From local high school students to an Indianapolis firefighter, lots of Hoosiers got the chance to perform alongside Madonna during the Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday.
Students in drum lines at Fishers, Avon, Center Grove and Franklin Central High Schools played during the halftime performance. Fishers' senior Annie O’Dell was one of them and said standing next to Madonna was the experience of a lifetime.
Avon High School seniors Doug Seidensticker and Brad Klemmensen got to stomp onto the field as gladiators in the opening number. While the choreography was simple enough, they said Madonna gave them advice on how to execute it.
"Madonna was like stick your chest up like you're sticking your chest through like a brick wall and stuff," explained Klemmensen as he showed Fox 59 his gladiator walk.
Students weren’t the only lucky ones to perform. Indianapolis fireman and body builder Tom Gandolph traded his firehose for a giant feather that revealed the Material Girl on her throne.
"I was carrying one of the golden feathers that was right in front of Madonna," said Gandolph.
He said it wasn’t heavy, but he spent a lot of time making sure he pulled it away at the right note.
The local talent spent around a week practicing for the show, but the toughest job was keeping the biggest performance of the year a total secret.
"I got bugged every day," said Fishers High School senior Jordy Long. "People asking me, so what can you tell us today? What happened?"
No one could say a word after signing a contract to keep their lips sealed until after the performance.
Now, they are sharing their experience and moments with Madonna with everyone.
"She asked me and another girl if we could put our hair up so that it looked more uniform and we're like sitting there, of course, yeah, we'll do anything you ask!" laughed O’Dell.
Although the Material Girl was called a "perfectionist," the performers said she was down to earth and kind. They said they were honored that Madonna would share the biggest stage of her career with them.
"Out of all the people she could've picked, it was really just an honor to be chosen," said O’Dell.
While the Hoosier helpers said they would have performed for free, they were paid for their participation. They would not divulge just how much. The drumlines volunteered for free.
Hoosiers perform with Madonna in Super Bowl halftime show
From high school students to an Indianapolis firefighter, lots of Hoosiers got the chance to perform in the Super Bowl halftime show.
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