GREENSBORO, N.C. - Just a day and a half from kickoff at the Celebration Bowl in Atlanta, and excitement is mounting for Aggie fans.
North Carolina A&T boasts a no-loss season, and will take on Grambling State on Saturday at noon. It's the second time A&T has played in the bowl game; the first time was 2015 - the very first year for the championship.
Arguably as important as the football game - the performances by the Blue and Gold Marching Machine. The band will hit the road tomorrow morning to play in the first bowl game at the Mercedes-Benz stadium.
It's been a months-long journey of long practice days and hard work, but directors and band members say it will all pay off when they step onto the national stage.
For months - the Aggie's Blue and Gold Marching Machine has fine-tuned every step, and every note. Every win has paved their road to Atlanta to face off against Grambling State this weekend.
“It’s very exciting. Knowing that we are one going to be the first ball game in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the second time we're going to be in the celebration bowl so it's an undefeated season for the Aggies and we're very excited,” said Assistant Director Lamon Lawhorn.
“All week we have been preparing, we've had rehearsal from 9 AM to 10 PM every single day,” said drum major Solomon Reynolds.
As important as the game itself - the competition between the two famed bands. On Thursday night, just hours before the bus ride South - it's about perfecting the performance - and giving it your all.
“It’s energy, 100 percent energy all of the time,” said Lawhorn, “We have a lot of times students that may be an introvert as their normal personality, but on the field, just give it your all give it 100 percent.”
The band says it’s exhausting - but worth it.
“We are all super excited. Right now, we are all running on ‘E,’ we are all exhausted but we are definitely excited,” said Reynolds, “We are going to be having a good nap and a bus ride down to be ready.”
In January, they're kicking it up a notch. The Blue and Gold Marching Machine will return to Atlanta for the Battle of the Bands - as one of the top 8 HBCU bands in the country.
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