BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — When it comes to preparations for the big LSU vs. SU halftime show, the name of the game is balance — especially when performing in a sold-out stadium. The final product usually means long hours but team members say it’s all worth it.  

“We warned them this is going to be a long week, it’s going to be a lot of pressure, a lot of stress but they came in ready to work,” said Color Guard Captain Schuyler Olsen. “It’s been pretty hectic, so just in general color guard, we practice with Tiger Band Tuesday through Friday.”

Director of the LSU Golden Band from Tigerland Kelvin Jones says preparations have been fun and exciting for the band.

“We want Tiger Band right, we want the LSU experience,” said Jones. ” First time ever in Tiger Stadium history, two icons in the same city and we’re bringing things back we haven’t done since the start of the pandemic.”

Olson says every section of the band plays a major role. 

“With color guard, it’s about choreography. We’re doing everything, so we’re moving, we’re spinning, we’re dancing, we’re smiling,” said Olson.

With all the action taking place, it’s Landon Chamblaiss’s job to bring it all together. 

“Basically, being a drum major is a full-time job from when you wake up to when you go to bed. Whenever you have a second you just practice your conducting, practice whatever you can,” said Chamblaiss.

Jones says if you’re looking for a battle of the bands, come to halftime.

“It’s going to be an opportunity to really embrace that cultural difference but also the cultural significance of the game that’s taking place here as well,” said Jones.