Drumline performs for Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, airing Dec. 10 on CBS

The Rutgers Marching Band drumline knows how to march down a football field, but they had to step into some new shoes recently when they climbed onto the Victoria’s Secret catwalk.

“It’s a ‘Will you please pinch me?’ moment,” Rutgers University Marching Band Director Tim Smith says of the performance by the 15 drumline members, who were dressed to the nines as Buckingham Palace guards for the lingerie and clothing brand's annual fashion show. “Fall Out Boy is performing with our drumline onstage…I’m pretty blown away.”

The performance is set to air December 10, 2013, at 10 p.m. EST on CBS.

Drumline member and music arranger Paul Nalesnik calls the experience “mind-blowing.”

“We were treated as talent, not as a class or a marching band at a football game,” Nalesnik says. “We got to hang out with everybody–Fall Out Boy, Taylor Swift, Lenny Kravitz [to name a few.]" He proclaims Kravitz to be "really nice.”

They also met their share of scantily clad models.

“I was a little nervous,” snare drummer Carlos Vazquez says. “How do you approach a model?”

Nalesnik agrees.

“It was a little daunting at first,” he says, “but they were very friendly.”

Field manager Christiian Credle says: “They even wished us luck. You realize that they’re real people.”

Last-minute production changes meant the drumline was forced to learn a new routine--and fast.

“You have to roll with the punches,” Credle says.

Band Director Tim Smith says experiences like this one are invaluable because they prep musicians for life after the drumline.

“The reason I took this for our students was to expose them to a high-level production,” he says. “It’s great exposure for them–they’re getting out in front of New York City’s A-list for those two shows.”

Participating drummers include Josiah Arp of Bronson, Fl; Geoff Clark of Poway, Ca.; Christiian Storm Credle of Dunellen, NJ; Jeremy Giles of Woodbridge; Kelvin Gomez of Perth Amboy; Kristin Lawton of Hillsboroug; Patrick McCale of Oxford; Christopher Mottes of Branchburg; Dominick Orlando of Manalapan; Michael Mariano of Keansburg; Mark Managhan of Upper Deerfield; Paul Nalesnik of Bound Brook; Galen Norwood of Sicklerville; Christian Negri of Brick and Carlos Vazquez of Newark.
 
 
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Posted December 2013