(Oct. 10, 2018) – During the UTSA Football Homecoming game on Saturday, Oct. 13, the guys in helmets and pads won’t be the only ones on the field. The Spirit of San Antonio (SOSA) Marching Band plays an important role in the Homecoming festivities to promote UTSA tradition, spirit, and pride. SOSA is there to ramp up the spirit of pre-game tailgaters in the parking lots, to welcome the team during the Spirit Walk, and kickoff the evening with a pre-game show designed to build fan excitement and bring the team on the field with great support getting them victory-ready.
One of the extra moments to make Homecoming special is the SOSA Alumni Band. Former band members are invited back to reminisce on the good times and participate in the current ensemble.
“We’re really trying to welcome back all the alumni and show them how everything has changed and grown,” said UTSA Band Director Ron Ellis.
Some of the returning alumni played for UTSA long before the band got the name SOSA, with members dating back to the 1970s. Last year’s Alumni Band even had a couple of multigenerational families represented. High school band director Jose Rodriguez got to experience gameday on the field with his son, Joe Rodriguez, and had the honor of conducting the National Anthem.
“Having my dad on the field with me was such a surreal experience,” Joe said. “I felt the past and present connecting.”
This year’s halftime show features Stevie Wonder’s “You are the Sunshine of My Life,” which sets the stage for the highly anticipated crowning of the new Mr. and Ms. UTSA.
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