School Band Arrangements: 10 Unusual Choices


As a hard-core band-geek -- Marching Band, Orchestra, Jazz Band, Pit Band -- pretty much whatever band they had going at high school, I know what unusual musical arrangements sound like. I even made a few of my own back in the day. These, however, take unusual to another level entirely. Some were chosen based on the juxtapostion of songs in a medley, others just by the choice of song. I've also included some that weren't necessarily the worst choices, but were played so poorly, they had to be published in a larger venue for more people to hear.

1. Dark Side of the"¦ Rainbow?

Original song: Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Performed by: Judy Garland
Release date: September 1939

Original song: Time, Breathe, On the Run, Money
Performed by: Pink Floyd
Release date: March 10, 1973

Marching Band: University of Central Oklahoma
Hometown: Edmond, Oklahoma

2. Hey ya...Devil?

Original song: Hey Ya!
Performed by: OutKast
Release Date: September 9, 2003

Original song: The Devil Went Down to Georgia
Performed by: Charlie Daniels Band
Release Date: June 23, 1979

Marching Band: Garnet Valley High School
Hometown: Glen Mills, Pennsylvania

3. Numa Numa!

Original song: Live Your Life
Performed by: T.I. featuring Rihanna
Release date: September 23, 2008

Marching Band: Michigan State University
Guest Conductor: THE NUMA NUMA GUY!!
Hometown: East Lansing, Michigan

4. Sexy Wha?

Original song: SexyBack
Performed by: Justin Timberlake
Release date: July 7, 2006

Marching Band: Cheltenham High School
Hometown: Wyncote, Pennsylvania

5. Just Dance

Original Song: Just Dance
Performed by: Lady Gaga
Release Date: April 8, 2007

Marching Band: Southern University
Hometown: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

6. American Boy

Original song: American Boy
Performed by: Estelle featuring Kanye West
Release Date: March 24, 2008

Marching Band: Proviso East High School
Hometown: Maywood, Illinois

7. Livin' on a Prayer

Original song: Livin' on a Prayer
Performed by: Bon Jovi
Release date: 1986

Marching Band: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Hometown: Lafayette, Louisiana

8. Hollaback Girl

Original song: Hollaback Girl
Performed by: Gwen Stefani
Release Date: March 15, 2005

Marching Band: Campbell County High School
Hometown: Gillette, Wyoming

9. Bohemian Rhapsody

Original song: Bohemian Rhapsody
Performed by: Queen
Release date: October 31, 1975

Marching Band: University of Michigan
Hometown: Ann Arbor, Michigan

The set-up to this one is priceless. "Are you ready to rock?! Hello Cleveland!"

10. What Song is This?

Original song: What Child is This
Written by: William Chatterton Dix
Release date: 1865

Marching Band: St. Martin's High School

You MUST make it about 1-minute into this one, at least, when the percussion enters... epic fail... Oh, and did anyone ever tell them that FEAR the BEAR doesn't exactly rhyme? Oy.