Jacksonville State University drum major Kara Mullinax got quite the surprise when her boyfriend and former Marching Southerners band member Nic Burgess made an unexpected return during a recent alumni reunion show.

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In the middle of the drumline's performance, Burgess snuck behind the drummers, hoping Mullinax wouldn't notice.

Moments later, the bass drummers turned their drums around to reveal "Kara" spelled out on one side. Then, the snare drummers revealed the words "Marry Me" spelled out on the bottom of their drums.

Burgess walked out, dropped to a knee and popped the question in one of the coolest and most original proposals you'll ever see.

He must have done something right, because Mullinax said yes!

Check out the full video below, plus these great photos (Source: Mark du Pont/ Marching Southerners).