While the football team had last weekend off, the Ohio State University Marching Band was hard at work, hosting and performing at the Buckeye Invitational, a high school band competition held in Ohio Stadium. On Saturday 33 high school bands made the trip to Columbus to compete, watch other high school bands, and get a chance to TBDBITL in action. Growing up Ohio, it is pretty standard to be a Buckeye fan and just because one does not play football does not mean that one doesn’t still have dreams of setting foot on the field at the Shoe. The Buckeye Invitational gives high school band kids a chance to live that dream by performing at the Shoe in front of their friends, family, and some of the best bands from across the state. The event also serves as a great recruiting tool for the OSUMB as it gives the high school band members a chance to see TBDBITL perform and to see the wonderful facilities the marching band has available to it at OSU.
The Invitational got underway just after 10 am and featured performances from high school bands including Findlay, John Glenn High School, Centennial, Marietta, and many others; you can find lots more videos by doing a youtube search for ‘Buckeye Invitational 2013.’ The Invitational concluded with the OSUMB taking to the field as the Sun began to set. The OSUMB’s performance began with the traditional ramp entrance which as always brought the crowd to its feet.
Following ramp, the band marched off the field and into their warmup block, the same arrangement that you see at Skull Session, while the announcer gave the crowd information about the band and its various traditions. In the block the band played a few of their warmup exercises which sounded very nice and melodic.
After finishing their ‘warmup’, the band moved on to the main part of their performance, reprising their ‘Country and Western’ show from the Wisconsin game. As the band moved into position, the announcer gave a little bit of details about tryouts for the band, challenges by the alternates, and the athletic band. Performing at band festivals like this is a little different from performing at a football game as the crowd is made up of people much more familiar with marching bands and thus they tend to be more appreciative of the technical aspects of a performance. The ‘Country and Western’ show was a great choice as it featured entertaining music that was arranged beautifully to take advantage of the band’s musicianship and crowd pleasing formations that also showed off the band’s marching ability and precision. Of course there is one important thing that must be done at every TBDBITL performance and after the ‘Country and Western’ show, the OSUMB concluded the day with ‘Script Ohio’.
This weekend is homecoming at Ohio State and that means the OSUMB is busier than normal. The band’s involvement in the homecoming festivities begins on Friday as the band will be performing in the Ohio State Homecoming Parade & Pep Rally. The parade steps off at 6:00pm in front of Ohio Stadium and moves through Jesse Owens Plaza before turning right on Woodruff Avenue. The parade follows Woodruff before heading South on High Street to 12th Avenue where it turns right before ending on the South Oval. The pep rally will start immediately after the parade inside the Ohio Union and will also feature an appearance by Urban Meyer, the cheerleaders, and others. The OSUMB Alumni Band will also be marching in the parade, providing the connection between the old and the new that is a key part of homecoming.
Saturday’s game against Iowa is a 3:30 kickoff which means that the band members won’t have to get up as early to report to the stadium; band members get to the stadium around 5:00 am for a noon kickoff so the extra 3.5 hours will be nice. Skull Session will start at 1:15 pm, giving fans time to tailgate and still make it to St. John Arena. This week’s halftime show once again promises to be a real crowd pleaser as the band will present the music of Michael Jackson.