The Ohio State Marching Band paid tribute to late Rush drummer Neil Peart by adding a little more percussion to the mix for the halftime show at Ohio State University’s Ohio Stadium in Columbus on Saturday.
Peart was a member of the progressive rock band for more than 40 years before he died from cancer last year. To help recreate Peart’s sonic impact, the percussion section was expanded by 20 toms and 20 extra cymbals mounted on four racks. They were at the front of the formation and played by the band’s five percussion alternates.
In a 14-minute medley of classic tracks, the band blistered through some of Rush’s greatest hits, including “Red Barchetta,” “Fly by Night” and “Tom Sawyer.”
Formations replicated Peart and Rush guitar player Alex Lifeson and spelled out “2112” and “YYZ,” titles to Rush songs.
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