Today is a day for college football bowl games, and that means half time shows. What does this have to do with Star Trek? Well one of the signs of the impressive return of Star Trek to the mainstream in 2009, was the music of Star Trek being played by marching bands at college and high school football games. Below we have some of the examples from this season.
Marching To Trek Music
These are some of the numerous high school and college marching band youtube videos available from 2009. Everything from Alexander Courage’s classic theme to the new music by Michael Giacchino is represented, with bands sometimes forming appropriate Star Trek shapes as they march. These marching bands are literally trekking to the music of Trek. Enjoy this collection of yet another example of how Star Trek has returned to the mainstream.
Missouri State performs the main theme from Star Trek 2009 and Nero’s theme
West Virginia performs the Next Generation theme at their opening game on September 5, 2009, and the band forms the words "To Boldly Go" and the "Delta Shield"
Red Mountain Marching Band performs selections from the 2009 Star Trek Soundtrack, interestingly including the sadness that is "Labor of Love"
Ocean Springs High School Marching Band performs selections from Star Trek: Generations by Dennis McCarthy (which is arguably the most played Star Trek theme by marching bands) and other Trek music. JJ Abrams would be happy with the flare lights.
Riverside King High School marching band played interesting selections: the themes to Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Star Trek III: The Search for Spock by James Horner and music from Star Trek: The Motion Picture by Jerry Goldsmith at a tournament this November
BONUS VIDEO – Patrick Stewart & Marching Bands
In 2006 to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Star Trek, Patrick Stewart was a guest of honor at a University of Michigan football game. The band performed the Next Generation theme by Jerry Goldsmith Stewart tells the crow to "make it so" and to boldly go beat the Buckeyes.