By: Brittany Bedi | WCTV Eyewitness News
March 26, 2019
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Cheers and excitement fill a charter bus of Florida State Marching Seminole Sound and Golden Girls. The groups arrived at the airport to fly to California with the men's basketball team for FSU's Sweet Sixteen matchup against Gonzaga.
Musicians from the Seminole Sound are excited for the upcoming game.
Marching Chiefs Drum Major and Seminole Sound musician, Alex Arbeiter, believes the band and the team are ready for the challenge.
"Basically every game of this tournament so far has basically been a virtual away game for all the fans that have been there to support the other team," said Arbeiter. "Our team is ready to show up and do what they have to do, and that is, work."
Drum Major/ Seminole Sound musician, Katie Olney, expressed excitement for the trip and game. She hopes the music can help pump up the team.
"A lot of other schools have home court advantage, but when we're there playing the Warchant, playing Seminole Uprising, it makes them feel like, we're there for you, we're here to support you, so I hope that we help them and that we encourage them because we love them and we support them to matter what and I hope they can feel that," said Olney.
"We like to think that we provide a sixth man when we travel," said David Plack, FSU director of athletic bands. "We can't expect that most fans can make the trip cross-country, so between the band and our terrific Golden Girls- our dance team- we're going to try to give as much support as we can, be that student section, be that cheering section."
The FSU men's basketball team takes on Gonzaga March 28 at 7:09 PM on WCTV.