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Awesome video game themed halftime show by the Ohio State University marching band

October 9, 2012 Leave a comment

As both a former high school band geek and a… umm… well, geek, I find this performance by the Ohio State University marching band to be awesomely awesome. Probably one of the best halftime shows I’ve ever seen.

The show begins with the band shooting targets a la Space Invaders before transitioning to the “wild encounter” theme from Pokémon Red and Blue, during which the band forms two PokéBalls that eventually transform into a giant Pikachu. From there, a giant game of Tetris ensues!

Following that, the band honors Super Mario Brothers with a display of the franchise’s well-known coin boxes. Then we get some star power! There are even a “Mario” and “Luigi” out on the field jumping and punching the coin boxes, though they’re a bit difficult to make out in this video unless you’re paying careful attention.

After Mario, there’s a small tribute to the Halo series, though I’m not much of a Halo fan. I’m more interested in the next part—the Triforce from the Legend of Zelda series, which transforms into Link’s horse, Epona. And then Epona literally gallops across the field!!! It’s freaking awesome! My high school band certainly never did anything like that!

Anyway, as things draw to a close, we see Princess Peach’s castle complete with Mario sliding down the flagpole, finishing the level. The show closes with one of my personal favorites—Pac-Man! He’s heading for a cherry, but is being chased by a ghost (the classic sound effects play at this point—nice!). Finally, the band spells out “GAME OVER.”

But don’t just take my word for it! Watch this awesome video!

– The Geek

Star Wars (John Williams Is The Man) A Cappella Tribute Medley

October 7, 2012 Leave a comment

Just rediscovered this after a couple of years. It’s definitely one of my very favorite YouTube videos ever.