BATON ROUGE, LA (WVLA) — If you've been to a game in Death Valley, you recognize those iconic first few notes when the band steps out on the field.
Well the Golden Band is taking the show from Tiger Land to Ireland. Roy M. King, Director of Athletic Bands, announced, "We're representing the University and the great State of Louisiana in the Dublin Parade."
That's right, all three-hundred and twenty five of it's members will be entertaining thousands of people at the St. Patrick's Day Parade. "It's a very exciting time," he added.
But traveling out of the country isn't cheap. Buses, Flights, Hotels...However, one man's generosity helped make it happen. "We have a new friend in the band department here," said King.
Former LSU Football player Ralph McIngvale fit much of the bill, giving students a free experience they'd never forget.
King added, "Well it's our first international trip and for many of our students it's going to be the first time that some of them have been out of the country. "
Students like Daney Glover, who we found gearing up for their Dublin debut. "This is the first time anyone in my immediate family has left the country," he said. My mom is more excited than I am. We were told to be prepared to write a small check, but the fact that it's a free trip essentially, is fantastic."
And staff says they're thankful.
"Every time we step out into Tiger Stadium and play the first couple of notes, their support means so much to us," said King.
But from practice to performance, Tigers say they're lucky to bring their gold to the land of green
"Texas, I've gone to Florida, I've gone all over the place to perform and play and watch football. So I can't trade that for the world," said Glover.
"We were ecstatic, we were very excited, the students were excited, and it took it a little while to sink in that we're actually going to get on a plane and head to Dublin," added King.
The capital city is full of talent; we spoke with Southern University's Band Director, Lawrence Jackson. The Human Jukebox marching band received an invitation to perform at that same parade next year.