By Kalloli Bhatt
Six hours before kick-off, more than 200 students and some staff gather at the practice field, more commonly known as Lot 64. All the students wear the same thing: A black compression shirt, black shorts or pants, tall black socks, and a specific type of black shoe. After stretching, the students begin moving in unison, coordinating their steps — a roll step, each one 22.5 inches long — with a minimum bend in the knees and tight abs. Not one student bobbing up or down.
This is the Western Michigan University Bronco Marching Band.
Over the course of the Fall 2022 semester, the band will memorize 17 songs for its six halftime shows and an assortment of defense and offense cheers. The ever increasing repertoire and show of school spirit even through the uniform is what makes the Bronco Marching Band a staple at football games for both the band and audience members.