As one of three drum majors for the UNC Marching Tar Heels, Rathbone takes great pride in the enthusiasm generated at football games.
"You know that you're probably creating that (excitement)," Rathbone said.
But for Rathbone and many other members of UNC's marching band, that feeling will be bittersweet during Saturday's game against the University of Maryland.
The Homecoming game is also Senior Day.
"It's sort of a farewell to those who are graduating," Rathbone said.
Marching Band Director Jeff Fuchs said the band's senior members will be recognized at the game.
In honor of the event, the senior members selected the songs that the band will perform during the halftime show.
The songs were pulled from the collection of shows amassed by the band in the past four years.
And when the Marching Tar Heels take the field during halftime, spectators might notice that the band's presence will be larger than usual.