College Bands and Video Game Music

In the past few years I have noticed that a lot of college bands have taken up video game music during half time and time outs and other breaks in the action. I had to do a double take the first time I heard The Legend of Zelda's Overworld Theme being playing by the University of Maryland band during a Terps Basketball game. It seems that the generation of kids who are now in college all grew up with video games in their lives. And now they are nostalgically celebrating those wonderful tunes.

Here's a must see video of the University of California Golden Bears band not only playing a medley of video game songs, but acting them out in formation. Thanks to Heromaster118 for posting it in the forum.

Do you have any examples of college bands playing video game music?

Say Hello To Our New Friend, SquareSound

If you have a keen eye you may have noticed a new link under the Friends list. This is SquareSound, a great site that provides MP3s, MIDIs, sheet music and arrangements, composer and soundtrack information and much more in the video game music realm. They even have a store where you can buy soundtracks and sheet music. Check them out when you have the chance. They are just as enthusiastic about video game music as we are here.

Is Video Game Music Headed in the Wrong Direction?

It is no great secret that videogames have come a long way in the past few years. No longer are they five minute diversions, but now are vast epics spanning across many hours. Videogame music has changed as well. The simple bleeps, bloops and zings of early videogames have been replaced with huge sweeping orchestral scores. And yet for all that change I can't help but fear that videogame music might be headed in the wrong direction.

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