Halloween Show 2015

In the staff meeting before band camp, Gordon surprisingly revealed that for the Halloween game, the band would get to wear costumes during the halftime performance.Preparation for the Halloween Show began during band camp, when drum major Tony Rescigno (BΣ) started teaching each section the Thriller Dance during sectionals. The dance was over 100 counts long, and took a long time for the whole band to have it in sync. In the week leading up to the show, the band got more and more comfortable with the move, and began getting excited to perform in costumes in the Rose Bowl on Saturday. On the day of the game, the band had a full rehearsal in costumes before the game, and learned how difficult it would be to march in unwieldy costumes. The rehearsal helped work out some kinks with the Thriller Dance, and the TAs made sure each member was making the dance exciting in order to project the movements into the stands.  

As halftime approached, band members changed into their costumes and headed to the field. The show started with the theme from The Munsters, then the band made a pumpkin on the field and played The Addam’s Family Theme. Ghostbusters was next, where the color guard ran around the field in white sheets and drum majors Adam Fletcher (BO) and Tony Rescigno, who were wearing Ghostbusters costumes, chased the color guard around and sprayed them with fire extinguishers. This portion of the show was the first time the crowd seemed engaged in the show, gaining some laughter and claps. Next, Thriller began. The arrangement started with the main hook of the song, which immediately woke the crowd up. As the song continued, the band started walking like zombies into a block spanning 100 yards. As soon as the crowd saw the zombie walk, they started clapping in anticipation. When the dance started, the crowd got even louder. On the iconic Thriller move, the crowd responded more. Then when the band picked their instruments up to play the Thriller hook one more time, the crowd went crazy. After the last note, the crowd applauded and cheered wildly! The show had one of the best crowd reactions in my four years of marching band.

Nick Thompson, ΒΠ
President 2015-2016

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