The heavy construction around campus hasn’t only posed challenges for students trying to get to their classes — it’s put a hitch in the routine of the Marching Tar Heels.
Navy Field, the field the band used to practice, is under construction. That’s left the band without a true 100-yard field to practice their marching routines, which has forced band director Jeffrey Fuchs to come up with some creative solutions.
“We’ve reconsidered what we do and how we do it,” Fuchs said. “For instance, we changed our pregame routine. Knowing what we have field-wise, we re-worked the way pregame happens. It still has all the same components involved, but it’s just in a different way. When we’re on E-haus (Field) we can do from the beginning of pregame up through the national anthem. Then we have to shift the field ten yards, and we can do the national anthem through the end of pregame. We made those shifts intentional so that they weren’t quite as demanding on the kids because we can’t practice the way we used to.”
The band has used several different practice venues, including Ehringhaus Field and Eddie Smith Field House.
“The annoying part is the uncertainty,” junior drum line member Jacob Pascual said. “A lot of our training members also aren’t used to any of this happening. A lot of us are a little bit lost as to where to go, we’re often waiting to hear where we need to be. Usually in the past it’s been pretty consistent, but now it’s kind of up in the air every practice.”