Recently the Ohio State Marching Band delivered an incredible halftime show titled, ‘A Tribute to Video Games’. That show has gone viral on YouTube and according to Reelseo.com, has now had more than 12 million views since the October 7th performance. That excitement paired with the anticipation of the upcoming Ohio State/Michigan game has spurred me to pen this article.
In this edition of Time and Change, I review the relationship between the Ohio State football team and the marching band and what a special environment they create together each Saturday home game in Ohio Stadium.
It was at a pep rally in 1968 that the nickname “The Best Damn Band in the Land” (TBDBITL) was coined by none other than head coach Woody Hayes.
When I played for Woody and then Earle Bruce, the relationship between the team and the band was special, but not as nearly developed as it is today. We didn’t run out on to the field through the band as they do today, we didn’t walk through and make an appearance with the band during their pre-game “Skull Session”, nor did we sing with the band after the game.
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