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Albion grad will perform at Super Bowl with Syracuse Marching Band

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 7 January 2014 at 12:00 am

Photos courtesy of Nicole Gramlich – Nicole Gramlich, a former drum major for the Albion marching band, is the trombone section leader for the Syracuse Marching Band. She is pictured at Yankee Stadium for last year’s Pinstripe Bowl.

SYRACUSE – An Albion native will be on the field for the Super Bowl on Feb. 2 in what is typically the country’s most-watched television event.

Nicole Gramlich, 19, will join the 200-member Syracuse Marching Band for a pregame show at the MetLife Stadium outside New York City.

Gramlich is a sophomore at Syracuse, majoring in child and family studies. She is on a pre-med track. Despite a busy course load, she has made time for marching band and also the Sour Sitrus Society, a student-run band that performs at Syracuse basketball games.

Gramlich has traveled to several big cities with the marching band, including Houston, Texas for Syracuse’s bowl game last month at Reliant Stadium.

“I had no idea I would be able to travel so much with the band,” said Gramlich, who is the trombone section leader.

Nicole Gramlich, right, said she has made many close friends through the Syracuse Marching Band.

The former drum major at Albion needed to learn a new technique for marching band at Syracuse because it is a field band with choreography. Syracuse has a national reputation for its band. The group will join with the Rutgers band for the pregame show at the Super Bowl.

Gramlich said the Syracuse band is “extremely excited” to be a part of the Super Bowl.

With the Sour Sitrus Society she is in the front row at basketball games, helping to create an energetic atmosphere for one of the country’s top college basketball teams.

She said the band is a close-kit group.

“If I wasn’t in the band I wouldn’t have met some of my best friends,” she said. “I just love band so much. It’s given me so many opportunities.”