MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The University of Minnesota marching band performed in the Super Bowl Halftime Show with pop superstar Justin Timberlake.
The band took to the field in the middle of the Sunday night performance, as Timberlake transitioned into the song “Suit and Tie” and sang on a luminous white platform.READ MORE: Vaccine Doubts Fuel Dr. Scott Jensen's Rise In Minnesota Governor Race
Following the show, Michael Kim, the director of the university’s School of Music, praised the musicians.READ MORE: 'Perfect Timing To Go': MEA Marking One Of The Busiest Travel Weekends Of The Fall
“I couldn’t be more thrilled and proud of our Band,” he said.
— UMN Marching Band (@UMNmarch) February 5, 2018
According to Owen Luterbach, a tuba player in the band, the push to be a part of the Super Bowl was months in the making.MORE NEWS: A Ride-Along With Minneapolis Police Shows How Staffing Shortages Have Officers Stretched Thin
It started with a social media campaign, which gathered support across the nation, and ended with a decision from Pepsi halftime show organizers and Timberlake.
We’re so #UMNproud of our Marching Band on a great #SBLII halftime show with @jtimberlake! Next year, the band is aiming to travel nationwide. Bonus, donations to their travel fund will be matched up to $100K. #UMNmarchwithJT https://t.co/NAJmQVZm4q pic.twitter.com/lrey91JBn6
— UM School of Music (@UMN_Music) February 5, 2018