It’s March, and that means it’s time to celebrate a lot of things: St. Patrick’s Day, the beginning of spring and, of course, college basketball. To many, March Madness is all about brackets, upsets, Cinderellas and split-screen basketball excitement. Part and parcel to the whole experience is the participating teams’ pep bands. These guys are more than just scenery to show as CBS cuts to/comes back from commercials, they’re a driving and sometimes defining force behind a team’s fans.
I mention the pep bands today because I’ve always thought Jimi Hendrix’s “Wait Until Tomorrow” would be an awesome song for a marching band or pep band to play. OK, if you look at the lyrics, it may not be the most inspiring song – maybe it’s something you play in the waning minutes of a certain defeat – but since the first time I heard it, I’ve thought it would be easy and fun to arrange for a band. Maybe it’s the drumming that makes the connection for me, maybe it’s the backup singers that sound vaguely like a horn section. It just sounds like it would work.