This is super cute and heartwarming, and we can only imagine all the rehearsals and preparation work involved.
The University of Michigan’s marching band performs a regular halftime show during football games. On Saturday, they took to the pitch of the Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor to do a homecoming halftime show with a difference.
This one was also celebrating 50 years since the launch of the university’s Spectrum Center: a support space for LGBTQ staff and students.
John Pasquale, a professor of conducting and the director of the university’s marching band, told The Advocate, “I was proud to do it. We just, as a community, came together and there it is.
“We are unequivocally supportive of our students and [we] just wanted to make as public of a statement in that regard as possible, and we put the show in the biggest performance venue in the world that day,” Pasquale said. “So, I think it was a pretty strong statement.”
He added that the routine took 7-8 months of planning.
In a statement on its website, the Michigan Marching Band said, “The Spectrum Center works toward enhancing the campus climate and support services for LGBTQ+ students, staff, and faculty at the University through education, advocacy, and community building. It is the nation’s first LGBTQ+ support center to be formed on a college campus.
“We’re celebrating and amplifying this incredible resource that’s available to everyone in Ann Arbor. The MMB greatly appreciates the work that the Spectrum Center does for our LGBTQ+ students, staff, and supporters!”
— Michigan Marching & Athletic Bands (@umichband) September 25, 2021
The tracks performed by the bands were as follows:
- I’m Coming Out – Diana Ross
- Born This Way – Lady Gaga
- I’m Every Woman – Whitney Houston
- Vogue – Madonna
- Heart to Break – Kim Petras
- Thank You For Being a Friend (Golden Girls theme) – Andrew Gold
- We Are Family – Sister Sledge
- True Colors – Cyndi Lauper