High Notes, Week 13

High Notes is a weekly topic dedicated to recognizing a collegiate marching band who had a notable performance in the week of college football.

Well, folks, it's the final High Notes of the 2010 regular season. With a few weeks' exception, I'd say I did a decent job of keeping up with the only series of any sort this blog has ever done. I expect I will also do some sort of end-of-year wrap-up or bowl game post--stay tuned.

In Week 13, it gives me pride, as a USF alum, to recognize the Herd of Thunder for this week's performance on Senior Night vs. the University of Connecticut. This may seem a homer pick, but you may recall that I've snubbed them before. But this Saturday night, HOT prevailed, although sadly the football team did not. What was most impressive is that most of what I heard from them was the basics--blocking and tackling, it you will--through the usual downs cheers and spirit songs, but it came across loud, clear, and extremely well done on the ESPN2 broadcast.

As we head into the bowl season, I'm glad that I will get to see the HOT live for the first time in over three years. USF is headed to the Meineke Car Care Bowl in Charlotte, and being just up the road in Greensboro, I wouldn't miss it. Since we're playing Clemson, I'm also excited to see the Band that Shakes the Southland. And I'm not going to lie, as a Tiger (my high school mascot), Tiger Rag does has a bit of a special place in my heart.