UCLA Bruin Marching Band Opens for the Rolling Stones

On Friday May 3, the UCLA Bruin Marching Band opened for The Rolling Stones’ highly
anticipated “50 & Counting” Tour at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Fifty-four members
of the UCLA Bruin Marching Band surprised the audience of 19,000 by marching into the
arena playing “Satisfaction” arranged by Director of the Bruin Marching Band Gordon
Henderson with percussion parts arranged by Assistant Director Kelly Flickinger.

Freshman trumpet player Josh Briggs recalled that "the crowd was going crazy as we were
playing and dancing in the aisles. The energy in the room was electric! One woman literally tried
to grab me at one point - it was awesome."

Wardrobe Stylist Soyon An gave the Band a "deconstructed" look that was appropriate for the
occasion by replacing the Band's uniform pants with black jeans and pinning the coats open to
show off a black and gold Rolling Stones T-shirt.

This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity was granted and executed by Kenny Ortega, Director of
Choreography for the Rolling Stones Tour. The Bruin Marching Band rehearsed at the Staples
Center the night before the concert with Mr. Ortega and his assistant, Choreographer Chucky
Klapow. The final performance was described as “an unforgettable experience” by sophomore
trombone player Keenan Burt.

This amazing opportunity not only came as a great surprise and experience for the audience but
also for members of the Bruin Marching Band. Freshman trombone player, Jordan Scharf said
that, “It was exhilarating to celebrate 50 years of Rock and Roll history with one of the greatest
bands of all time.” Overall, this experience served as one of the most unforgettable moments for
the UCLA Bruin Marching Band.

The Band's appearance was well received in numerous reviews of the concert, including:


The Rolling Stones kicked off their "50 and Counting" tour with a marching band, guest
appearances from Gwen Stefani and Keith Urban, and a double dose of "Satisfaction."
When the lights dimmed Friday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, UCLA's marching
band paraded through the aisles, their horn section blasting the Stones' 1965 hit, "(I Can't Get
No) Satisfaction" -- to the delight of concertgoers Jack Nicholson, Eddie Murphy, Johnny Depp
and Nicole Kidman.

Rolling Stone

Kicking off their 50 & Counting tour last night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the Stones
had plenty of twists, however – starting with the UCLA marching band, which began the show
by working their way through the crowd while playing a remarkably funky version of "Satisfaction."