Baylor Golden Wave Marching Band ready to kick off 2016 football season

By Morgan Kilgo | Broadcast Reporter

While Baylor fans have been awaiting the upcoming football season, the Golden Wave Marching Band has been in preparation for weeks.

The band has been a Baylor tradition for the past 100 years and with that tradition comes a high level of pressure and expectation. While their biggest performance occurs at halftime, they are also expected to keep the stadium loud and the Baylor spirit high the entire game.

“We are out there for them playing our hearts out just for them,” said head Drum Major Walker Karstens. “We are there for their entertainment, and we love seeing as many people in the stands as we can during halftime, so hold up for your nachos, at least until the band is done!”

Unlike most small college bands, the Golden Wave Band has over 300 members and continues to increase in size every year.

“We’ve always had at Baylor a much higher percentage of people involved in the program and I think that speaks a lot to the kind of program it is,” said Director of Golden Wave Marching Band, Dr. Isiah Odijima. “I think students enjoy it and recognize that we do it at a high level; they perform really well.”

You can see the band in action at McLane Stadium during their halftime performance, as well as their post-game performance where the band encourages fans to stay and listen to all the band has to offer.