Rush Left ‘Speechless’ by Ohio State Marching Band’s Incredible Halftime Tribute Medley (Watch)

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If you find yourself at an Ohio State Buckeyes college football game anytime soon, don’t use halftime as a chance to get up and stretch your legs — you might miss an incredible performance from the Ohio State Marching Band like the one the ensemble delivered this past weekend in tribute to Rush.

Designed in part to honor the late, great Neil Peart, who passed away in early 2020 after a private fight with cancer, the marching band’s salute is, simply, stunning, spanning nearly 15 minutes in length and touching on a number of iconic songs from the Canadian prog heroes, including “YYZ,” “2112,” “Tom Sawyer” and “Limelight,” the band members snaking around elaborately choreographed paths that spell out the band’s name, logo and more.

It’s really something:

As Ohio State’s website mentioned, a proper tribute to Peart would not have been possible were it not for additional drums and percussive elements incorporated into this salute:

To help recreate Peart’s sonic impact, the percussion section was expanded by 20 toms and 20 extra cymbals mounted on four racks. They were at the front of the formation and played by the band’s five percussion alternates for this week.

As video of the performance made the rounds, the official Rush social media channels saw fit to commend the effort:

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