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Michael Smith, the Assistant Director of Marching and Athletic Bands at Ohio State University, caused quite a stir around the country when his band performed a tribute to all of the greatest shows on television.

He met up with Tom and J. Anthony Brown in Columbus, Ohio to talk about that infamous performance and who he ranks as the top three HBCU bands in the land.

On OSU’s performance: 

“I come on as a fan. We’re just trying to bring some pretty music to the people.”

On OSU’s band:

“225 marching members of which a 192 are on the field. The rest of them are alternates.”

On if he thinks HBCU bands are too big:

“Maybe there is such a thing as being too big…”

Click the link above to hear the entire interview!

(Photo: OSU)

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