RAT Blog 2015

R.A.T. Activities Schedule and Final Thoughts

posted August 3, 2015

WAR EAGLE! This is Hannah bringing you the fifth and FINAL blog post of the summer! You know what that means…preseason camp is only a few short days away! We are really excited to meet each and every one of you and help you through the preseason audition camp process. While R.A.T. Activities are certainly not mandatory, we highly encourage that you will take advantage of all of the following fun activities as well as all of the daily morning R.A.T. drills. This is so that you can meet your fellow R.A.T.s and VETs! You will do most all of these activities in small groups that you will be assigned to during registration on Thursday, August 6th at 10 am, or 8 am if you are a Tiger Eye or a percussionist. These groups are going to be led by your lovely R.A.T. Group Leaders, which are just veteran members of the band that will serve as mentors to you throughout preseason camp! They are just as excited about meeting you as we are!

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First Year Freak-outs and Concerns

posted July 21, 2015

War Eagle everybody! This time it’s Robert bringing you the fourth blog of the summer! Only two more weeks until Preaseason camp so I hope all of you guys have been practicing! Since we are so close to camp, the Blog this week is going to be all about common concerns, worries, and questions that we get from freshman and other first year Auburn students trying out for the marching band. Starting college is such an amazing experience but most people are going to have their fare share of concerns. But don’t worry, that’s what all of your R.A.T. Leaders are here for! This post will cover a lot of information including marching band, campus involvement, and classes. Let’s get started!!

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About Auburn

posted July 1, 2015

Welcome to “The Loveliest Village on the Plains!”

War Eagle!! Now that you’ve learned about a little bit about your leadership and about the history of the R.A.T. program, it is about time you learn about the place you will call home in just a few weeks. 

First things first, Auburn University has held several names in its 159 year history.  This wonderful university was first established in 1856 as the East Alabama Male College, 20 years after the city of Auburn was founded.  In 1872, under the Morrill Act, the school became the first land-grant college in the South and was renamed the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama. In 1899 the name again was changed, to the Alabama Polytechnic Institute or API.  You can even still buy API shirts at the bookstore. Finally, in 1960 the name was changed to Auburn University, more in keeping with its location, and expressed the variety of academic programs and larger curriculum of a major university.

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What is the R.A.T Program?

posted June 11, 2015

Hey everyone! It's Elijah bringing you the second blog of the summer. Things are really starting to get going around here and we are so excited for Preseason Camp! The AUMB has had many traditions over the years, but one has stuck throughout much of its history: the R.A.T. Program. This long-standing tradition has garnered some of the greatest relationships and friendships Auburn has ever seen. R.A.T., or Rookie Auburn Tiger, is the name given to all new members of the AUMB. It is not a derogatory name as we have a ZERO TOLERANCE for any type of hazing in this great organization, rather it is a term of endearment.

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Get to know the R.A.T Leaders

posted May 29, 2015

Welcome to the 2015 R.A.T. Blog! You may be wondering what the purpose of this blog is. Here is where we will be updating you throughout the summer on all things AUMB related. From what you need to know about preseason camp, traditions at Auburn, or just some fun facts about your leadership team for the upcoming season, the R.A.T. Blog will be your go-to! Every other week one of your fabulous R.A.T. Leaders will be posting to the blog to help keep you excited and looking forward to preseason camp. We know that you all have a lot of questions and concerns about the process, so if you have a specific concern that is not addressed in one of the posts or on the FAQ page, feel free to contact any one of us. We are here to help you through it all! This week we wanted to give you the opportunity to get to know us a little better, so here are some fun facts about each of us that you would not find elsewhere! 

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