5 Marching Band Arrangements That Are Better Than The Original

Posted by Sydney Myers

December 19th, 2017

If you’re like us, you view Fall as marching band season, not just football season. The showmanship and skill on display during each performance is both entertaining and awe-inspiring. Sometimes you’d rather watch a marching band’s version of a song than listen to the original. In that spirit, here are 5 marching band arrangements that put the original to shame.

1. Uptown Funk by the USC Marching Band

There are some songs that lend themselves to a marching band performance, and Uptown Funk is one of them. It also helps when your band has enough funk to put down their instruments and break it down like the USC band does at about the 1-minute mark of this performance.

Also worth mentioning is the Disneyland All-American Band’s arrangement of this song, which includes a pretty awesome saxophone solo.

2. Light ‘Em Up by the WVU Marching Band

There isn’t actually any marching in this performance, but it’s still great nonetheless. The Mountaineer Marching Band put on quite a show during this visit to Franklin High School. The kid dancing in the front row of the bleachers should tell you everything you need to know about this performance.

3. Call Me Maybe by the UC Marching Band

I’ll be the first person to say that the pop song “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen is not on my personal playlist. However, this half-time performance of the song by the University of California Marching Band is way more enjoyable. The crowd singing along kind of gives you chills. It highlights the uniting effect music can have on a group of strangers.

4. Party Rock Anthem by the Ohio University Marching Band

If you enjoyed watching the USC band get down to Uptown Funk, you’re going to love this performance by the Ohio University Marching Band. On its own, this is a fun version of Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO, but what takes it over the top is the dance number by the winds section. The percussion section even breaks it down with their own dance moves. I would take this version over the original any day.

5. Wrecking Ball by the VCU Pep Band

Yes, this isn’t technically a marching band performance, but there’s no way we could leave it out. VCU’s pep band is famous for their high-energy performances and they definitely brought it with this one. I’m not going to be listening to any Miley Cyrus tunes any time soon, but I could jam to this version all day. (Bonus shout-outs to the tuba and trumpet players who are having way too much fun.)

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