29 Aug


It’s here!!! College Football. SEC Football. LSU Football.

We are huge, and I mean huge, College football fans and particularly for the Fightin’ Tigers of LSU! Tonight, LSU takes on Mississippi State in Starkville, MS for the annual Hall of Fame Game on ESPN to kick off the 2007-2008 season. My Tigers are currently ranked #2 in the nation and we’ve got really high hopes for a memorable season.


LSU has many great traditions including a live Bengal Tiger mascot. Last year, our beloved Mike V passed away at the age of 17. It was announced on Sunday that Mike VI has arrived at the 15,000 square foot, $3 million dollar, air-conditioned Tiger Lair from a non-profit animal rescue in Indiana. While Mike the Tiger has been a formidable symbol for LSU, the Tigers actually got their name from the name of a couple of Confederate Army units, hence “The Fightin’ Tigers”.

Like food and alcohol, music plays a large part in LSU fandom. LSU music invokes pride, competitive fire and that certain joie de vivre. During the world class party that is LSU tailgating, the sounds of cajun, zydeco, country and classic rock can be heard throughout the campus. But, the best music and one of the most intense of game day traditions is the entrance of the Golden Band from Tiger Land coming over the hill next to the stadium, stirring the crowd to fever pitch emotion with the LSU Rally Cry:

Gives me goosebumps…..Hold that Tiger is used to whip the crowd (who’ve been tailgaiting for two days) into a frenzy and it accomplishes that task each time. It is repeated right before the game starts when the band takes the field to play the national anthem and usher in the Tigers. They turn and face each corner of the stadium, invoking cheers from each section. It is LOUD and it is PROUD.

There are many songs played by the band and accompanied by the crowd, during the game. Hey Fightin’ Tiger is a staple:

Of course, everybody sings along. One of my particular favorites is Hey Baby:

The student section, in particular, like Neck:

But perhaps the most fun with the band comes on each first down, defensive stand and touchdown. The crowd, nor the band, ever miss a beat.

First Down – Geaux Tigers!!

There are several others, like the Chinese Bandits Anthem, played after a 3rd down defensive stop, and of course the world famous Tiger Rag.





Posted by on August 29, 2007 in lsu


10 responses to “DA DA DAAAAA DA…..

  1. huckleberryfriend

    August 30, 2007 at 9:40 am

    When I lived in Breaux Bridge many, many, many years ago, our high school band was selected to play (along with several other bands) at half-time of an LSU game(band night). The best part was getting to hear the LSU band practicing.

    After the game, we kept pestering our band leader until he allowed us to try a couple of songs that the LSU band had played. One was March Bravura and I forget the other one.

  2. shrewspeaks

    August 30, 2007 at 10:32 am

    I don’t know if I am allowed to cheer for LSU since I am a confirmed heathen yankee.

  3. music maven

    August 30, 2007 at 11:43 am

    So, huck, you were a BB Tigah…nice.

    Shrew — we have converted and accepted MUCH worse. Besides, your scotch afficiendo secures your entry, if you so desire.

    As long as you like to eat, drink, and “pass a good time” cheering for LSU — you’re in.

    Just got a call from my best friend who’s up in Starkville RVing. They’ve been partying since 8:00am this morning, so they ought to be good and “ready” by game time.

  4. jenfera

    August 30, 2007 at 12:07 pm

    shrew, we can always be heathen yankees together. That is, as long as you aren’t rooting for the Yankees.

    Sorry to say I am not a football fan, despite the recent dominance of our very own New England Patriots. If there is a discussion of music played at baseball games, I will be all over that action.

  5. shrewspeaks

    August 30, 2007 at 12:41 pm


  6. nolagirl

    September 2, 2007 at 8:14 am

    Oh, how I love you.

    Dedicating a huge post on your music blog to our beloved team.

    Are you going to any games this year??? We have decided we just HAVE to see the Florida game, so we’re going to tailgate and then try to scalp tickets at the stadium. It’s worth a shot. Plus, D and I have NEVER even been to a game together. For our first 4 years he was in Tiger Band, so obviously we were both at the games, but not together. And since he’s been in Shreveport it’s been nearly impossible to coordinate a weekend that works AND to get tickets.

    Too bad Auburn won last night …. Boooooooooo!

  7. B Seaton

    September 22, 2007 at 10:06 pm

    Ive had the great pleasure of not only growing up a mere 15 miles from LSU, but graduated there in 1979. LUV Dem TIGERS, and even though the job has forced me to live in Jacksonville Fla for the past 12 years among Gator and Seminole fans ( yes I have had to eaten my share of crow over here ) my heart will always be in Baton Rouge on Saturday night during football season. From what Ive seen this season so far I hope I get to reciprocate some of that foul tasting bird back to the Gator nation this year….Geaux….TIGERS!!!!!!!!

  8. music maven

    September 23, 2007 at 7:43 am

    B — I will be at said “showdown” in a few short weeks, so check back for what is sure to be an entertaining post.

  9. Danyel

    May 20, 2008 at 4:08 pm


  10. varundbest

    March 8, 2010 at 4:03 pm

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