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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)- This year Arkansas State University will have the largest marching band in the history of the school.

As ASU players prepare to take the field tomorrow night so does the marching band. The marching band now has 220 members and the director said they are hoping the band will continue to grow.

"They have been practicing now for several weeks and they finally get to put on their uniform and they finally get to perform in front of thousands of people," said director or bands at Arkansas State, Timothy Oliver. 

For Freshman Erik Giddens, Saturday night's will be his first performance as a Red Wolf.

"I'm pretty excited. I've never done anything with this big of people and it's going to be pretty fun," Giddens said. 

He said he knew he wanted to be a part of the band when he was accepted into ASU.

"I was in band in high school and then I just saw this band on You tube and stuff and I just figured this is the one," Giddens said.

Oliver said being in the marching band is no longer meant for just music majors.

"They literally represent all majors from A to Z accounting to zoology," he said. 

But it's more than just the shiny uniform that drive students to the band.

"It is an infectious environment that they can come and support the Red wolves, they can come and meet a whole lot of new people from across campus, and it's just a great experience," said marching band director, Dr. Sarah Labovitz.

She said for the past six years the bands has been getting bigger every year. But this year they are bringing something different.

"All six of the home games will have a different theme or a different show," she said.

For the first home game, the band is taking it back to the 80's.

"The biggest thing to listen for this year is that we have increased the amount of stand tunes we are playing in the stands dramatically," Labovitz said.

Oliver said he is glad to see so many students be a part of the band.  

"The fact that here we are well over 100 years into our history and we are now reaching a new milestone as far as enrollment," he said.

ASU will kick off their first home game tomorrow at 6 against the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

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