Ovation: Ohio University Marching 110’s “Gangnam Style”.
I was a High School Band Geek and I loved every minute of it. Rehearsals, concerts, solo contests and parades consumed my life. Hours devoted to practice, taking and teaching private lessons took the place of a social life. I loved it all with one exception … football half-time shows. While I was an award-winning concert musician, I was terrible at marching band. I performed well in a parade but, when it came time to march in formation on a football field I hated every minute of it … because I was really bad at it.
Knowing how difficult and challenging it can be to organize 100+ musicians into a performance of this nature makes it easy for me to understand the accomplishment of Ohio University Marching 110’s rendition of Korean singer Psy’s catchy dance track, “Gangnam Style”.
This ensemble has done a stellar job of combining their instrumental skills with less-than-traditional marching band moves. Psy’s pop single has been highly praised for its humor, catchy rhythm and unusual dance moves. Debuting at number on the Gaon Chart when released last July, Psy’s music video has been viewed almost 268,000,000 times making it YouTube’s most watched K-pop video. The song has topped the iTunes charts in thirty-one countries and is nominated for Best Video at the upcoming 2012 MTV Europe Music Awards. “Gangnam Style” was recently recognized by the Guinness World Records as the “Most ‘Liked’ Video in YouTube History”.
Congratulations to Ohio University Marching 110 for performing this unusual number in front of a packed football stadium and making a little bit of history, too. There was a time when I could keep up with them on a concert stage but never on a football field.
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