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Marching Hornets Perform on A&E’s Ozzy and Jack’s World Detour

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Author: Ken Mullinax

Release Date: Aug 02, 2018

Alabama State University's marching band performed in an episode of an A&E Network reality show.

The Alabama State University Mighty Marching Hornets Band performed for rocker and reality TV star Ozzy Osbourne on A&E's Ozzy and Jack's World Detour.

Osbourne, famed lead singer of Black Sabbath, and his son Jack were recently in Montgomery and filmed part of their reality television show on the campus of Alabama State University because of their desire to hear ASU's nationally acclaimed band perform.

"Alabama State University is proud to have the opportunity to host the Osbourne's on our campus. Even though the episode was videotaped back in March of this year, we were asked not to publicize their visit until the segment was ready to air. We are extremely excited that the Marching Hornets have once again placed ASU on a national platform." said Dr. Quinton T. Ross, Jr., president of Alabama State University.

Ross said that while Ozzy and the production crew were on campus, they visited with ASU's band at The ASU Stadium, where Ozzy and Jack, along with Jack’s daughter, Pearl, came to shoot part of the show.

Band Director Dr. James Oliver said while the band only had a few days to learn a composition, his award-winning performers were up to the challenge.

“We selected several Black Sabbath songs, including ‘Iron Man,' and had the score written within two days of receiving notice from the show’s producers,” said Oliver. “We were able to pull our band members together and rehearse in short order, with the added highlight of spelling out Ozzy’s name in one of our formations. It was a great honor and opportunity to perform in our stadium for a legend like Ozzy."
“For Ozzy to come here to ASU's campus and allow our band to perform his legendary ‘Iron Man’ score on national television makes me proud to be a Hornet," he added.
After the performance, Ozzy and Jack spent a considerable amount of time speaking to students and staff, stopping frequently for photos and autographs.

"As a longtime public figure, I have met a lot of celebrities, and I must say that Ozzy is one of the most genuine and kind-hearted stars that I have ever had the privilege to engage with in person. He is welcome to come back to the Hornet Nation any time he so desires," Ross added.

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