A different tune for college marching bands in a pandemic
October 2, 2020
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — As the Oklahoma marching band's rendition of "Sweet Victory" filled Memorial Stadium, everything was in place on the field.
More than 300 Pride of Oklahoma members formed a perfect pattern from one goal line to the other during an elaborate performance for the game against Kansas State. The sharp tweet of a whistle kicked off songs from familiar TV shows. Crimson and cream flags waved in unison under the stadium's bright lights.
One critical element was absent — a crowd, unless you count a few carboard cutouts. Instead of entertaining tens of thousands of Sooners fa...