Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Strike up the band ... intro videos (Part 2)
By Patrick Dorsey
Last week we highlighted some great college football marching band intro videos for the year 2012, focusing on those of LSU, Utah, Arizona State and Florida.
But lest we think the SEC and Pac-12 are the only conferences that call their bands into action, we've got three more clips that celebrate these often-unsung members of the college football landscape.
We also caught up via email with some of the videos' key players for a little background on these special short films:
"I've created the Auburn Band intro video each year starting in the Fall of 2006. As far as I am aware, Auburn was actually one of the first universities to show an intro video of this type for their marching band.
At the time, I was actually a student in the band and as a member of the band, I knew firsthand the pride and energy that each and every band member feels when they step out onto the field -- and it's that specific knowledge that I used to fuel the overall feeling of the intro videos I edited for them. I was trying to capture for everyone else the sheer awesomeness, for a lack of a better word, that it felt to be a member of the Auburn University Marching Band. That's why many of my shots focus not on the "big picture" of the band, but rather the close-up moments that the crowd in the stadium don't get to witness each week."
--Alan Brazzell, video editor/motion graphics artist (a 2007 graduate, he also works with the athletic department on projects)
"I composed the music, which is based on our fight song 'Tiger Rag,' and Tina White who works in the university's video production department did the video. The video portion changes each year. We've been doing the video entrance since the fall of 2007. That was the year the new WestZone opened in memorial stadium, and I wanted to create an energetic, modern entrance for the band using the tunnels and the video. Our maneuvers are executed to the audio portion. Here's a link to what the band is doing while the video plays."
--Dr. Mark Spede, Clemson Director of Bands
"When I took over as video board producer at Milan Puskar Stadium in 2005, one of the first things I noticed was a one-minute lull in the time frame from when the team exited the field after warm ups and before the drum line entered. So, I came up with the idea to create a band entrance video to fill that void.
I spoke with band director Jay Drury, and he was more than accommodating in helping the production. And still is each year. Because we traditionally shoot the football entrance video using player video head shots, we decided to do that with the band as well. There are more than 300 bands members. You can't exactly show them in 60 seconds. So rather than show the entire band, Jay and I thought it best to just show the faces of the seniors, and the video was born.
The band is dubbed "The Pride of West Virginia" for a reason. They have won the Sudler trophy, and are a vital part of every game day in Morgantown. It is an honor for me to be able to create something each year that is a part of that tradition."