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Festival band
Biographical information
Physical description
GenderEight males and one female
Behind-the-scenes information
Played byZZ Top and six unknown musicians
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The festival band performs at the Hill Valley Festival.

" Great Scott! / Clara was coming, wasn't she? She said she'd be here. What if she had had second thoughts? Doc looked through all the people around the bandstand, where a group of musicians were about to begin a square dance. So many people! He really wished the crowd wasn't quite so large. "
—From Back to the Future Part III by Craig Shaw Gardner (quote, page 112)
" Doc offered his arm as he reached her [Clara's] side. "May I have this dance, Miss Clayton?" / She draped her arm around his. "I would be honored, Mr. Brown." / And, with that, the fiddles, banjo and piano started a song on the bandstand, while a fellow with a guitar called the steps. / There were certain things that science just didn't teach you. A case in point, Doc Brown realized, was square dancing. "
—From Back to the Future Part III by Craig Shaw Gardner (quote, page 113)

The festival band was a group of nine local musicians who provided the music for the Hill Valley Festival on Saturday September 5, 1885 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the founding of Hill Valley.


The band consisted of seven male musicians playing violin, acoustic guitars (which they rotated during the song) and banjos, one male drummer and one female double bass player.

Behind the scenes[]

  • The lead three male musicians of the festival band were played by Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard, the guitar player/lead singer, bassist/vocalist and drummer respectively of the American blues rock group ZZ Top, all of whom were uncredited on-screen.
  • The guitar players' instrument spin during the festival band's onstage performance was ZZ Top's real-life signature move.


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