The Super Bowl offers something for everyone…from the football game thrill-seekers to the ardent admirers of the over-the-top advertisements…from the music lovers enjoying the half-time entertainment to those loyal fans who just love their teams. But no matter why they come to the big game, all will be marching to the beat of the same bass drummer as OHS alum Logan Margolis ’13 takes the field of MetLife Stadium in Super Bowl XLVIII!
Margolis and his fellow Syracuse University Marching Band (SUMB) members will join students in Rutgers University Marching Band for a joint pre-game performance. The NFL historically invites the home state’s major college band to entertain fans prior to kick-off. Since MetLife Stadium sits on the border between New York and New Jersey, both bands were chosen to play the pre-game show together this year.
“This is truly the biggest stage for anyone to perform on, especially a marching band,” effused Margolis, who played drums in the Orange Schools’ bands since fifth grade. “The Super Bowl is an event watched by millions around the world, and the fact that they could be watching me is awesome!”
The bands will take the field at 6pm just before the singing of the National Anthem, with kick-off set for 6:30 pm. They will be performing hits that recognize both New York and New Jersey with songs including “Born in the U.S.A.”, “Livin’ on a Prayer,” and “Empire State of Mind”. The Syracuse University Marching Band has had three weeks to prepare, practicing two to four nights each week. The two bands will join forces for the first time early Sunday morning for a one-hour practice to put it all together.
“It was crazy trying to practice and learn a show missing half of the group,” Margolis noted.
The weekend is even crazier than that. Saturday marks the Syracuse vs. Duke basketball game which is one of the most anticipated games in Syracuse history. SUMB will be performing Saturday morning on ESPN College GameDay which will be broadcasting live from the Carrier Dome in Syracuse. The band will perform not only as a basketball pep band but will preview what fans will see at the Super Bowl. The 200-member band then departs less than 16 hours later for the stadium in East Rutherford for the big game!
Margolis, who is a freshman business major at Syracuse, has been playing the drums since he was three years old, but he says this is the most exciting event he will play yet. He credits such opportunities to the Orange Schools and (band director) Dr. Craig Kepner’s tutelage.
“If it was not for the experience I received at Orange, I would not be where I am today or doing something of this magnitude,” he said. “With the guidance that I received from Dr. Kepner and many of the other teachers and students at Orange over the years, I learned to follow what I love. Not only would I not be performing at the Super Bowl, but I would probably not even be in a college band if it wasn’t for their encouragement. This really makes all those long hours practicing for all those years worth it.”
Editor’s note: To see a preview clip of the Syracuse University Marching Band preparing for its Super Bowl appearance, click here….and be sure to watch for Logan playing the bass drum!