BU band wows crowd with memorable salute to NCAA champion Lady Bears

WACO, Texas (KWTX) The Baylor Golden Wave Marching Band made waves this weekend with a spectacular halftime performance as band members honored the national champion Lady Bears during a Homecoming game that ended with a double overtime win over Texas Tech.

The Baylor Golden Wave Marching Band wowed a Homecoming crowd with a memorable salute to Baylor’s national champion Lady Bears. (Courtesy photo)

“I thought it went really well,” Director of Athletic Bands Dr. Isaiah Odajima said.

“I haven’t had a chance to watch the video, but when it was happening live I thought it went well.”

Odajima might be one of the few who hasn’t seen the video as fans immediately posted the impressive performance online where it promptly went viral.

During the show, the 300-member band created a formation in which two basketball players faced each other with a BU logo in between.

One of the players dribbled and then passed a basketball to the other.

A group of band members in a circular formation holding a brown fabric object that from the stands looked like a basketball served as the ball.

The band members who formed the first player then quickly moved into formation as a basketball goal into which the second player then neatly shot the ball.

Odajima said the band put together the tribute in just two weeks during their thrice-weekly practices.

“We have to be very efficient,” he said.

“Students have to understand what we’re going to do and have a real commitment to executing the plan and they come out those two hours and work really hard and try to memorize every move and position in order to look and sound as good as we possibly can.”

Lady Bears head coach Kim Mulkey, meanwhile, played the role of the band’s conductor as the members of the championship team were introduced.

“She was very grateful,” Odajima said.

“The whole team was.”

Odajima says the band members are planning another great performance when the Bears take on West Virginia on Halloween night with lots of tricks up their sleeves and plenty of costumes.


Lady Bears head coach Kim Mulkey played the role of the band’s conductor as the members of the championship team were introduced. (Photo by Robert Rogers/Baylor University)
Lady Bears head coach Kim Mulkey played the role of the band’s conductor as the members of the championship team were introduced. (Photo by Robert Rogers/Baylor University)
The Baylor Golden Wave Marching Band wowed a Homecoming crowd with a memorable salute to Baylor’s national champion Lady Bears. (Courtesy photo)