From an unprecedented collaboration between two in-state rivals to a band-loving celebrity sighting, here's just a taste of some of the coolest things seen from marching musicians during week six of the college football season.
During a heated game between Michigan and Michigan State at “The Big House” in Ann Arbor, the two university marching bands put their rivalry aside as they joined forces for a special halftime performance. With a show they titled “State of Michigan,” the two ensembles kicked things off with “Mars” from Holst's “The Planets” before wrapping up the nearly 12-minute performance by forming Michigan's upper and lower peninsulas while playing the “1812 Overture.”
Garnering attention for the Aggies
Golden Globe Award-winning actress Jennifer Garner, who's known to be vocal about her time as a saxophone-playing marching musician, showed some love for the Fightin' Texas Aggie Band while attending the Texas A&M game in College Station.
Hawkeye Marching Band has a new move - a giant wave to the kids.❤️ pic.twitter.com/9d5dZZCo6w— Hawkerella (@Hawkerella) October 7, 2017
Float like a butterfly, sting like a Buckeye
Though Ohio State and Michigan won't face each other on the gridiron until November 25, it didn't stop "The Best Damn Band in the Land" from throwing some shade at the Wolverines as part of a boxing-themed halftime production. As the band broke into the strains of “Eye of the Tiger,” they channeled their fury into a Block M punching bag that swung back and forth with each additional blow.
Running back can bust tackles and a move
Lavon Coleman feeling the groove with Husky Band and Cal Band at post-game!Posted by Husky Marching Band on Sunday, October 8, 2017
After the Washington Huskies put the hurt on California 38-7, Washington running back Lavon Coleman couldn't help himself from celebrating with band members as they laid down a groove during a post-game performance.
Conducting with style
Twenty college and university marching bands took the field during the annual Collegiate Marching Band Festival at J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown, Pennsylvania on Sunday, October 1. Anthony McDonnell, executive drum major of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Marching Band, took time at the event to explain a unique style utilized by his band's conductors.