“I believe in work, hard work.”-The Auburn Creed. This quote best describes what it takes to be an Auburn University majorette. The Auburn University majorettes are an important component of the Auburn University Marching Band.
Lauren Gray, a junior majoring in math education, has known this feeling of hard work ever since her sophomore year in high school. Gray is from Auburn, Ala., and has been an Auburn University majorette for two years.
In high school, Gray was naturally good at being a majorette. When she made majorette here at Auburn, she was challenged to step it up a few notches. As a result of stepping her talent up, it has made her better in multiple ways.
When Gray was asked what she loved so much about being a majorette, she had more than one thing to say.
“The bonds that you make with the girls on the line and performing in front of 90,000 people is a feeling like no other,” Gray said.
Although game day may sound like an amazing experience, not everything that glitters is gold. During football season the line practices every day after their classes are over. On game day they arrive at the practice field anywhere from 4 to 4:45 in the morning. Sundays are their only full days off during the season.
As with all things and challenges in life, there are ups and downs. The most stressful part about being a majorette is the tryout process and being dropped. The tryout process forces the girls to practice almost daily, and workout consistently.
For Gray, there is one moment in her majorette career that will forever stick out. This moment is the first pregame she ever performed at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
“Everyone is cheering for you and sings along with the fight song,” Gray said, “but you really have to focus in on the band and count because the echo in the stadium causes the crowd to lag behind.”
First the girls must weigh in and have their BMI (body mass index) recorded. Their BMI can be no higher than 25 percent in order to prove that they are healthy. Next they must perform the basic moves in a small group in front of the judges. During the tryout process, the girls must learn a routine in 45 minutes and perform it in a small group in front of the judges. They do not get any extra practice outside of that 45 minute time frame. After the group routine, each girl must perform a solo routine in front of the judges and 150-300 people. The solo routines are made up completely on their own and each must have clear differences between them.
Gray happily admits that being a majorette has become a lifestyle to her. She also hopes to have at least one more year as an Auburn University majorette.
“It is a once in a lifetime experience that you cannot describe, you have to experience it to understand,” Gray said.
For more information about the Auburn University majorettes, you may visit www.band.auburn.edu and click on the marching band tab. War Eagle!