Former DHS band member continues to march as a UGA Redcoat

Around 9,000 fans enter the UGA every game, but that doesn’t scare Moore, it only excites her. “My first game standing on the field and being cheered on by all those people was amazing,” she said.

Chloe Moore

Around 9,000 fans enter the UGA every game, but that doesn’t scare Moore, it only excites her. “My first game standing on the field and being cheered on by all those people was amazing,” she said.

Former Decatur student Chloe Moore lifts her instrument to her mouth as she gazes out into the crowd, only seeing a massive blur of red. The signal of the head conductor catches her attention, and she tenses up, ready to play.

The college freshmen plays clarinet in the University of Georgia marching band, otherwise known as the UGA Redcoats. Moore is the first Decatur High School marching band student to be a part of Redcoats since 2004. “[Being a Redcoat] is awesome to say the least,” Moore said. “It’s like being part of a huge 400 person family, everyone is so nice and friendly. It’s so cool to get to go on the field every saturday in front of about 9,000 people.”

Moore admits that there’s a certain amount of attention that she gets from the opportunity. “I was in uniform on my way to one game and a dad came up to me and asked if his kids could meet us, because his kids loved to hear the band so much,” Moore said. “It’s great getting all the good attention from fans.”

Although she agrees the overall experience is incredible, Moore says it’s the people she meets that makes being a Redcoat so special. “My favorite thing has to be the people. We’re a big family, and majority of my new friends are in the band with me,” she said. “When I first came to UGA I was so nervous, but my section helped me transition easily because they were so nice to the freshmen.”

With only a select amount of spots available, Moore had to work hard to earn her spot on the band. “There is a waiting list to be in redcoats, so if you get kicked out, someone can quickly fill your spot. You have to audition to even be out there,” she said.

Once Moore made it into the band, the hard work didn’t stop there, and still hasn’t. “We play three different shows throughout the season, rather than just one, so I have to pick up on things a lot quicker here,” Moore said. “I’ve had to memorize 5 different pieces not to mention pre-game songs already. The skill level overall is way higher. I mean, they are college level players.

In the end, it’s all worth it to Moore. “I like to play my instrument, and I didn’t want to give it up,” she said. “I like how I got to hang out with my friends a lot in the band in high school, so I figured it’d be an easy way to make friends in college, and it is.”