LSU marching band to practice in public Saturday; director hints at halftime surprises this season _lowres

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- While marching to Tiger Stadium, The Golden Band From Tigerland fires up the fans with the LSU fight song as the blimp flies by last year.

The LSU Tiger Marching Band will make its first public appearance for the 2015 football season Saturday with its annual practice march to Tiger Stadium.

The band will step off at 8:30 a.m. at the Greek Theatre on Dalrymple Drive. The drill will include its traditional pre-game fanfare on Victory Hill, after which it will rehearse songs in the north end zone stands.

This parade march rehearsal is a preseason favorite for football fans, who traditionally line the streets with cameras to capture the event.

The band also has released its 2016 pregame video, which will be played on the stadium’s video boards, leading into the pregame show.

(Having trouble seeing the video below? If so, click here.)

(Video credit: Moe Athmann)

Director of Athletic Bands Roy King said there may be couple of halftime surprises this season.

“I can’t say what they are, because they’re still in the planning stages,” he said.

In the meantime, King and his staff have planned a season of halftime shows with a variety of music selections chosen to appeal to Tiger Stadium’s diverse population.

“At the first game, we’ll be doing a show called ‘Women Who Rock,’ which I think will go over well with the crowd,” King said. “We’ll be playing music made popular by Aretha Franklin, Beyonce and Taylor Swift. The music is super-good, and this will probably be the show we perform at the Tigers’ post-season bowl game.”

Another show will take on a movie theme, featuring songs from the James Bond and “Mission: Impossible” series of films, “Star Wars” and Baton Rouge-filmed “Jurassic World” and “Pitch Perfect 2.”

“We especially wanted to include ‘Pitch Perfect 2,’ because it used the LSU campus for so many of its film locations,” King said.

Yet another halftime performance will feature a medley of favorites made popular by the rock group Queen.

Leading the way on the field, as well as to the stadium on Saturday, will be new drum major Daniel Wendt, a senior from Denham Springs.

“We have some great things planned this season,” King said. “We’re ready.”