Welcome to Waco!

During Spring Break, the Band was able to escape the northeastern “spring” weather and fly to Waco, Texas to support the Women’s Basketball Team in the NCAA tournament. On Friday morning, we took a chartered plane out of Newark with the team and the cheerleaders and landed directly at the regional airport in Waco.

That night, some of the Band treated itself to some wonderful Mexican food and all-you-can-eat chips and guacamole, while the other half of the Band raided Mama & Papa B’s Bar-B-Q for some fantastic homemade chopped beef sandwiches and ribs. In addition, some of us experienced the local art.

The Band enjoys the local scenery in Waco
The Band enjoys the local scenery in Waco

On Saturday, the Band explored all that the city of Waco had to offer. We started off with a trip to the Dr Pepper Museum, where many floats were enjoyed by all. In addition, the Band discovered the existence of Big Red, the beverage, and learned all about free enterprise.

That afternoon, the Band trekked down the Brazos River to the Waco Zoo, where we saw all sorts of awesome animals, including tigers! After another night of Mexican and Bar-B-Q, the Band headed to bed after a wonderfully relaxing day.

On Sunday, the Band put on its gameface and performed for the Team as they left the hotel for the stadium to warm up for the big game.

Excited to cheer on the team outside the hotel
Excited to cheer on the team outside the hotel

Then, the Band itself arrived at the stadium at Baylor’s campus to cheer on the Team as they played the Florida State Seminoles. The game was thrilling, and we cheered and played our hearts out on national television.

Bandies enjoying the NCAA atmosphere
Bandies enjoying the NCAA atmosphere
Piccolutes and Bells!
Piccolutes and Bells!

After a heartbreaking loss, the Band played Old Nassau and headed back to the hotel to await a flight back home. Although the Team didn’t win, the trip to Waco was a fantastic experience and a welcome escape from the harsh Princeton weather. Best of luck to the Team next year!

~Annie Cardinal ’15 AC

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