What are we preparing for? Performances at the SDSU Aztec Football games!
Our game day festivities start with Warrior Walk and end with an encore performance for our alumni outside of the SDCCU Stadium. Our Aztecs' home stadium, formerly known as Qualcomm Stadium or Jack Murphy Stadium, seats up to 70,000 fans. With three tiers of seats and lights that illuminate the field, performances can be intimidating. To better prepare ourselves, we will join the band for one rehearsal in the stadium; rookies visualize the depth and height of the stands from a performer's view, and vets reminisce on the excitement in performing in front of thousands of people.
We have already rehearsed for over 72 hours in the last 9 weeks, but our work is far from finished. Starting this Monday, we begin our color guard and band camp, which totals to another 90 hours of reviewing, rehearsing, and refining our routines.
But this camp will not revolve around technique and choreography completely. As Coach Michele always says, "We want you to become better performers in this guard but an even better person afterwards." Several San Diego State University departments will hold workshops for us, from exploring our resources like the Women's Center to better managing our stress levels from Counseling and Psychology Services.
Lauren, a 3rd year vet and captain for fall season, says that she's most excited for "bringing everything together" from the first rehearsal to our first performance. With all of our time during camps, we will be ready to perform! Join us on September 8th for the Aztecs' first home game and the annual KGB Skyshow!