moe Athmann’s video, “LSU Tiger Band Welcomes South Carolina Gamecocks” to the end -- it’s guaranteed to bring tears of pride when the Gamecocks, themselves, respond to the LSU Tiger Marching Band’s performance of their Alma Mater, “We Hail Thee, Carolina,” after LSU’s 45-24 victory over the University of South Carolina Saturday in Tiger Stadium.
There was an out pour of support for the South Carolina football team and its fans when severe flooding forced a change of venue from William Brice Stadium in Columbia to Baton Rouge. LSU Tiger Band Director immediately offered the Golden Band from Tigerland’s helped to the Mighty Sound of the Southeast’s director, Cormac Cannon.
Cannon responded by sending the music for South Carolina’s Alma Mater and fight song, “Step to the Rear.” The Tiger Band learned the songs, and as seen in band videographer Athmann’s video, played “We Hail Thee, Carolina,” not only during the pregame ceremonies but at the end of the game, before the Gamecocks’ exit from the field. South Carolina stands facing the band, their right hands held high.
The band also provided a pep band in the south end zone to welcome South Carolina onto the field and played the school’s fight song again at halftime.
The game technically was a home game for the Gamecocks, and LSU made headlines by handing Tiger Stadium over to the team and its fans for a day. The video also features a television interview with King and game day interviews with band members and fans on game day.
But the last scene sums up what the day was all about, and Athmann captured it perfectly.