The 2021 “Pride of Arizona” Marching Band


The Music of Panic! At The Disco

Panic! At The Disco was formed in 2004 in the suburban area of Summerlin, Las Vegas, and was initially a Blink-182 cover band. While the band’s sound and style have changed dramatically over the years, the majority of today’s show features music from the albums Death of A Bachelor (2016) and Pray for the Wicked (2018) both of which feature a charismatic, cross-pollinated brand of pop rock characterized by lead singer/songwriter, Brandon Urie’s soaring vocals. Panic! At The Disco has scored 6 chart topping albums and entertained fans all over the world.

The Pride of Arizona dedicates this show and the entire season to our drumline staff member and friend Nick Knepper.

Into The Unknown/Victorious (2019/2015)

‘Into The Unknown’ is the hit song from Disney’s Frozen 2 and is a soaring power ballad reminiscent of ‘Let It Go’ from the first Frozen film. The cover version of the song performed by Panic! At The Disco is about literally venturing into the unknown and lead singer, Brendon Urie’s vocals are the perfect match for the huge, operatic notes in the chorus.

‘Victorious’ was released as the second single from Panic’s fifth studio album, Death of a Bachelor spending time on Billboard’s Pop Songs chart with the music video receiving more than 76 million views as of August 2021.

Death Of A Bachelor (2015)

The title track from Panic’s fifth studio album was described by vocalist Brendon Urie in the following quote: “Frank Sinatra turns 100 this year. I attach his music to so many memories: Opening presents on Christmas day, my grandparents teaching the rest of the family to swing dance…his music has been a major player in the soundtrack of my life. So it’s only right that I return the favor and/or pay it forward. I wrote a new album this year and even in the few songs that don’t sound remotely similar to any of his music I still felt his influence in the writing and the need to relate so personally to each song. ‘Death Of A Bachelor’ is very important to me. It expresses the bittersweet (but mostly sweet) end of an era. A look back at a part of my life now deceased. An ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’-esque look into a possibly different future. But mostly an appreciation for the present.”

The Pride proudly features soloist Baron Turner on sousaphone, and trumpet soloist Victor Sinohui.

Crazy = Genius (2016)

“Crazy=Genius” was written in a style reminiscent of classic big band swing a la the classic Louis Prima hit, “Sing, Sing, Sing”. Lyrically, the song makes references to select members of the rock band The Beach Boys, as Urie sings “She said you’re just like Mike Love / But you wanna be Brian Wilson, Brian Wilson” and “She said you’re just like Mike Love / But you’ll never be Dennis Wilson.” This is likely a reference to Brian being the “crazy genius” behind the Beach Boys’ success, as he suffers from schizoaffective disorder and was the brain behind the band’s greatest achievements. Mike Love on the other hand, was known to be against Wilson’s innovative sounds and was always one to stick to “the formula”.

The song’s big band swing-style elements set the perfect stage to feature the Pride of Arizona Drumline. For Nick.

High Hopes/Into The Unknown (2018/2019)

‘High Hopes’ is the second single from Panic’s sixth studio album, Pray for the Wicked, which peaked at number four on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming the band’s highest-charting song. It holds the record for most weeks spent at number one on the US Hot Rock Songs chart, at 65 weeks.

‘Into The Unknown’ returns to bring the Pride of Arizona’s 2021 show to an exciting close.

The 2021 Pride of Arizona Show

This year’s band day show is about the importance of remaining grateful, positive, and hopeful in the face of the significant challenges of a global pandemic. We realized family, friends, activities, and events that we perhaps took for granted could be taken from us in an instant. Today’s show aspires to lift the weight of the past year and a half and present a hopeful view of the future where we all take the opportunity to truly appreciate our blessings and be grateful for moments big and small that make our lives meaningful.

The Pride of Arizona would like to dedicate our show to two incredible people we lost this year. Nick Knepper and Enrique Feldman, thank you for enriching our lives, making the world a better place, and for helping shape the Pride of Arizona past, present, and future.