18 bands big is quite a state

The kids in uniform kept coming up the steps and passing our seats at the Carrier Dome last Saturday. Many kids in many different uniforms, up the steps they went to seats far up in th section.

It was obvious that something was going on at halftime.

The guys behind us joked half-heartedly about how long the halftime show for the Syracuse-Clemson football game would take.

And then all those kids went back down those steps, down the ramp, and out they came on the field as the teams left after the second quarter.

The Pride of the Orange and many high school bands at the Carrier Dome.

The Pride of the Orange and many high school bands at the Carrier Dome.

The PA announcer explained that 17 high school bands were joining the usual halftime performers, the fine Syracuse University group, the Pride of the Orange.

The took on the shape of New York state.

Here’s a YouTube clip of a video I shot of the band performing with my iPhone 6. It’s an Ariana Grande-Nicki Minaj mash-up. Quite a modern touch there.

One question: If they’re not marching, is it still a marching band show? I know, too many moving parts to coordinate.

What’s your favorite marching band song, and why? What’s the oddest marching band song you’ve ever heard? What do you think could be the coolest marching band song you’d like to hear?

34 thoughts on “18 bands big is quite a state

  1. Not much on marching bands bro Mark, but my grandson and then my granddaughter were both in their high school marching band. Both played the same instrument, can’t remember if clarinet or something else, but very good at it in each case. And both quit about the same age to pursue other interests. Silent Night was the strangest I’ve heard by a marching band, mainly because it was originally written for guitar, and to my way of thinking, it should NEVER be played on any other instrument, including organ, piano, or violin. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.


  2. I always get a thrill from marching bands. John Phillips Sousa was the man in the U.S. Stars and Stripes for ever gets me on my feet.

    This is really delightful, and came to mind when you mentioned odd or unusual marching band songs. First, I was thinking of Kanye West’s Gold Digger with Jamie Fox. But this is my favorite rock song turned marching band number


  3. I love marching band music, I do ๐Ÿ™‚ I loved it in high school, I loved it in college, I love it in movies and I love it in parades. I suppose the piece I hear the most is the Notre Dame Fight Song, but I don’t think I have a favorite.


  4. I was in high school marching band (hella props to any other bass clarinets out there who get stuck playing baritone sax marching band music because bass clarinets simply aren’t marching band instruments). This was back in the early 1990s, and despite being a jazz musician himself, our Director had us rocking half of Rhythm Nation. But, best marching band moment was playing Yankee Stadium on April 28, 1990. I can’t remember what we played, but it was awesome!


  5. I just love a marching band.
    At Edinboro University we have bagpipes in our marching band.
    Sure hope you can hear our fight song! Hoping I copied and pasted correctly! If not, please disregard as I am doing this from my phone.


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