At New London, football players and cheerleaders also play in the band

(WTNH)–Seriously, what goes together better than Friday night football and the band? But what if the guys you saw making plays on the field were making music at the half?

“I was like, wow, you can do that?” asked one student.

You sure can. At New London High, football players and cheerleaders are in the band. The first half is game time, and halftime is showtime.

“I carry a trumpet in one hand and pom-poms in the other,” said Chloe Sherman-Watson, who’s a cheerleader and band member. “I run and get my trumpet with the other people who are in cheerleading and band, and we quickly get into formation on the field, and then we march our whole show together, in our cheerleading uniforms.”

It’s just as crazy for Makai Rodriguez, the linebacker who plays clarinet.

“We hear them practice, and you know, I’m impressed,” said New London head coach Juan Roman.

Roman would understand.

“I played the cello,” he said. “I was in the orchestra.”

The music teacher Christina Nadeau was impressed too. Her reaction to seeing football players in the band?

“I laughed, is that okay to say?,” she said, laughing. “It’s hilarious, but it’s great, it’s so exciting, because then I think people in the stands understand that we are an interdisciplianry school where we allow our students to do both athletics and music.”

Rodriguez is a sophomore, and he’s loving his time doing both.

“When I’m on the football field, it’s all about hitting,” he said. “When I’m with the band marching, it’s like, calm down, count to 10, you got this.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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