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A week in the life of: A Majestic

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In preparation for the Friday night football, it’s not only football players and coaches who are working hard each and every day. Besides the cheerleaders and the band, there’s even more who must commit their valuable time to guarantee the perfect night for all those in attendance. To arrange an excellent halftime show performance, the Majestics dedicate a full week of practice and hard work to ensure flawlessness.

Monday through Friday, all the Majestics are required to arrive at the school no later than 6:45 a.m. in order to be ready for their 7:00 a.m. practice. Morning practice will not end until 9:05 a.m., which leaves the girls half an hour to get ready for the school day.

“It’s not really that bad. You just kind of have to get used to it,” junior Brycen Raybon said.

Monday

Besides the normal stretching, Majestics will review the performance from last week with their sergeant and critique it. Then they will discuss the field routine for the upcoming game.

Immediately after school ends, they meet for 45 minutes to attend ‘tutorials’ for their field routine tryouts.

“Ms. Lowrance and the officers watch for mistakes, hesitations, or lack of polish. From there we decide who we can polish up to look best on the field,” senior major Peyton Bergwell said. “Otherwise we pull them and they work during the week beside the team so they will be better prepared for the next week’s try-out.”

If a Majestic does not make the try-out she is still required to attend all practices and the game, standing on the sideline during the halftime performance.

“We need everyone out there to have the memory for our routines,” junior officer Nicole Andrews said. “That way we look polished and professional.”

Tuesday

Starting their day out with field routine tryouts, anxious girls will find out the results by the end of practice.

Not only do the Majestics have to worry about Friday’s football performance, they have to prepare for their pep-rally and contest routines. During a two and a half hour after school practice, the girls rehearse and learn different hip-hop routines, ending their long day with a team trip to Sonic.

Wednesday

The girls have to re-set the field formation, taking into account the girls that did not make the cut for Friday’s performance.

That night, the senior Majestics meet at a mexican resturant, Cyclone Anaya’s, at 5:30 p.m. and then afterwards they watch old show videos.

“Getting together outside of school we are all more relaxed. We are all pretty close and there is really never a dull moment when we are together,” Bergwell said.

Thursday

The day begins a little earlier for the girls, because at 7:00 a.m. they must be in formation to practice and rehearse with the band on the football field. Afterwards, it’s all about polishing the routine to make it perfect.

At night, boots need to be polished, bags need to be packed, and everything must be cleaned and spotless.

“We want to look as professional as possible when we’re performing, just like any other sports team does,” Andrews said.

Friday

In addition to another last minute practice with the band, the girls must end practice early in order to attend tutorials and curl their hair.

“We curl our hair because that’s what the original Majestics did. We try and keep that same Majestic look throughout the year. Same thing with the red lipstick, the pep rally uniforms, shoes, and everything else,” Andrews said. “We want to keep the signature Majestic look alive.”

Dinner is ready for the girls at 4:15 p.m. in the cafeteria, and then they fix their hair and make-up and listen to music to pump them up for their big performance. At 6:00 p.m., the Majestics studio will contain 26 frantic girls putting the finishing touches on their uniform.

After circling up to pray, the girls being their march out to the field at 6:30 p.m.

All their early mornings, late nights, and rehearsals have been leading up to the next 4 hours.

As the players run out, Majestics do chorography in victory lines for the players to run through. In the stands the girls dance and cheer until halftime. After making some minor appearance touch-ups, the girls head down to the track to stretch and perform.

“After halftime the drill team officers from the other drill team and ours meet up to introduce each others teams to one another and learn about each others drill team,” Bergwell said. “After the game, we pack up and go down the the track again to do our chant. Then we normally hang up our uniforms, and head to Whataburger.”

Saturday and Sunday

Finally, the girls are able to sleep in. However, they are still required to review their dances, wash all practice uniforms, and prepare for another long week and hectic Friday night football game.

“The practice is completely worth it. It can get tedious when we get down to spot polishing, but we all worked hard to get there, and we will work hard at what we love. We care about our team, and so we are going to spend as much time as it takes to build and be a strong, and talented drill team,” Bergwell said. “We do it to impress our audience, and we do it to push ourselves to new limits.”

 

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    AnonymousMay 24, 2012 at 11:01 am

    OMG this is so detailed! Majestics are the best ever!!!

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    Deborah CarterNov 1, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    My daughter was a “mini-Majestic” last year at one of the games, and she loved it! I’ll show her this article tonight and talk with her about what she’ll need to do between now (she’s a sixth grader) and then. Awesome article!

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    TravisOct 24, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    GO MAJESTICS!!!!

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