Here are some high school and college groups that stepped out of their comfort zones. Instead of patriotic, child-friendly favorites, they played some unconventional choices that fit right in when blasted by huge ensembles.
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE – “Bulls On Parade” (George Mason University)
This video shows George Mason University’s marching band rocking out to one of Rage Against The Machine’s greatest hits. Who wouldn’t feel the energy of this song after watching the student in the front row headbanging?
You’ve got to love the football announcer’s cheesy introduction to this tune. And listen to those blaring horns: OU knows what’s up when it comes to picking good marching band covers.
COHEED AND CAMBRIA – “Welcome Home” (Trojan marching band, University of Southern California)
You know you’re doing something right when a band takes notice of cover versions of their songs. The Trojan marching band actually performed with Coheed at Coachella back in 2010, but the video above shows the full band’s rendition of the song on the field.
PARAMORE – “Ain’t It Fun” (Temple University)
Paramore’s poppiest song comes to life a little bit differently when blasted on a football field, but it’s still just as fun, ain’t it?
AVENGED SEVENFOLD – “Almost Easy” (Trojan marching band, USC)
The Trojan marching band appear twice on this list because they’re pretty much as metal as it gets—when it comes to a marching band anyway. F’reals: There’s a reason they regularly appear on TV and at the Grammys.
METALLICA – “Seek And Destroy,” “Master Of Puppets,” “Enter Sandman,” “Turn The Page” (University Of Nevada Wolf Pack marching band)
University Of Nevada’s marching band crammed four Metallica songs into a full tribute show, and the whole thing rocks. Skip to 1:30 for the fast-paced highlight, “Master Of Puppets.”
FALL OUT BOY – “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up),” “Centuries,” “I Don’t Care,” “Thnks Fr Th Mmrs” (University Of Northern Iowa)
Here’s another killer tribute show, this time by the University of Northern Iowa’s marching band honoring Fall Out Boy. They picked FOB’s more popular tunes, spanning from 2007’s “Thnks Fr Th Mmrs” to 2015’s “Centuries.”
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