At the end of Indiana University’s past two college football seasons, the Hoosiers have gone from one coast to the other.
On Dec. 26, 2015, their 10th bowl game in school history was played at Yankee Stadium, the home of the New York Yankees, in New York City. The Hoosiers, however, lost to Duke 44-41 in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.
Then Dec. 28, 2016, Indiana traveled to Levi’s Stadium, the home of the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, California, to battle No. 19 Utah in the Foster Farms Bowl. The Utes claimed a close victory 26-24.
Despite the losses, several faithful Hoosiers fans were there to support the team.
So was one other group familiar to the team — the Indiana University Marching Hundred.
The marching band did all it could to give players, coaches and fans the sound they are accustomed to hearing at home games at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington.
Jenna Hardin, a 2015 Seymour High School graduate, was among the Marching Hundred members there for both experiences.
“Even though we were out in California, we still had a good crowd show up for the game, whether it was family of the team members, Hundred parents or just IU alumni who now live out there,” Hardin said of the recent game.
“We had good spirits and really thought we could hold our own against a ranked football team,” she said. “Going back and forth with the score and who was leading helped the crowd stay in the game and cheer harder for their favorite team.”
The Marching Hundred was able to carry over some of its traditions, including playing the “Jaws” theme on third down while the crowd does hand motions, the “William Tell Overture” at the end of the third quarter and the school fight song as the crowd sings along.
“There was a smaller crowd there for this game than we are used to, but the fans that were there stayed for the entire game and were all standing up for most of it,” Hardin said. “Even though they weren’t in Bloomington, Indiana, they wanted it to feel as much like home as possible.”
Hardin said her favorite part of the game was how excited the band was to be there and support the football team.
“We felt like we had to make up for most of the student section since they weren’t able to make the trip out there, so it brought our energy to another level,” she said. “Every time we got a chance, we were screaming and trying to pump up the team.”
This is Hardin’s second school year in the Marching Hundred. As an instrumental music education major, she’s required to be a part of the band for at least two years.
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