For any electronic/dance act, playing the Sahara Tent at Coachella's about as big as it gets. Colorado's Big Gigantic, however, decided that, well, that wasn't quite big enough. So, for both weekend's Coachella sets, they upped their showmanship -- not with a genre staple like a massive light projection or a huge confetti drop, but with something a bit more intense: The 30-student Shadow Hills High School Marching band who blasted their way through remixes of Aloe Blacc's "I Need a Dollar" and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis's "Can't Hold Us" to a massive, smiling throng of dancing concertgoers.
We caught up with manager Ben Baruch backstage before the band's show on the second weekend, where he told us about how it all came together. "This has been a dream come true," he said. "I lived in LA for 6 years and always wanted to play Coachella. We got the offer and were trying to figure out something to do that was creative, and we've always wanted to have a marching band... there's not a better place to really do it."