Faces of Friday Night: The band member
Although he spends most of Friday night on the sidelines, Mahomet-Seymour High School senior Landon Martin always looks forward to his time in the spotlight — at halftime.
The drum-line captain for the Bulldogs' marching band, Martin leads his group through all of the motions on Friday nights and works to keep his squad driven during practice the rest of the week, leading up to the halftime show.
"I try to get everyone motivated, because at this point, we already know all of our show that we will be performing Friday night," he said. "Instead of running through the motions every day, I try to get everyone pumped up and motivated."
Keeping the band intact and inspired can be a difficult task, given all the roles they play on opening night, Martin says.
During the pregame festival — dubbed "Dawgapalooza" — marching band members perform a portion of their field show. Before the game starts, they'll play the national anthem and the school song, and the drum line will lead the team through the welcoming tunnel. During the game, they provide pep music on the sidelines whenever there's a timeout.
Then, at halftime, it's showtime.
"I definitely prefer being on the field because that is when you can actually see the entire band as one full figure," Martin said. "It's pretty cool."
Martin can't wait for tonight's game against Mount Zion and calls Friday night football one thing that brings all of Mahomet together as a community.
"The overall anticipation from the entire community of Mahomet is just awesome," he said. "Everyone can't wait for Friday night, and it's really good for the band, football team and Mahomet overall to have something to look forward to as a community."