On game days band members arrive five hours before kickoff to practice and play at Card March.
On game days band members arrive five hours before kickoff to practice and play at Card March.

The University of Louisville Marching Band may spend only a few minutes on the field at football games but these UofL students spend hours and hours practicing before we see them on the big stage. On game days, for example, band members arrive five hours before kickoff to practice and play at Card March. 

“We work hard our here and the athletic ability that it takes to march around and play and have the breath control to stay lifted – the athletic ability it takes to do that parallels marathon runners,” said Tony Johnson, band member.

“Last year, my freshman year, stepping on to the field for the first time I actually shed a tear on our first pre-game performance because it was so exciting getting to perform before thousands and thousands of people. And it’s just a lot of fun having everyone around you and we want to achieve the same goal. It’s a lot of fun,” added band member Kayla Ray.

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Mark Hebert
Following a 28-year career as a radio and television reporter, Mark Hebert joined the University of Louisville as the Director of Media Relations in 2009, serving as the main spokesperson. In 2015, Mark was named Director of Programming and Production. He’s now producing and hosting a radio show about “all things UofL”, overseeing the university’s video and TV productions, writing a blog and promoting UofL’s research operation. Mark is best known for his 22 years as the political and investigative reporter for WHAS-TV in Louisville where he won numerous awards for breaking stories, exposing corruption and objectively covering Kentucky politics. In 2014, Mark was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame.