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 Feature Twirler Samantha Neargarder.
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’ve been twirling since the 3rd grade, I joined because I loved the twirlers I saw in the parade, it started as a park district class and then moved up to competition team.
What musicians have had the biggest influence on you?
The twirlers I grew up watching that had the biggest influence on me were my coaches and the collegiate twirlers I saw at baton nationals.
What is your favorite memory of being a member of the Famous Maroon Band?
The Egg Bowl this past football season, the other twirlers and I had so much fun cheering in the band section. The entire band section, along with us, were so enthusiastic despite being in the Ole Miss stadium.
What is your favorite non-band related memory at Mississippi State?
Baseball season in general. I love the left-field lounge environment; a big family coming together to have fun. I’ve been welcomed in to so many families there along with so much food.
Thanks to Samantha 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.