Laker Marching Band announces 2016 halftime shows

This year the largest roster of students to ever make up the Laker Marching Band will take the field at Lubbers Stadium during home football games to fire up the crowds.

The halftime series kicks off September 1 with "Karaoke Time at GVSU." Any students who are registered for classes at Grand Valley during the fall semester are invited to audition to be guest singers during this performance. Auditions will take place Friday, August 26, from 3:30-6 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. .

Each 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 presently are, or have previously 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 Pharell Williams
  • "YMCA" by The Village People
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Blue Moon of Kentucky" by Elvis Presley

October 15 - "Blue Brothers"

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

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"
  • "Thriller" by Michael Jackson