October 2, 2019
Jeff Karoub is a member of the MSU Alumni Band and his daughter, Anna, is a current member of the Spartan Marching Band. This Homecoming, they had the chance to perform on the field together for the first time.
“I don’t remember everything from the first time I marched onto Spartan Stadium’s field 32 years ago, but I know it was thrilling, terrifying and awesome,” says MSU alumnus, Jeff Karoub, as he reflects on his time in the Spartan Marching Band. Every year, the MSU Alumni Band joins the Spartan Marching Band to perform the halftime show during a football game. This year, the MSU Alumni Band reunion fell on the same weekend as the Homecoming, and it also marks the 150th season of the Spartan Marching Band, one of the oldest collegiate marching bands in the country. Alumni traveled from all over the country to play in East Lansing, alongside 1100+ past band members, an all-time reunion record.
Karoub traveled from Detroit to participate in the celebration. He has been back to campus multiple times for other MSU Alumni Band reunions, but this time was extra special for him. Jeff Karoub was not the only Karoub family member to be on the field. His daughter, Anna, who is a current member of the Spartan Marching Band, also performed during the Homecoming halftime celebration. They played together for the first time on the Spartan Stadium field. Karoub said of all the occasions, “none held as much meaning as this.”
I don’t remember everything from the first time I marched onto Spartan Stadium’s field 32 years ago, but I know it was thrilling, terrifying and awesome.
Of all the occasions 'none held as much meaning as this.'
Over 30 years apart, both Jeff Karoub and his daughter were able to share the same experience. The two marched together to the stadium during the long-held pregame tradition, the March to the Stadium, while playing "The Series," the famous Spartan Marching Band cadence. They both sat in the stands playing the same songs and then, they took the field with a record-breaking number of Spartan Marching Band and Alumni Band members. The halftime show was an extraordinary display of MSU traditions, and for Jeff, "the best of many great reasons to return for Michigan State University Alumni Band: sharing the field with your bando daughter."
Homecoming is the time of the year when we hear the most stories about generations coming together at MSU. Jeff and Anna’s story is a great representation of what the Homecoming celebration is meant to do. Spartan alumni get to see how Michigan State University has grown while also experiencing the traditions and little things that made their college experience special!