Two years ago Jimmy Clausen and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team traveled to sunny Southern California to over Thanksgiving weekend to battle Mark Sanchez and the USC Trojans. The end result? A miserable performance from the entire Irish squad, which did not manage a first down until the end of the third quarter.
As painfully unforgettable as that performance was there was an equally memorable performance by another Irish squad: the University of Notre Dame Marching Band.
For the first time in 35 years Notre Dame brought its band along for the holiday weekend in Los Angeles. Determined not to completely disappoint the domers in attendance the band put on one of the more talked about shows in school history.
While not a 'show band' by any means the Notre Dame band is known to entertain students, alumni, and visitors with halftime performances featuring dancing by band members.
On the fateful night of November 27, 2008 the Irish performed "Here It Goes Again" by OK Go. This song sparked the group's rise to fame as its music video featured band members synchronously dancing on treadmills.
It rose the group to such popularity that the Notre Dame band choreographed a halftime show to it in 2007. Crowd reaction was so overwhelmingly positive that Director of Bands Dr. Kenneth Dye decided to save it for later use.
You can see the actual performance of the song below starting at the 2:30 mark but will have to bear with the awful commentary.
Members of the band OK Go were in attendance and were so impressed by the performance that they sought out the Irish for an opportunity to film a music video.
Shooting for the video was held over Notre Dame's fall break this past October. The Observer, a student-run newspaper at Notre Dame, has an excellent write-up with interviews from band members and Assistant Band Director Emmett O'Leary.
On a week typically reserved for recovery from midterms several Irish Marching Band members stuck around for this once in a lifetime opportunity.
"This Too Shall Pass" is the debut single from OK Go's new record, "Of the Blue Colour of the Sky" and could be the next craze on YouTube.
Kudos to members of OK Go and the University of Notre Dame Bands for making this happen.