Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
The Golden Band from Tigerland will resume travel for road game this upcoming season with the exception of the season opener vs. UCLA at the Rose Bowl, according to band director Kelvin Jones who spoke with The Advocate.

Jones said the decision to not send the band to Pasadena was an "in-house decision" made before UCLA announced that the Rose Bowl would be at full capacity for the upcoming season. He added that these travel plans are usually made a year in advance and many factors played into the decision.
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Jones said the cost of sending LSU's pep band — the roughly 110-person platoon the band normally sends on its road games — to the Rose Bowl would almost be the equivalent of sending a full Tiger band — a group of about 325 members — on a standard road trip with a league opponent.

"So many unknowns," Jones said. "And then you factor in — as you do with any kind of endeavor — travel, hotels, tickets... But, you know, with Covid everything's just constantly changing and just so many unknown variables on top of budget concerns as well."
LSU will be sending its usual pep band to the other four road games vs. Mississippi St., Kentucky, Ole Miss, and Alabama this season.

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Weak
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This kind of response is from someone who is in fact too weak to come up with a compelling argument.
3 months
Make it happen Shaq!
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The seats are probably already sold
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one of the most historic college football programs play in the most famous college football venue for the first time, and the best band in the universe doesn't come? Come on,
Reply3 months
That just sucks.
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Low confidence in California governance is wise.
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Don't give us the Covid excuse. Get your shite together.
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Covid has been over. Stop being pussies and go to the game.
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Somebody needs to fix this!
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Covid is still a thing?
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booo
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Get woke go broke.
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Bunch of cheap Nancy’s
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This sucks! My son is a Sophomore in the Tiger Band and only got to play at 2 games last year. I was hoping he would get to make this trip.
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I bet the Band members could find an alumnus to sponsor their trip. Or 110 sponsors to sponsor 1 band member each.. pipping in music was the beginning of the end for the tiger band. Then no neck The COVID-19 Now this bull hockey
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Bunk
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Guess that answers tRant's hottest question, "Where is the band sitting?" Too bad the Golden Girls won't get a chance to strut for the Hollywood crowd.
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Somebody needs to fix this!
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Everyone please email members of TAF and the band directors. Tell them how this makes you feel. I fired off a respectful but disappointed email. I advised that if there is a proper way to donate to a fund to ensure the band makes the trip, it would be covered. The same thing happened with UW in 2009 and alumni and fans came to the rescue and helped fund the pep band to make the trip. For all of you upset with their decision, funnel that energy to the band dept and TAF. Let them know how big a deal this is. It is an embarrassment that the band will not be represented on primetime national TV.
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This decision was based on money? I’m throwing the BS flag. LSU could pay for the entire state to travel to commieforina and still have money for snacks. State the real reason or don’t say anything. No one likes being lied to
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Heard it's about money smh
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