By Catherine Marfin
Sunday, September 4 marked the first game of UT’s 2016 football season! There was a lot of excitement leading up to the much anticipated opening game against Notre Dame. From a slew of new football recruits ready to make their debut on the field to the unveiling of Bevo XV, longhorns across campus flocked the stadium on game day to cheer on the horns. With over 102,000 fans packed into the seats of Darrell K. Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium — 102,315, to be exact, a record-breaking attendance — fans cheered the longhorns to an eventual 50-47 win, after an exciting and suspenseful double overtime.
No one was more excited for the season opener than members of UT’s very own Longhorn Band. After several years spent physically disconnected to the crowd in the south end zone of the stadium, just underneath the jumbotron, the band debuted their new home, proudly playing Texas Fight from the northeast corner of the stadium.
After many hours and workdays spent in the weeks leading up to the start of the semester, members of Tau Beta Sigma were ready to do what they do best — lend a helping hand to the members of LHB through sisterhood and service. Everyone was eager to help out; volunteer signups for the game filled up almost immediately after they were posted! The girls enjoyed carrying med-kits, helping out with water, and selling T-shirts and merchandise before the game during our annual hall sales.
But with all these new changes came a few challenges — none of which were too large for the members of Tau Beta Sigma to handle. Carrying the water jugs from the field up to members of the band turned out to be much more difficult than originally anticipated, but the sisters worked around these challenges together — everyone was flexible and cooperative and lent a helping hand wherever it was needed to ensure that the same level of service was provided to our band members. A few extra sets of stairs was a small feat for the dedicated members of this group!
The newest members of our chapter, who were inducted last spring, were eager and excited to officially help out as active members of the organization. The older members were equally excited for them, and it was truly awesome to watch the older members of the group teach, mentor and work together our newest members to provide a much-needed service on game day.
The next weekend, the September 10 game against UTEP, ran exponentially smoother. The band was used to our new location, the younger girls had a handle on the routines and effort needed to serve the band, and the members of Tau Beta Sigma were back in the swing of our usual game-day routine.
As always, serving the band and working alongside our sisters was incredibly fun and rewarding. I think I speak for everyone in this chapter when I say that we are all eager, willing, and ready for the next game-day, another opportunity to give back to an organization that has given us so much.
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