Summer is normally a slow time for Ohio State sports outside of recruiting. All of the spring sports are done and none of the fall sports have started practice yet, meaning that outside of recruiting there is little in the way of news. That isn’t true for all things connected to OSU athletics though as the past week has been anything but quiet for the Ohio State University Marching Band.
As I have previously detailed, the tryout process for the OSUMB is very demanding and highly competitive and prospective band members start preparing for tryouts well in advance. Prospective band members will spend the summer practicing their marching and playing, memorizing school songs, and hitting the gym to get in shape. In addition to their individual work, many prospective members will also attend Summer Sessions.
Summer sessions are optional practice sessions held at the band’s practice field where … [Read More]
Last week brought sad news for everyone connected to TBDBITL as Dr. James Moore, known to most as Doc, passed away at age 80. For over 20 years, until his retirement at the end of the 2004 season, Dr. Moore had served as the percussion instructor for the Ohio State Marching Band, contributing to evolution of the band and becoming a beloved figure to all band members
Dr. Moore didn’t have the background that one would necessarily expect for someone who would become such a major part of the Ohio State community. Doc was born in 1934 in Jackson, Michigan (birthplace of the Republican party, the coney island hot dog, former NFL coach Tony Dungy, and NASA astronaut James McDivitt). … [Read More]
When the Ohio State football team invaded enemy territory last weekend, they were not alone. Not only were they accompanied by thousands of Buckeye faithful who made it possible to get an ‘O-H-I-O’ cheer going around The Big House yet another year, the Ohio State Marching Band was also in attendance. This marked the fourth road game of the year for TBDBITL, a very busy season but one that has allowed tens of thousands of people, OSU fans and opposing fans, to see the band who would not normally see them due to not being able to attend a game in Columbus.
The band departed Columbus on Friday and headed north to Sandusky, Ohio where they performed a concert at the Kalahari Waterpark and Conference Center. A group of students from high schools in the Sandusky area had the privilege to spend part of the day with TBDBITL director Jon … [Read More]
While people can debate about the proper reaction from fans to the football team’s 20 point win in their season opener, what cannot be debated is that the Ohio State Marching Band got the season off to a great start. Coming off an amazing 2012 season that featured several shows that received international attention, expectations for the band were sky high this season and with an a show featuring music from some of our favorite animated movies including Shrek, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Toy Story, and The Incredibles; TBDBITL showed that it is ready to meet and exceed those expectations.
Perhaps the most popular parts of last season’s shows were the animated formations and the band broke out a pair of them in this show: a dancing crab (at 3:15 in the video) and a superhero lifting a car (at 6:47). The tricky … [Read More]
With only one day remaining until the start of the 2013 football season, last minute preparations are underway by thousands of people at Ohio State. While the football team and coaches are having their last practice and making their last tweaks to the game plan, stadium workers are finishing getting Ohio Stadium ready for over 100,000 fans, campus area bars are stocking up on beer and food, and fans are making sure all their gameday gear is out and ready. Another important part of the OSU gameday experience, the Ohio State Marching Band is also getting ready for their first game of the season.
While Buckeye fans have always known that the OSUMB is truly The Best Damn Band in the Land and the band has gotten prays from numerous sources over the years, the bands fame went up several notches last year due to a series of amazing shows, … [Read More]
After two grueling days of tryouts featuring more than 400 people, 225 lucky individuals had their dreams come true tonight as they heard their names called as members of the 2013 Ohio State University Marching Band. As a TBDBITL alumnus, I know about the numerous hours of hard work required to prepare for tryouts; all the hours in the summer where you could be out working or hanging out with your friends but instead you are practicing your playing or marching up and down a field somewhere, making sure every aspect of your marching is perfect. I also remember the amazing feeling at hearing your name called and how that, and the season that followed, made all that hard work more than worth it. On behalf of everyone here at tBBC, I wish to congratulate the members of the 2013 OSUMB and wish a great season, continue to make us … [Read More]
This is an important week for Buckeye fans everywhere, after a long summer without OSU sports; things are finally kicking into high gear in preparation the fall sports season. On Monday the Ohio State football team hit the practice field for the first time this season, looking to continue their undefeated ways under Urban Meyer. While the football team is obviously the main attraction on fall Saturdays, there are other vital components that make gameday in Ohio Stadium so special.
Another key part of gamedays also got things going this week as today marked the beginning of tryouts for the Ohio State University Marching Band. The tryout process for the band is long and grueling and it plays a vital role in making sure the band lives up to its standard of excellence. Every member of the 225 person OSUMB must try out every year, this ensures that only … [Read More]