One of the great things about college football game day at any school is the atmosphere. And one of the most important parts, and often under appreciated, is the band.
I was in the band in high school and spent two years paying for my education in the band at Northwest Community College before finishing up at Mississippi State. So I decided to put the spotlight on the Famous Maroon Band this summer.
I had been doing this when I was still writing for Maroon and White Nation. Now that I am here at FWtCT, I decided to pick up where I left off.
Today we put the spotlight on senior Erin Wilson. Erin is a part of the Famous Maroon Band’s Front Ensemble and she also plays piano.
In all likelihood, you joined the band in middle school or junior high. What made you want to be in the band at that time?
I had been in piano lessons and competitions for about 6 years, and I wanted to learn a new instrument be a part of an ensemble.
What musicians have had the biggest influence on you?
My piano teacher and high school band directors.
What is your favorite memory of being in the band at Mississippi State?
The trip to Miami, FL, for the Orange Bowl was a fantastic way to end the season.
What is your favorite non-band related memory at Mississippi State?
I received a scholarship for a year of undergraduate research through my college, and I travelled to San Juan, Puerto Rico, to present the research I have been working on.
If you would like to keep up with ERin, you can do so on Instagram. Her handle is @erinelizabbeth.
Thanks to Erin for allowing us to feature her in this Famous Maroon Band Profile. Also thanks to Dr. Craig Aarhus, one of the Associate Directors of the Famous Maroon Band for working with us to be able to spotlight the members of the band.
You can follow the Famous Maroon Band on Twitter with their Twitter handle @maroonband. The band also has a Facebook page you can go and like to keep up with all the happenings of the Famous Maroon Band.