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RUSH Members Left ‘Speechless’ After Ohio State Marching Band Tribute

The band presented some of Rush's greatest hits in their dedicated and awe-inspiring performance.

The Saturday (October 9) half-time show at Ohio Stadium featured an incredible tribute to RUSH and late drummer Neil Peart by the Ohio State Marching Band as part of Ohio State University’s homecoming game against the University Of Maryland.

According to Ohio State News, the percussion section was expanded by 20 toms and 20 extra cymbals mounted on four racks for the performance.

The band presented some of RUSH’s greatest hits in their dedicated and awe-inspiring performance, including classics like “Fly By Night” and “Tom Sawyer”. Formations replicated Peart and RUSH guitar player Alex Lifeson, and spelled out “2112” and “YYZ”, titles of RUSH songs.

After the Ohio State Marching Band tweeted out a short clip of the tribute, RUSH’s official Twitter account replied “We’re speechless” and added three “clapping hands” emojis.

The Ohio State University Marching Band earned its name as The Best Damn Band In The Land by developing many famous marching band innovations, including floating and animated formations, script writing, and the fast cadence with a high knee lift. The band’s Script Ohio is considered by many to be the most memorable tradition in college band history.

Carrying on the tradition of excellence that dates back to the late 1800s, the 228-piece “Pride Of The Buckeyes” is one of the few college all-brass-and-percussion bands in the U.S. and is acknowledged as the largest of its type in the world. An ensemble that includes student members from all over the country, the Ohio State University Marching Band strives to continue a legacy of hard work, determination and Buckeye pride while performing at Ohio State football games and other events during the fall semester.

Drummer Neil Peart died back in January of 2020 in Santa Monica, California after a three-year battle with brain cancer. He was 67 years old.