The Ohio State University Marching Band continued to solidify itself as “the finest marching band in the nation.” They paid tribute to Van Halen during their halftime performance at a spring football game on April 16. Check out a video of the show below.
The marching band kicked off with a rendition of Van Halen’s “Dreams” before launching into a performance of “Panama” and ending with “Jump.”
During the tribute, the Buckeyes performed many impressive feats. They began by spelling out “Van Halen” with their bodies, transforming into a guitar-playing stick figure. But he wasn’t the only stick figure to appear in the performance. They also formed two stick figures that actually jumped during “Jump”.
The most impressive maneuver, in our opinion, occurred while the marching band was playing “Panama”. The members formed a car that drove through the grounds, with exhaust smoke billowing behind it.
It’s the Buckeyes’ final celebration of a legendary rock band. In October last year, the band performed the music of influential prog-rockers Rush. Surviving band members said they were “speechless” after seeing a video of the performance.
According to the university website“The Ohio State University Marching Band earned its name as ‘Best Fucking Band in the Country’ by developing many famous marching band innovations, including floating and moving formations, script writing, and fast cadence with a high knee lift.
Additionally, the “Pride of the Buckeyes” is one of the few American college bands consisting solely of brass and percussion instruments. They are also recognized as the largest such group in the world.
The Ohio State Marching Band, Tribute to Van Halen
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