The Blue Band will travel north to Orchard Park this weekend to perform during Sunday’s Bills-Broncos game while the Nittany Lions are away in Iowa City.
This will be the band’s first trip to Buffalo since Terry Pegula purchased the Bills in 2014; the Blue Band traveled to Orchard Park in 2013 when the Bills hosted Kansas City under the late Ralph Wilson Jr.’s ownership.
According to Blue Band public relations director Connor Soboslay, the band will put on its traditional pregame routine along with its “Let’s Dance” routine performed earlier this season when the Nittany Lions played Akron.
“We’re very thankful that the Bills and Mr. Pegula gave us the chance to come,” Soboslay said. “It shows us his commitment to Penn State.”
The chance to perform during an NFL game is one that’s unique for most of the band’s current members. “The Bills reached out to us with the opportunity,” Soboslay said. “The band went in 2013, so nobody who’s currently in the band aside from fifth year seniors have performed at a Bills game. It’s the first time in a few years that it fit with both schedules.”
The entire band, with the exception of 15 members headed to Iowa as part of a pep band, will make the trip to Orchard Park — and won’t just be performing during the afternoon. The group will be in the stands during times they aren’t performing, giving them the equally-unique experience of watching a Buffalo Bills game in person.
Those hoping to see the band perform on TV might be out of luck; if you don’t have the NFL Sunday Ticket, you can share in my plight as an out-of-market football (Bills) fan.