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Please Watch The Southern University Marching Band Body Drake’s “Controlla”

John Philip Sousa-type beat.

September 12, 2016

I was a band geek in high school and feel mostly indifferent about the experience because, well, Canada. So every time a video of an American marching band comes across my timeline I get wistful for what could've been had we put a little pageantry and irreverence into the experience. Perhaps I would've felt better about lugging a tenor sax to and from school if our band was busy re-arranging the cool tunes of my childhood like Petey Pablo's "Raise Up" or Ja Rule and Ashanti's "What's Luv?" instead of just performing "Danny Boy" on loop.


So now, I live vicariously through Baton Rouge's Southern University and A&M College band, The Human Jukebox, which recently covered a new Canadian classic: Drake's "Controlla." It lacks a little of the original's hip-friendly slackness, but that's more than made up for in the bombastic union of all those horns. You know things are about to get wild when homie in the coattails stands up and starts to bop. Watch the whole thing below, including a routine by the SU Dancing Dolls.

Please Watch The Southern University Marching Band Body Drake’s “Controlla”