BU Athletics Bands Honor University’s Essential Workers in Song
Music video features Dance and Cheer teams, too
Last fall, when there was still a possibility that BU Athletics Bands would be able to perform at sports events, members gathered outdoors, in small groups, to practice. They decided to put the time to good use by producing a music video thanking the University’s hundreds of essential and frontline workers for all they’d done and continue to do throughout the pandemic.
The song they chose? Andrew Gold’s 1978 “Thank You for Being a Friend,” familiar to anyone who’s ever watched an episode of the 1980s NBC sitcom The Golden Girls.
“We began arranging the music and teaching it to the BU Marching Band and Pep Band in small groups,” says Aaron Goldberg, a College of Fine Arts lecturer in music and director of Athletics Bands. “We then contacted our friends on the Dance and Cheer teams to be involved.”
The BU Athletics Bands then reached out to the School of Medicine, those running the University’s COVID-19 testing sites, Dining Services, and Facilities Management & Operations to get permission to video frontline and essential workers and hired Jacob Chang-Rascle (COM’22) and Christopher Moretti (CFA’19,’21) to shoot and record the video, which has just been released.
“This video is our gift to those at BU and beyond who have worked tirelessly to keep our community healthy and safe,” Goldberg says.