Monday, September 25, 2006

Focus On The Bands: Wisconsin game

Wisconsin Marching Band

This band is overrated. They put on an impressive physical show, but the musicality just isn't there. Essentially doing a half high-step, it's way too easy to frack every note out there. There are a lot of Cavendar-era MMB alums out there that lament that the MMB has become "just another drum corps-style band", but there are solid, solid reasons behind the switch and I saw a lot of them on display today. When your show is "modern Broadway", you need to be able to play that style, and a high-stepping band can't do that very well.


Wow. I was kind of "eh" on the Michael Jackson show they were bringing this week (Are they ever going to turn and play to the side of the field opposite the press box?), but then they got to "Thriller". Awesome, just awesome. The band formed three tombstones (labeled VU, CMU, and ND), Carl did a spooky voiceover, and the band did the Thriller dance. The students loved it. Best show of the year so far. Even with their size and all-brass instrumentation, Wisconsin was totally blown off the field.

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