The Ohio State Marching Band joined the team last weekend in a trip to Michigan State and their support probably played a role in the team’s victory over the Spartans. I am not just saying that because I was a member of the band, Jim Tressel was a firm believer that the band helped the team on the road. During my last year in the band in 2004 we traveled to Michigan State where the team rallied to beat the Spartans. Tressel felt the band played such an important role in that win that he pushed for the band to travel to Purdue the following weekend, pulling strings in the athletic department to make sure that the trip would be paid for. Unfortunately that trip didn’t happen as the Purdue athletic department refused to allow seats for the band, probably also a testament to the role the band has in helping to support a team on the road.
As is standard procedure, the OSUMB and the Spartan Marching Band each performed for pregame and halftime. The OSUMB did their traditional road pregame with school songs, the MSU fight song (a classy tradition among Big Ten bands), and ending in a double Script Ohio (see video at the end of the article). At halftime the band reprised the Beach Boys show from the season opener. Choosing a halftime show for an away game always takes a bit of thought, it is pretty normal for fans to boo the opposing band pretty much anywhere you go and so effort is made to try and choose a show that the host fans won’t be able or willing to boo. Often this takes the form of a patriotic show, nobody wants to boo America. The choice of the Beach Boys show was a great one for this trip as the songs are recognizable to everyone and the picture formations culminating in the now famous moving surfer are real crowd pleasers. The show went over well with the MSU fan, one member of the SMB said after the game that the MSU student section normally boos the opposing band the entire time but they actually cheered several times for the Beach Boys show.
This week has been a busy one for the band. On Thursday night the OSUMB helped kick off the “But For Ohio State” fundraising drive on the oval, performing a couple tunes including Hang On Sloopy with the band OAR. Friday night sees the marching band, along with the athletic band (which plays at women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, and men’s ice hockey) and the TBDBITL alumni band, marching in the annual homecoming parade. Saturday of course marks the homecoming game against Nebraska in what will be the biggest Big Ten game of the week. Skull Session will see the athletic band performing along with the marching band, a homecoming tradition, so make sure you give both bands which help support our OSU sports teams a lot of well-deserved applause.
The OSUMB will perform its traditional school song filled pregame this week with one minor change. It is homecoming week at Ohio State and for pregame the band will help present and honor the 2012 Ohio State Homecoming Court. Halftime will feature a show with music arranged by graduate assistant John Brennan. After arranging the music for the ‘One Hit Wonders’ show two weeks ago, Brennan shows that he is no one hit wonder himself with his show dedicated to the music of the video games that we all know and love. The halftime show will feature music from such hit video games as Pokemone, Tetris, Super Mario Brothers/Super Mario World, Halo & Halo 3, The Legend of Zelda, and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Percussion arrangements for the show were done by percussion instructor Aaron Bell and the drill was written by interim assistant director Chris Hoch. I am sworn to secrecy about what exactly the drill will contain but I can tell you that it will be a very engaging show, filled with the kind of crowd pleasing moments that one would expect for a show dedicated to the music of video games; make sure you have you cameras ready as there will be lots of opportunities for pictures.