The end of the school year normally brings about a slowdown in Ohio State news. School is over and seniors have graduated, spring football has concluded, non-revenue sports are finishing up their seasons/post-seasons, and fans are dealing with season ticket renewals for next year. The end of the school year isn’t slow for everyone though, as evidenced by the busy week for the Ohio State Marching Band and Athletic Band.
Drum Major Tryouts
One of the major reasons that the Ohio State University Marching Band is so good is that each and every member must try out every season, forcing them to work hard to ensure that their skills are in top shape. While tryouts for the 225 musicians in the band occur just before the start of football season, the first two members of the 2014 band were determined last weekend at drum major tryouts. While most every marching band has a drum major, their duties vary widely. For most high school, and many college, bands the drum major acts as a field commander, standing on a podium to conduct the band during their on-field performances. At Ohio State, conducting duties are handled by the directing staff but the drum major still serves as a leader of the band, giving signals to the band during on-field performances and parades. The drum major also has a showmanship role, performing routines with a metal baton that helps add additional visual flair to the band’s performances. To learn more about the OSUMB drum major position, check out www.ohiostatedrummajor.com.