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Norfolk State University “Spartan Legion” Marching Band Featured In EDM Video

Norfolk State University “Spartan Legion” Marching Band Featured In EDM Video

37224491825_dd684551cf_z-(1).jpgThe Norfolk State University “Spartan Legion” Marching Band was featured in a newly released video by Grammy-award winning electronic dance music duo “Justice.”

The group, made up of French artists Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay, won a Grammy Award in 2008 for Best Remixed Recording/Non-Classical. In just the first hour of its Internet debut on YouTube on Dec. 13, the video received more than 35,000 views. Justice fans from all over the world have been talking about the Spartan Legion and their performance on popular social media channels.

Members from the 205-member Spartan Legion band, recently named the top Division I HBCU band by ESPN/The Undefeated HBCU Band Rankings, are the sole subject of Justice’s “Heavy Metal,” a four-minute and twenty-five second video which features shots of the band at locations on campus that include William “Dick” Price Stadium, the L. Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center, Edward L. Hamm Fine Arts Building and several shots of band members in uniform throughout downtown Norfolk. 

William Beathea, director of the Spartan Legion at NSU, said the release of the video today is one of the highlights of his tenure as band director. He says the video will help give Norfolk State University and the Spartan Legion international exposure.

“What is so fantastic about the video is that the director was able to capture the intensity of the band, and visually it helps bring you into the music,” Beathea said.  “The visuals capture the intensity and seriousness our students take into the overall musicality of the Spartan Legion.”

To watch Justice’s “Heavy Metal” on YouTube, click here