Last year, the Ohio State University Marching Band gained internet traction after a video of them paying tribute to Rush went viral.
Now another group from the same university is on board. The Ohio State University Athletic Band — which, unlike the Marching Band, does not require its members to audition — took to the field at halftime during the annual spring game between the Ohio State Scarlet team (offensive) and the Ohio State Gray team (defense), to pay tribute to Van Halen.
After an introduction read by the game’s announcer, the band played a seven-minute segment featuring run with the devil, Dreams, Panama and To jump. The choreographed performance also saw the band move in unison to spell out the name “Van Halen”, the words “Dreams”, “Jump” and “1984”, the iconic Van Halen logo, a stick figure playing the guitar and what appears to be David Lee Roth’s 1951 Mercury Eight, originally seen in the video for Panama.
The Modern Athletic Band was started in 1996 under the direction of Dr. Jon R. Woods and performs the full pregame and halftime routines at the annual spring game.
In football – played in front of a crowd of 60,007 fans – Team Scarlet prevailed with a 34-26 victory, with running back Pryor rushing for 62 yards and a touchdown on nine carries. He also caught four passes for 44 yards.
Before kickoff, former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskin, who played college ball at Ohio State, was honored. Haskin was killed last weekend after being hit by a truck near Fort Lauderdale, Florida.