If you tuned into the Super Bowl halftime show last Sunday, you would have caught glimpses of one of Montevideo’s own, along with the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Marching Band, playing behind Justin Timberlake.

 

If you tuned into the Super Bowl halftime show last Sunday, you would have caught glimpses of one of Montevideo’s own, along with the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Marching Band, playing behind Justin Timberlake.

Devon Osman graduated from Montevideo High School in 2015. After graduation, he attended the U of M in the Cities, and is currently in his third year at the University.

About halfway through Justin Timberlake’s halftime show performance, the marching band appeared onstage and began playing the introduction to Timberlake’s original song, “Suit and Tie,” cleverly dressed in black suits and bow ties. When the band began filing in the spotlight behind Timberlake, Osman was spotted in the front row to the right of the pop singer.

According to Osman, the appearance of the band was intended to be kept a secret until the performance on Sunday night.

“When we were notified back in December that we would be playing, we were told that we had to be careful and keep it a secret, we couldn’t tell anyone. The Timberlake production team told us if word got out that they would find a replacement immediately,” said Osman.

The Timberlake team sent the band the music ahead of time for them to learn on their own time, which they started rehearsing six days before the performance. According to Osman, rehearsals started as three to four hour practices and worked their way up to eight hours a day, resulting in over 50 hours of rehearsal time. The first few rehearsals were at the Warner Colisuem, but soon moved to the US Bank Stadium, where the performance took place.



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