Much of the appeal to this 225-member Ohio State marching band concert is that audience members can hear live songs from the goosebump-inducing video game-theme halftime show that made The Best Damn Band in the Land the Best Damn Band on the Internet — nearly 14 million YouTube views and counting.
“The idea for the [video game halftime show] actually came from the students. They have been wanting to do it for a few years,” said Jonathan Waters, newly named director of the OSU marching band.
One of the band’s music arrangers, John Brennan, created all the music for the show and band assistant director Chris Hoch did the visual design (who could forget that galloping horse?!).
“The band was thrilled when the video went viral,” Waters said.
But, alas, the band must play on!
“I felt it was very important to maintain our focus after the show in light of the publicity because the next question from people was, ‘How will you top it?’” Waters recalled.
This Sunday, the band’s afternoon concert will sample songs it played on field throughout the season — a great chance to catch the music for those who didn’t get to any of the games this year. Other themed shows included 50 years of the Beach Boys, funk one-hit wonders and a salute to John Glenn.
Tickets are $20 for general-public Buckeye band fans.