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on hey hi ftn seen coming out of the tunnel g.mu- days. They had been known to go crazy after touchdowns. No, it was not the football team. The arching Band had been an icon for over . The sounds of " Hail to the Victors " playing thing with which every Wolverine, whether Id or in the stands, was familiar, thi^brass instruments gleamed in the tnencn musical history of the University filled the air on a crisp fall day. Fans felt the need to join in during " Varsity " and students felt a sense of pride and dedication as the alma mater, " The Yellow and Blue, " traveled through the air. Sophomore linguistics major Allison Wachter said, " Marching Band is a great way to show support by exciting the Michigan fans and motivating the team. " Out of the tunnel, one could not help but feel goosebumps as the drums started to beat. Wachter later commented, " For me, the best part about Marching Band is pouring out of the tunnel into Michigan Stadium for pre-game. The rush you get as you run onto the field and see every seat filled with maize and blue is a feeling I will never forget. " Leading the band was the famous " man up front. " Every game the drum major bent over backwards to touch his head to the ground during the stupendous pre game show. This year, senior history and music major Iden Baghdadchi filled the big white hat. He held his gleaming baton rightfully in the Big House and lead the band in countless successful performances in front of the biggest crowds watching a football game in America on Saturdays. The band performed selected hits from artists like Led Zeppelin and Weezer, which gave the crowd a chance to join in with some of their all-time favorite musical pieces and made for many enjoyable half- time shows. Rehearsals were very wet for the first few weeks of the season. Freshman chemical engineer ing major Ryan Mckown said, " Well, so far being in the marching band has felt wet. It has rained for 3 out of every 4 rehearsals. Other than that, it is great to be with such a fine group of musicians and to be a part of a great tradition, even if this is the only year ever that we have been drenched for most of the rehearsals. " There was not a single person inside Michigan The trombone section blares " Hail to the Victors " after the football team scored the first touchdown against Notre Dame on September 1 6 th , 2006. The band always traveled with the team and helped them get pumped up and stay energized throughout each game. L. Worcester photo Senior history and music major Iden Baghdadchi struts his way down the field on September 2 " d , 2006. The band later performed hits from the artist Led Zeppelin. S. Jerome photo Stadium who could imagine a gam^without the band. They were there during celebrations for the team as they made drives down the field toward victory and they were there when the team needed their support the most. The various sections played a very pivotal role and Michigan football would never have been the same without them. by mike marzano
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o did students get pumped up at football games? How did a crowd go from being lackluster to the greatest fans of any team in the game? What group was always at every football and basketball game? The answer was the same for all three: the Michigan Cheerleading squad. These men and women were the ambassadors of spirit and team pride. Without them, the fans would have sat quietly and the students would have had no one to look to for unbeatable spirit. The cheer team had three coaches that led them this year. As of 2006, Pam St. John had been head coach for 23 years. Tracie Richards had been the team ' s assistant head aoach for nine years, and assistant coach Greg Shaver, had been with the cheer team for three years. To be at the top of their game, the cheer team needed all three of these fine coaches. During tryouts the prospective members were tested on basic stunt performance in both individual and group cheers, such as males holding up females and back flips. Also tested were basic gymnastic skills. " People who did not show progression during clinics before tryouts were cut from the team during tryouts, " said Matt Radler, junior biomedical engineering major. After weeks of physical training and practice, the season began, and it held many wonderful memories for the team. Junior elementary education major Matthew Ceo said, " My best memory of the season was traveling to New York City for the NIT Tournament. It was my first time to the Big Apple, and the cheer team had a lot of free time to take in the sights. " While the year held many ups and downs for the University ' s major sports teams, the cheer team never lost its spirit. Sophomore chemical engineering major Patrice Longford leads the crowd in " Let ' s Go Blue. " Cheerleaders had to be able to project extremely loudly to be heard over the band. R. Peplinski photo Held up by junior chemistry major Adam Justosson and senior biology and Spanish major Andrew Do, sophomore communication studies major Sarnie Stencel cheers " Go Blue. " All female members of the cheer team were " flyers, " trained to stand in and tumble out of lifts. R. Peplinski photo byzach gasior The cheer team never wavered and always kept the fans on their feet. Without that team, the games would not have been what they were. Fans and players alike owed the cheer team a debt of gratitude for everything they did at each and every game. 1 20 cheerleading
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