Speed Up the Band: School Bands in the Age of the Hurry-Up Offense

A new post at prestigious sports-blog Grantland talks about what it’s like at schools around the country to play pep tunes when the offense may get to the line of scrimmage in just a few seconds:

Speed Up the Band: School Bands in the Age of the Hurry-Up Offense – The Triangle Blog – Grantland.

The author is not necessarily a band fan, and admit as a sportswriter he was “trained” to ignore bands, but noticed something during bedlam:

[The Pride] only had a few seconds between snaps. Yet within each of those quickly disappearing windows they managed to blast out a combination of notes that were not only instantly recognizable, but cut off at some logical end point. It was as if a talented magician was doing the same act that had made him famous, only now he was wearing a straitjacket.

(Try to forgive him for cutting about 100 members out of the band.) It’s interesting to see how other schools cope with the same thing, and to realize that of those interviewed, only at OU does most of the responsibility fall on the Drum Major, not on the band director. Ahead of the curve yet again! Game management is a lot more complicated than in my time, and not only does it fall to student drum majors at OU—they continue to do such an outstanding job that national sportswriters are noticing. Congrats to all!