The USC Trojan Marching Band shares the Super Bowl spotlight on 'Glee'
The USC Trojan Marching Band will make its second appearance on "Glee" on the Fox show's much-hyped post-Super Bowl episode, airing Sunday about 7 p.m. The band will be dressed as zombies for a "Glee"-ful take on Michael Jackson's "Thriller" mashed up with Yeah Yeah Yeah's "Heads Will Roll."
On "Glee's" Madonna episode last year, band members joined in a performance of "4 Minutes" (watch the video above). Both times the show's co-producer Zach Woodlee worked with band members on marching maneuvers and dance moves.
Filming for the "Thriller" episode took place during USC's winter break and the 30 band members were on the "Glee" set for nearly 17 hours for less than three minutes of screen time.
“Being on the set of Glee was so much fun. The cast members were joking around constantly and interacting with us, but when we started recording, everyone performed with intensity," senior bass drummer Kelsey Anderson said in a press release. "Zach Woodlee was amazing. During rehearsal he learned each of our names and was able to keep the long hours entertaining for us.”
The band, also known as the Spirit of Troy, has a longtime track record in pop culture that includes a performance on Fleetwood Mac's "Tusk" in 1979, plus appearances in movies, the Grammy Awards and at the Hollywood Bowl.
And "Glee" is not all this weekend for the band: On Saturday, the band will be part of ”A Concert for America – A Tribute to Ronald Reagan” at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in commemoration of the president's 100 birthday. The sold-out concert, with the Beach Boys and Lee Greenwood, will be streamed live at ReaganFoundation.org from 7 to 9 p.m. Pacific time.
-- Sherry Stern