41-year-old Clemson band member: ‘Always follow your heart’

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For Clemson fans, “gameday” means going to Death Valley and cheering on the Tigers at Memorial Stadium. For one Upstate woman, she didn’t want to just sit in the stands anymore.

41-year-old Jeannie Brown’s path to the practice room wasn’t a traditional one. She got her associate degree out of high school, before becoming a nurse.

“I just kept it in the back of my mind, as I got older,” Brown said, “I thought one day, someway, somehow, I want to play in Tiger Band.”

Now, she’s back in school to earn her Bachelor’s degree at Clemson – and nothing could keep her from her dream.

“When I go out on gamedays now, I can stand there and just look up at the crowd and I have those moments where I just say, thank you Lord for letting me do this,” Brown explained.

Brown hopes her story to inspire others to never give up on their goals.

“Always follow your heart. If there’s something you want to do, don’t let things stop you. You might hit a roadblock, but there’s ways to go under it, over it, or around it. I mean you just got to keep going and put your heart into it. If you want to do something, it can be done.”

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