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August 30, 2016


Laker Marching Band announces 2016 halftime shows

The largest roster of students to ever compose the Laker Marching Band will take the field at Lubbers Stadium during home football games this season to fire up the crowds.

The halftime series kicks off Thursday, September 1, with "Karaoke Time at GVSU." Auditions were held and students will be featured guest singers.

Every year the Laker Marching Band Council selects the themes and songs of the shows. The council is a student organization composed of current students who are, or have been members of the band.

“Selecting the songs and themes each year is a difficult process, and one that is re-tooled each year,” said John Martin, director of athletic bands. "We try to have variety and shows that entertain the whole audience."

Below is the full Laker Marching Band performance lineup for 2016:

• September 1, "Karaoke Time at GVSU": "Love Drunk" by Boys Like Girls; "Livin' On A Prayer" by Bon Jovi;  "Happy" by Pharrell Williams;  "YMCA" by The Village People; and "Just Dance" by Lady Gaga.

• September 10, "British Invasion Show": "I Can See for Miles," by The Who; "Eleanor Rigby" by The Beatles; "Kashmir" by Led Zeppelin; and "Pinball Wizard" by The Who.

• September 17, "Jungle Show": "Welcome to the Jungle" by Guns N' Roses; "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" by The Tokens; "Jungle Boogie" by Kool & The Gang; "George of the Jungle" theme song; and "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" by Elton John.

• October 8, "Bluegrass at the Valley" featuring Mark Lavengood Bluegrass Bonanza: "On Top of Old Smokey" by The Weavers; "On the Road Again" by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson; "Brenda Lee" by Mark Lavengood; "Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms" by Foggy Mountain Boys; and "Blue Moon of Kentucky" by Elvis Presley.

• October 15, "Blue Brothers": "Think" by Aretha Franklin; "Flip Flop and Fly" and "Soul Man" and "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" by The Blues Brothers; and "Hold On I'm Comin'" by Sam & Dave.

• October 29, "Band Day Show" featuring more than 250 local high school musicians (all in Halloween costumes) participating in Band Day: "Dies Irae" by Bathory; "Time Warp" from "The Rocky Horror Picture Show"; and "Thriller" by Michael Jackson.