Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Let's Watch the UA Marching Band Blast Beatles Tunes

Posted By on Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 5:00 PM

As we here the Weekly wind down our Wednesday and get ready for tonight's Tucson Weekly App launch party at Sky Bar (You're coming to that, right? There will be drink specials and shot glasses! You can meet your favorite Weekly staffers and also me!), we think it's time to relax to the soothing sounds of a marching band covering the Beatles.

The Pride of Arizona (which, for many years, was the only reason to stay through halftime for most UA football games) held their annual UA Band Day event on October 26, welcoming high school marching bands from around the state to come to Arizona Stadium and perform their shows in a competition setting. While many of those marching bands had killer shows (special shoutout to the Rincon-University High School Marching Band, which shared top honors this year with Tempe's Corona Del Sol Marching Band), the main event is the full show from the Pride, and this year's show didn't disappoint.

"The Beatles Strike Back," a sequel to an earlier Beatles show back in 1995, does a great job of faithfully interpreting the music of the Fab Four. The video runs fairly long at 14 minutes, so if you're strapped for time, the show starts properly at 2:20; my personal favorite part, half of the Abbey Road Medley through to "The End," begins at 9:05.

And no, they didn't include "Her Majesty," which I would've lost my mind over in joy.

Great job, Pride.

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