Band to play Soviet National Anthem for Apple TV show

Story by Noah Kuhn
Associate News Editor

Photo courtesy of Noelle Chan

The South Pasadena High School band will be featured in a filming shoot on Tuesday, Jan. 21, for a new episode of the Apple TV Cold War drama “For All Mankind.”

The shooting will be a one day event, with the band scheduled for a 6 a.m. call time for the projected ten hours on set. The group will don vintage uniforms to play the role of a high school band performing the Soviet National Anthem, welcoming Russian diplomats to the United States.

“For All Mankind” focuses on the US-Soviet Union space race but with a fictional twist: the USSR wins. Additionally, the show furthers the feminist movement of the 1970s, incorporating a push for a legitimate female astronaut training program. 

“A lot of the band is excited to be on a TV show,” senior band officer Kenneth Schultz said. “We’ve done a lot of performances, but never anything that has been this high of a production.”

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