Notre Dame Marching Band Does OK Go, Treadmills and All

We just got back from the USC-Notre Dame game where USC won 38-3. The game wasn’t terribly exciting, but the marching bands really stepped things up for the halftime show. The full Notre Dame marching band was on hand — apparently for the first time in 35 years — and they did some of the most impressive formations I’ve ever seen.

My favorite part was when they played OK Go’s “Here We Go Again,” made famous by the treadmill dance music video. Well, the marching band didn’t bring out real treadmills, but they made two treadmills with two men — then had the belts moving, and the men moving, too. I’ve never seen anything like it on a field.

Check it out a little closer up. Too bad I was sitting on the wrong side of the field so it’s upside down.

After the field-scale treadmill dancing, the band started playing “American Pie” and created a field-size car that traveled across the field, leaving a trail of smoke behind it. I don’t usually care much for the halftime show, but this was a real standout. Apparently the Notre Dame band director is actually a USC alum.

The USC band had its own story to tell, highlighting USC’s victories over the past 35 years that the Notre Dame marching band had remained in Indiana. It was fun and typically tongue-in-cheek, though I couldn’t really tell what any of the formations were supposed to be. There were also plenty of dance breaks — it seems anytime anyone in the USC band isn’t actively playing their instrument, they make up some sort of dance, which ends up being pretty entertaining.

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