"Football and bands and just fall in the air, it's just a wonderful tradition in West Texas," said Principal Jack Purkeypile.
As Monterey High School heads to Wichita Falls on Saturday for their regional playoff game, the Plainsmen band will not be tagging along.
"It's a little bit of a curse because they can't be together and they are a wonderful, unified team," said Purkeypile.
He said the entire band will be competing themselves in the Texas Music Educators Association region auditions.
Meaning on Saturday the band will be going one way and the football team another.
As coach Todd Pearson leads the Plainsmen on the field, Lubbock Christian University's Andrew Babcock will be directing his band as they play the Monterey fight song.
"It was the students that decided this was important enough for our community and for the students at Monterey that we can serve in this capacity," said Babcock, "so they basically dropped everything this weekend and there going to be there being Plainsmen."
Director Babcock said playing for the Plainsmen is an added bonus this semester.
"To have students be the ones to make this decision is one of the most humbling things I can think of as a director," said Babcock.