Members of four different high school drumlines inIndianawere chosen to be part of Madonna’s Super Bowl XLVI halftime show: Fishers, Center Grove, Avon and Franklin Central High Schools.
When students of FHS were informed they had been selected, they were instructed to keep the news confidential. It was not until Madonna went on air and made a statement she would have a drumline in her show that members were allowed to inform friends. Still, they could not give specific details pertaining to the performance.
“(The atmosphere was) very strict, very fast paced and nerve wracking. A lot of people from all over the world were there choreographing, dancing and singing,” said 18-year-old Mark McCabe of Fishers.
Rehearsals began just two weeks before the Super Bowl and increased in length and intensity as the performance date approached. Students had to leave from school early in order to arrive at Lucas Oil Stadium on time for rehearsals.
The day of the game, members of the drumlines arrived half an hour prior to performance time, and as soon as the show ended, they were escorted home.
“It was the fastest 12 minutes of my life,” said 17-year-old Joshua Ambrose. “We had to get dressed as fast as possible, and then we ran down in tunnels under the field. While they assembled the stage, we were rushed up, and when the show began, it was the loudest thing I’d ever heard in my entire life.”
Members of the FHS drumline agree performing at the Super Bowl was a great experience that will leave a lasting impression. Most could not pull out a singular moment; the experience as a whole was too overwhelming.
“We all walked on stage and we were astounded. Everyone was talking about how they had a huge rush of adrenaline,” said 15-year-old Briana Ogiego. “I would not say there was a favorite part (for me), but it makes me proud of myself, and I am probably going to remember this for the rest of my life.”
By Brianna Murphy and Kourtnee Hamilton