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 did this last year for the site and wanted to pick it back up this year.
Today we put the spotlight on Junior Piccolo player Brittany Roberts.
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 wanted to join band as a kid because I always enjoyed music class in elementary school and I thought that I was just such a great recorder player that I needed to pursue my music career.
What musicians have had the biggest influence on you?
Elvis Presley would probably have to be my biggest musical influence. After all, he is known as The King. Elvis was from the same region as I am and it inspired me to continue my music career into college, even though my major is architecture.
What is your favorite memory of being a member of the Famous Maroon Band?
I have made many great memories from spending Christmas on the beach with my band family to sitting through the pouring rain during the Belk Bowl. My favorite memory, though, is the first time I performed our patriotic show. Watching all of the veterans stand, seeing the giant American flag behind us, and hearing all of the cowbells roaring was such a beautiful and humbling experience for me. In that moment, I knew that I had found my home here and performing in Davis Wade is just the icing on the cake.
What is your favorite non-band related memory at Mississippi State?
My favorite non-band related memory was when I took my first field trip with the architecture program. We visited Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas. I was not 100% sure I had chosen the right major for me until I walked the streets of downtown Dallas and experienced such a diverse example of architecture. After that, I knew that architecture was for me.
If you would like to keep up with Brittany, she has two social media accounts you can follow her on. Her Instagram and Twitter handles are @brittanydiane_1.
Thanks to Brittany 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.