Whether you’re a fan or not you have to admit Beyonce’s Knowles performance at the Super Bowl was full of explosive energy. Her 13-minute performance included a 120 dancers, a 10-piece all female band and several back up singers.
Then there’s the Super Dome staff, stage, lighting and costume designers, the choreographer, the hair and make up folks, the list goes on.
It’s no surprise Beyoncé is getting all the attention but since no one else is talking about the musicians that made that performance happen it’s a great opportunity to highlight the band.
Beyoncé says she started the 10-piece all female band called “The Sugar Mamas” so young girls could have more role models.
“When I was younger I wish I had more females who played instruments to look up to. I played piano for like a second but then I stopped,” Beyoncé said in a statement. “I just wanted to do something which would inspire other young females to get involved in music so I put together an all-woman band.”
Meet some of the band members that make up Beyonce’s band “The Sugars Mamas.”
BiBi McGill: Musical Director, Guitar (pictured above)
Beyonce’s band was tucked away from the cameras during the performance but there was one band member who made it to the center of the stage, guitarist BiBi McGill.
McGill has been playing the guitar since she was 12 years old. She has a degree in Music Scoring and Arranging from the University of Colorado and has gone to play for artists like Pink, Paulina Rubio and the Latin pop group La Ley.
As the musical director, she says her job is to “tell everyone what time they have to be there, being responsible to give the cue for the stage to rise, being responsible if Beyoncé wants to change something in the middle of the show, talking in my mic to everyone who has in-ears [earpieces] and making it look seamless.”
Beyonce’s back up singers call themselves “The Mamas.”
Kat Rodriguez is a saxophonist, singer, songwriter, arranger, and composer with an accomplished resume. She joined Beyonce’s team in 2006.
Rie Tsuji is from Saga, Japan. She had solos in Beyonce’s “The Beyonce Experience” tour (2007) and the Iatest “I Am…” Tour.
“All I can say is this half time show is gonna be craaaaaazzzzzzyyyy!!!”, Tsuji wrote on her blog before the show.
(Photo: Rie Tsuji/Twitter)
“We shut that shit DOWN son…. Literally (no power at the superbowl)”, tweeted Crystal J. Torres on Sunday night.
Torres is a vocalist, trumpeter, and songwriter who started out in Philadelphia. She’s performed with Jennifer Lopez, Clark Terry, Paquito D’Rivera and Roy Hargrove.
(Photo: Twitter/Crystal J Torres)