College marching bands have a lot of time to fill during football games — especially when those games are nationally televised. If you watch enough matches this season, you’re bound to hear some of the musicians’ favorite tunes. That could include video game theme songs, pop music or whatever’s popular at the moment.
Game of Thrones was an unexpected hit last year, thanks in no small part to the fact that no network seemed to be able to fill the epic fantasy niche like HBO. The intro is appropriately stirring and grand, so it really lends itself well to an intense sporting event. That’s one reason why New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey chose to make it one of his introduction songs, and it’s also why the Florida State University marching band has inserted it into its repertoire.
Check out this amazing video (hat tip – Vulture) of yesterday’s faceoff between the Florida State Seminoles and the Clemson Tigers. Make sure to listen for the crowd’s reaction. Once they realize what song it is, they go appropriately nuts. I don’t think the TV analysts are Game of Thrones fans, though — they don’t seem to understand what the big deal is.