TSU marching band rocks stage with Keith Urban

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Forty-one members of Tennessee State University’s marching band played alongside country music star Keith Urban at Bridgestone Arena Friday night. 

The band performed part of Urban’s song “Wasted Time.” 

The invitation was a surprise to students and to TSU’s Director of Bands. 

“I thought it was just like a luncheon or something, but we got there and I’m like, ‘Oh, we’re in the arena. We’re at the concert, concert,’” said drum major Hassan Moody. 

“I saw this email and was kind of just blown away,” said Director of Bands, Reginald McDonald. 

McDonald was contacted about performing Wednesday night, leaving the band with less than two days to get ready. 

“Everybody became extremely focused and went the extra mile to make it happen,” McDonald said. 

It’s not the first time the band named “The Aristocrat of Bands” played on such a big stage. 

They performed on the White House lawn for former President Barack Obama in 2016. 

“We got notification from the White House that the president wanted our full band at that time to come to Washington D.C.,” McDonald said.   

They also played at the NFL’s Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremony in 2014. 

But some band members say Friday’s performance was their best one yet. 

“We were actually with a celebrity, a megastar Keith Urban,” said band member Chalyce Harris. “It was just the best experience I ever had in my life.” 

“I’ve never seen that many people cheer when I move or dance before,” Moody said. 

Friday night’s show was part of Urban’s “GraffitiU” tour. The show was sold out. 

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