Something weird is going on at Vanderbilt.
A petition is being circulated online asking for support for the Spirit of Gold Marching Band to be allowed to play its own homecoming halftime at Vanderbilt later this month. According to the petition on change.org, the school recently informed the band that it would not be allowed to play homecoming because the band from the visiting team, Tennessee State, was invited to perform in its place.
Yes, that’s right. The visiting team’s band performing the halftime show — at homecoming. Here is a quote from the petition:
“As Vanderbilt alumni and fans, we implore Vice Chancellor David Williams and Chancellor Nick Zeppos to reverse this decision, allowing the Spirit of Gold to perform at our Homecoming halftime.”
It’s unclear why the Vanderbilt band is not being allowed to perform and what went into the decision to invite the band from the opposing school.
The Vanderbilt football team is 2-3 overall and 0-2 in the SEC following a 13-6 loss to Florida on Saturday. The Commodores have two more games to play before the Oct. 22 homecoming game.