They didn’t win the competition, but the Pride of the Plains Marching Band achieved valuable recognition in a national contest and that was their primary goal, according to Doug Whitten, director of Athletics Bands.

To promote the debut of its new fall show, “Hawaii Five-O,” CBS sponsored a competition in which they challenged university bands to perform the show’s familiar theme song and post their videos to YouTube, where viewers could cast votes. The winning video was worth $25,000 and a brief appearance on one of the episodes.

The competition was stiff, Whitten said, but it was good to see PSU’s entry along side those from universities like Notre Dame, Clemson and the University of Indiana.

Although PSU didn’t win the competition, Whitten said one of the main benefits of the competition was the way it raised the visibility
of the band and of the program.

“And it’s also just a lot of fun,” he said.