In the eyes of a Tiger

Freshman Colin Runnels survives performing in the band halftime show


Photo by Savannah Pritchard

Runnels playing with GoPro attached to his helmet

Story by Grace Hickey, staff writer

Blinding lights shine down on him. The crowd’s eyes are watching his every move. One wrong step could cause everything to go wrong. This situation might be stressful for any band member, but for freshman Colin Runnels, it was even more overwhelming.


Q: What was your first time on the field like?

A: It was very interesting- a little bit nerve-wrecking- considering it was my first time on the field.


Q: Have you been in band before?

A: I’ve been in band since 6th grade.


Q: In what school?

A: Texas Middle School.


Q: What part of being on the field made you the most nervous?

A: Probably just everyone looking at you. You’re just afraid that you’re going to mess up, and everyone is going to see it.


Q: Was the footwork difficult for you to learn?

A: It did take a little bit of getting used to, but eventually I caught on to it.

Runnels on field preparing to march during game
Runnels on field preparing to march during game


Q: How did you feel playing in the Texas vs. Arkansas game?

A: I was very excited. I mean, I’m excited to be able to play in any football game. I feel that it’s a privilege to be able to do that.


Q: What has your overall band experience been like?

A: Starting out over the summer- it was fun being able to meet some new people. Learning how to march was difficult. Putting together a show is probably the hardest part. It’s helped me a lot.