Video: The Ohio State marching band presents…your childhood

posted at 3:21 pm on October 8, 2012 by Mary Katharine Ham

Consider your palate cleansed. As a marching band geek myself— ahem, drum major— I appreciate the hours of work that went into this (especially the 6-minute mark!) and love that the payoff is a viral hit for the band. Notice the roar of the crowd as it recognizes each new song and video game tribute. It’s like a nerd porn circle of life, in which playing a lot of video games in high school instead of getting social approval at football games leads to a perfect tribute to video games, which then leads to the ultimate expression of social approval at a football game. You earned it, Bandos! It’s like all those years wearing Mario-style polyester coveralls was just a really intense period of method acting for this very moment.

It’s up to a million views already, just two days after it happened, and on the long side for a hit YouTube vid, but stick with it if you want to see your favorite hits— HALO, Zelda, Mario, Tetris.

The Cal band did a similar performance in ’07, so I don’t want to leave them unmentioned. But the OSU one is more elaborate.

Exit question (Allahpundit ™): Encouraging to watch a football stadium go wild for a big-band musical performance or discouraging that video game scores are the orchestral touchstone of a generation?

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Bmore on October 8, 2012 at 5:54 PM

If it needs music it ain’t a game. Unless you’re playing musical chairs, of course.
whatcat on October 8, 2012 at 5:22 PM

lol. You sound like my grandfather…

darn kids and their games with the music all loud and stuff!

MikeknaJ on October 8, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Get off my lawn.

whatcat on October 8, 2012 at 6:01 PM

TBDBITL! except maybe the Penn State Blue Band.

How did they make the horse move like that? I wanna join the band now!
Sure hope their team won.

southernms on October 8, 2012 at 3:41 PM

College marching band at this level practices at least 20 hours per week. Being a high school silk was fun, but no time in college-I definitely wasn’t band scholarship material, and between classes and work…

talkingpoints on October 8, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Sure as hell wasn’t my childhood. Three minutes in I had Zero Idea wtf they were doing.

Jaibones on October 8, 2012 at 6:12 PM

I have never played a video game. I am not sure what I just watched. Was it pong?

Bmore on October 8, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Get off my lawn.

whatcat on October 8, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Heh.

Tim_CA on October 8, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Encouraging to watch a football stadium go wild for a big-band musical performance or discouraging that video game scores are the orchestral touchstone of a generation?

Better than commercial jingles.

tom on October 8, 2012 at 6:35 PM

This was my childhood too.

GW_SS-Delta on October 8, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Get off my lawn.
whatcat on October 8, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Heh.
Tim_CA on October 8, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Funny thing is that I can tear off some smokin’ licks that would make your ears bleed. I just don’t wanna hear it when I’m indulging in a past-time.

whatcat on October 8, 2012 at 7:16 PM

GO BUCKS!!

svs22422 on October 8, 2012 at 7:48 PM

More like my kid’s childhood, but I recognized them from endless “Mom, come see this!”

Jvette on October 8, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Totally awesome.

Made my day.

BKennedy on October 8, 2012 at 8:10 PM

ΚΚΨ

turfmann on October 8, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Bye Week Mary Kate, take a week off and meet us in Kentucky…

the Coondawg on October 8, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Encouraging to watch a football stadium go wild for a big-band musical performance or discouraging that video game scores are the orchestral touchstone of a generation?

What’s wrong with video game scores? They’re music just as much as music is for movies or television shows. Why do so many people still think video games are just a kid’s fad? They moved into the realms of adult entertainment 20 years ago, and have only earned more reason to be respected as a medium ever since(not to mention they bring in more dollars to their companies than most movie, music, and television companies ever see).

MadisonConservative on October 8, 2012 at 9:13 PM

I was impressed and baffled at the same time. (I’m not that much into video games, although I did recognize some parts like Tetris and Pac-Man.) Can someone post an explanation of what games were being represented when, and with what images?

J.S.K. on October 8, 2012 at 10:23 PM

What? No World of Warcraft? Pffft. I am totally not impressed. Oh wait, that wasn’t my childhood. I am supposed to be a grown up now, or something.

:D

Answer to Allahpundit’s exit question: video games are art. Think about how many hours talented, creative individuals spend making them. And apparently, I am a nerd.

bitsy on October 8, 2012 at 10:48 PM

I was impressed and baffled at the same time. (I’m not that much into video games, although I did recognize some parts like Tetris and Pac-Man.) Can someone post an explanation of what games were being represented when, and with what images?

J.S.K. on October 8, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Tetris
Super Mario brothers: The guys in overalls run around and bump the boxes with “?” on them and get a 1up or star. The star made you invincible and had a special theme.
Halo: 1st person shoot’em up game. showed the main character’s helmet (?) and game logo
Zelda: Triforce (triangle design) and Link’s horse
Back to super Mario brothers: the castle, when you beat a level, Mario lowers bowser’s flag and raises his own and fireworks go off, the band lowered Michigan’s flag and raised their own.
PAC Man

Okay, I am definitely a nerd.

bitsy on October 8, 2012 at 10:58 PM

Okay, I am definitely a nerd.
bitsy on October 8, 2012 at 10:58 PM

I sped it up to the cool horse formation. Did they do “Frogger”? I think that’s what it was called.

whatcat on October 8, 2012 at 11:48 PM

As a nerd and ex-high school band member, I’m in awe. TBDBITL indeed!

nerdbert on October 9, 2012 at 1:13 AM

Awesome. The only thing that would have made it infinitely more awesome would have been Frog’s Theme from ChronoTrigger.

James on October 9, 2012 at 8:39 AM