Part of being a Buckeye fanatic is buying into all the
tradition; Woody, Archie, Ohio Stadium, Campus Chimes, the Oval, High Street,
Heinygate, cows being crowned homecoming queen (seriously…look it up).
By Pete QuintOhio State Marching Band
Another tradition that everyone
agrees upon is the Ohio State University Marching Band. Few can argue the impact the band plays when
it explodes on to the field for the ramp entrance or after the third quarter
when they play “Hang on Sloopy”. Win or
lose the post game singing of Carmen Ohio never fails to send shivers down my
spine and Script Ohio is recognized by just about everyone as one of the
greatest traditions in college football.
The OSUMB is a unique entity in college football in the fact that the
band gets almost as recognizable as the football team.
The OSUMB has its roots in dating
back to 1878 and became a more militaristic marching style band of 100 in 1920
under the leadership of the band’s first director Gustav Bruder. Since then it has become one of the most
recognized collegiate marching band in the country and the largest all brass
and percussion band in the world. The
OSUMB has the distinction of being both the most recorded and the most
nationally televised marching band in the country. You don’t have to be a band geek to “get”
what the marching band means to the football team and the university
The summer has begun and fall football
camp has not yet started but the band is already hard at it. Starting every June, members of the OSUMB
gather on Tuesday and Thursday from 7-9pm to sharpen their marching and playing
skills. These Summer Sessions are open
to any veteran or perspective student enrolled at the Ohio State University. They are open to the public and frequently
attract small crowds of onlookers who need a reminder that football season is
Summer Sessions lead up to the
annual tryouts in August; typically the week leading up to the first game. There are no guaranteed spots in the band so
everyone has to tryout. Tryouts are
intense and it’s not unusual to have one or two veterans get cut during the
week. Three full, grueling days of
marching and playing outline the tryout experience and on Wednesday afternoon
the band is announced.
Immediately following the
introduction of the band and a short speech by director John R. Woods, the
newly anointed OSUMB is ushered out for their first rehearsal. The band gets two and a half days to learn
charts and memorize all the music for Saturday’s upcoming show. Understand it’s not the same as having to
learn an entire playbook and that these folks don’t have to endure getting
tackled by 300 pound linemen but they work just as hard as the football team at
what they do.
The OSUMB is a special organization
that adds so much to the pageantry and traditions of the Ohio State University. So make sure you get to the stadium this fall
and catch the band doing their Ramp Entrance.
It’s one of the best ways to start off your game day experience.
When asked how the band got its famous nickname “TBDBITL”, Director Dr. Jon
Woods claims, "Supposedly at a pep rally one year, Woody Hayes stood up
after the band played a song and said, 'That's the best damn band in the land!'
That's all it took. When Woody says something, it's law." - Miller, Rusty.
"From O-H-I-O to TBDBITL with the OSUMB", Associated Press,