Coach Curry praises GABS for spirit at I.U.
Determined to cheer their Boilers to victory, the Gold and Black Sound women’s basketball pep band carpooled to Bloomington on Jan. 18 for the team’s annual battle against Indiana University. At stake was the Barn Burner Trophy.
When all was said and done, the Boilers won by eight and band members were holding the coveted trophy aloft. The fact that the team handed the trophy to the band after the win signifies the close relationship Coach Kristy Curry has cultivated with the student musicians.
The following excerpt from the I.U. game story on the Gold and Black Illustrated web site tells the story:
hundred Boilermaker fans made the two-hour drive south for the game, including
the Purdue pep band, which sat behind the north basket and seemed to
spark their team with their enthusiasm.
“I thought they were the difference,” Curry said of the Purdue fans. “Our kids really fed off them energy-wise and emotionally. It means more than I can ever put into words. The band was incredible and their support is amazing."
After the game, Komara handed the band the Barn Burner trophy - the annual prize on the line between the two teams. Purdue then shared hi-fives with the band and they sang “Hail Purdue.”
Curry told me to go give it to them since they were such a big part of this
win," Komara said. "We wanted to include them in the celebration.”
“When we were warming up we looked up and saw them and couldn't believe our band traveled all this way. It was an awesome atmosphere. It was incredible that our fans came down to cheer them on.”