Friday, March 28, 2014

Marching Ultimates find their niche in...national anthems!?

Marching Ultimates find their niche in...national anthems!?

By Kate Hoshimiya
The Daily Magi
July 21, 2067

Dr. Alex Cochran-Pierce, known as The Master for his musical genius as a composer and band director, has one of the most extensive flag collections related to the noisy neighbours down south, the United States of America. He owns every version of the flag from different periods of admissions of states, the most recent being when Puerto Rico was admitted as the 51st state in the Union on July 4 of this year. 

Dr. Cochran-Pierce has been an advocate of using the Confederate flag as a fashion item, along the lines of the Nazi swastika, the hammer and sickle of the old Soviet Union, and the old North Korean flag. Indeed, he designed a new, evolving line of lowleg and string bikinis geared towards the young Canadian female hipster market based around taboo flags and emblems.

But aside from his fashion design hobbies, which have earned him a hatful of cash on the side, he is responsible for advocating the Mitakihara University Marching Ultimates' option to play stirring heartfelt renditions of national anthems during the pregame of numberous sporting events in their entirety. As result, the pregames of numerous Mitakihara Magi and Puella Magi home matches are longer than most.

The reason for this is a delicious juxtaposition: treat your opponents like royals before the teams take away their clothes, their dignity and the vaseline to boot, just to rub it in. In other words, lift them up before you run them down. It's something that has been a part of the Mitakihara mystique ever since Dr. Cochran-Pierce, the son of the late Dr. Mary Cochran, became the Director of Bands.

Mitakihara University Marching Ultimates' version of the Star Spangled Banner.

"Our rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner honors the history and integrity of our neighbours," said Dr. Cochran-Pierce. "They are a part of us, like we are a part of them. It also helps that they are a Commonwealth member like we are, so we are truly sister countries. Therefore, I composed a version of their national anthem that reaches out to them and embraces them. Outside of competition, we are one. We may have our differences, but in many ways we think alike.

Mitakihara University Marching Ultimates' version of O Canada.

"I had previously composed a version of O Canada that we also do for pregame events that is similarly powerful in its intentions. This version, along with our version of the SSB, is played during all home games where the Marching Ultimates are needed. The only complaints that I've heard is that it makes pregame longer that it should. After winning many national championships, I think we've earned the right to do our pregame our way. And it's with power, passion, pride and respect."

In addition to renditions of the anthems of Canada and the United States, Dr. Cochran-Pierce has made arrangements of the national anthems of Russia, Australia, Korea, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, China and Ireland with more nations to come.


  1. Hopefully, also God Defend New Zealand, also the Alma Mater of Millbrook

    Also, the Magi won 7-3

  2. Your Magi won, are you satisfied? It wasn't a blowout, but, still...

    1. All right. Will continue to follow.

    2. Also, this is the last matchup between the Warriors and the Magi...Sort of...We're not the Warriors anymore...

    3. This also means the banner you gave me is outdated...

    4. You need to stop changing your team names. Just saying. Send me your team logo ASAP or I will send you a banner that you will have to use.

    5. I sent you something. I hope your university got approval from the local tribes, otherwise this won't look good for you.