December 3, 2011
WVU Armed Forces tribute goes viral on YouTube

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Who knew the West Virginia University Marching Band could fly?

That's just what The Pride of West Virginia did as part of a tribute to the Armed Forces during the halftime show of the WVU vs. Norfolk State game Sept. 10 as homage to the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

They flew. They floated. They sank. They rolled. And they soared.

The "2011 WVU Marching Band Armed Forces Salute" video on Youtube, an Internet video sharing website, had more than 1 million views by Friday afternoon, many of them from people outside West Virginia.

"It was lots of fun to put it together. The kids really enjoy it. We're all really proud of the Armed Forces folks and it's an honor to do it for them," said WVU Marching Band Director Dearl "Jay" Drury.

The nearly 370 members of the Pride honored the Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Air Force and Navy one-by-one, turning the well-oiled marching band into symbols that represented each military branch.

The gears of the Army tank moved in circular unison while a Coast Guard tugboat manned the open seas. The Marine eagle stood stoic against the backdrop of Mountaineer Field. Fire extinguishers helped the Air Force jet fly across the field, and a submarine was submerged by an ocean of band members.

Drury said the video got a second life right before Veterans Day when the video was posted to numerous Armed Forces message boards.

"We've had so many great comments coming in from all over the country, all over the world for that matter," he said. "The servicemen and women are sharing it, which is great since it's for them."

One Big 12 marching band member said on Youtube the video was "Incredible! A very tasteful, clever, well thought out and performed show! Can't wait to have you guys in the Big 12 next year."

Another poster said the video turned them into a Mountaineer. 

"Awesome. The most amazing band halftime show I have ever seen or head, and on Utube [sic] no doubt. I am now a WVU fan," said user wanaka851.

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