Milford Pats fan missed the big game, too busy performing at halftime

Rachel Quirbach is a huge Patriots fan, but she didn’t see the game Sunday – at least not while it was happening.

Not because she didn’t want to, but because she was behind the scenes with the Arizona State University marching band.

Quirbach, who graduated from
Milford High School last June and is now an ASU freshman, was in the Super Bowl pregame show, playing trumpet. She was also one of 35 ASU students who were chosen to be part of the halftime show.

There were “tons of hours of rehearsal” over the week and a half prior to the game, she recalled in a phone interview.

“On Tuesday, press day, I saw all the players,” she said, “and Wednesday night I saw Katy Perry … it was amazing.

“I had over 25 hours of rehearsal between Friday and Sunday (last week), but the experience of performing in both pregame and halftime shows for the Super Bowl (was) worth it.”

Her father, Bob Quirbach, of Milford, said Rachel is “living her dad’s dream.

“Who would have thought a Milford High School graduate would get to the Super Bowl her freshman year of college, with the Pats contending, and Katy Perry performing?” he said in an email.

“She is an inspiration to us as she pursues her dream and continues to do her best in music,” he said. “When you strive to do your best, unanticipated rewards come your way. Rachel is experiencing the hard work that goes into this event and loving every moment.”

A drum major at Milford High School, Rachel Quirbach worked under the direction of Brad Smith. She is now majoring in music therapy and minoring in criminology and criminal justice.

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