Ohio State Athletic Band pays tribute to Van Halen – Billboard
The Ohio State University Athletic Band showed their admiration for Van Halen over the weekend at the Ohio State Spring Game in front of a crowd of more than 60,000.
On Saturday, April 16, the student band took to the field at halftime to deliver a nearly 8-minute performance inspired by the rock band, delivering a choreographed segment that included hit songs “Runnin’ With the Devil”, “Dreams”, “Panama” and “Jump”. The students moved in sync to spell out the band’s name, along with song titles including “Dreams,” Jump” and “1984.”
They also created shapes like the band’s sporty wings logo, a guitar-playing stick figure – in reference to the late guitarist Eddie Van Halen, who died at 65 in 2020 after a long battle with cancer – as well as a car that appeared to be lead singer David Lee Roth’s 1951 Mercury Eight, first seen in the music video for “Panama.” The athletic band
This isn’t the first time Ohio State has garnered attention for an impressive halftime performance. Last year, the Ohio State University Marching Band, which unlike the Athletic Band requires members to audition, went viral after paying tribute to Rush with a 14-minute performance titled “The Music of Rush.” to the tune of the most recognizable band. Songs. Nearly 100,000 fans watched as the musicians performed in unison on ‘The Spirit Of Radio’, ‘2112’, ‘Limelight’, ‘Closer to the Heart’, ‘Fly By Night’, ‘Red Barchetta’, ‘YYZ and “Tom Sawyer”. .” The performance – which was a tribute to Rush drummer Neil Peart, who died in 2020 – left surviving band members”mute.”
Check out the Ohio State University Athletic Band’s Van Halen-themed performance below.