By Rickey Miller
What’s better than the Tiger Band marching on the field on a Saturday Night? How about the Tiger Band marching on the field to collaborate with one of the biggest musical groups in the world. That’s right – One Republic will be collaborating with LSU’s very own Tiger Marching Band for halftime at the LSU vs. Florida game on October 17, 2015.
DIG caught up with Roy King, Director of Athletic Bands and Director of the Golden Band from Tigerland to talk about the excitement of performing with such a stellar musical act. “We are very excited to collaborate with guest artist One Republic for this special halftime presentation in Tiger Stadium. …We’ve been looking forward to this for quite some time and our students are very excited. And for many of them, it will be the first time they’ve performed with an artist of this stature,” King says.
Formed in 2002, One Republic has been nominated for over 34 different awards including: American Music Awards, Grammy Awards, Billboard Awards, and many more. This pop-rock group has tons of radio hits like their 2007 track with Timberland, “Apologize,” “All the Right Moves” (2009), and “Counting Stars” (2013).
King, who is now in his 20 year at LSU and was recently named Band Director of the Year by Phi Beta Mu Fraternity, explains that this collaboration with One Republic begin in the athletic department and has been in the works for a couple of years. “We are happy that it is finally happening,” he explains.
Performing with One Republic just adds to the amazing recent years that the LSU Tiger Band has experienced. Within the last five years, the Tiger Band has performed internationally in Hong Kong and twice in Ireland. And to add to the accolades – the Tiger Band was named one of the Huffington Post’s Top 10 Marching Bands. The LSU Tiger Band is one of the largest organizations on campus with a closed membership of 325 students [information provided by bands.lsu.edu]. The band has been one of the most exciting forms of entertainment on campus since 1893.
Since it’s initial announcement, the collaboration with One Republic and LSU Tiger Band has generated tons of social media noise. “One Republic is one of my favorite bands, so when I heard I was like – are you freaking kidding me?” says LSU junior Katie Davis. Davis adds that the Florida game is one of the most anticipated games of the year, and now with this talented duo of the Tiger Band and One Republic, she has become even more excited for the big day.
When asked about the types of things we can expect from the performance with One Republic, King states, “It’s going to be something that Tiger Stadium has not necessarily seen during the halftime of a football game. Not only will the guest artist be on the field with the Tiger Band and performing together – but there will also be staging and amplification. It will be a first rate performance!”
King says that the One Republic collaboration isn’t the only thing the Tiger Band has in store for fans this year. “I think we have one more big surprise up our sleeves for the remainder of the season.”
On September 2, LSU’s Athletic Department announced that another famous act will perform with the band at halftime on Nov. 14. Grammy-nominated singer Aloe Blacc will be performing with the band as the Tigers take on Arkansas. Blacc is known for his singles The Man and I Need a Dollar. This is the second of Super Bowl-style home game halftime shows at Tiger stadium announced so far this season. If any more shows are planned, you’ll find out right here in Dig Magazine.