MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — “The Pride” is being told to keep it off the field.
Even though members of West Virginia University’s Mountaineer Marching Band will be making the trip to M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore for Saturday’s game between WVU and the University of Maryland, the band will be given no time for a field show before the game or at halftime.
“It’s a very disappointing turn of events,” said band director Jay Drury of the policy that, Maryland athletic department officials said, prohibits performances from visiting bands during home games.
Though M&T Bank Stadium is a neutral site for the two teams, but Saturday’s game is considered a home game for the Terrapins.
“We’re, kind of, against the wall here because there’s not much we can do since it’s, technically, their home game, but we are definitely disappointed,” said Drury.
On Wednesday’s MetroNews “Talkline,” he said the WVU band has performed at Byrd Stadium, Maryland’s usual home game site, in the past.
The last performance there happened as recently as 2005, he said.
A smaller contingent of WVU band players will still be on hand to play in the stands this weekend. “I guarantee you that the kids that are going to be there are going to be sure to make sure Mountaineer Nation proud,” Drury said. “People will know that we’re there.”
Kickoff for Saturday’s game at the home of the Baltimore Ravens is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.