University of Cincinnati Bearcat Marching Band

You may not have tickets to the Cotton Bowl, but you can still catch the University of Cincinnati Bearcat Band. They’ll be rehearsing at Wildcat Stadium on the grounds of Lake Highlands High School Dec. 29 and Dec. 30 in preparation for their big game.

If you follow the Bearcat Band, you’re familiar with the hashtag #TUCBIDG. It refers to their catchphrase, “The UC Band is Damn Good,” and it’s seen on social media and bumper stickers all over the Midwest.

The Bearcat Band has a good chance of winning halftime, but their undefeated football team has their work cut out for them. They’ll face top-ranked Alabama at 3:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve at AT&T Stadium. The game will be broadcast on ESPN.

The marching band rehearsals are free and open to the public. Wednesday’s practice is from 2-4 p.m. and Thursday’s is from 10 a.m. to noon.