: Four photographs show The Ohio State University Marching Band performing "Script Ohio" at Ohio Stadium in the 1960s. The photographs document the formation from its beginning on the fifty yard line to the dotting of the "I" in Ohio. In its earliest performances, a trumpet player dotted the "I" of the formation, but this honor quickly fell instead to a sousaphone player for a more dramatic finish. The slides measure 5" x 4" (12.7 x 10.16 cm). Known as "The Best Damn Band in the Land" (TBDBITL), the Ohio State University Marching Band originated as a 12-piece fife and drum corps in 1878. In 1896 Gustav Bruder was hired to lead the band. The band grew in size and began marching for all military and athletic events. In 1899 it played its first football game at Ohio Field. In 1920 the short-lived Varsity Band merged with Bruder's ensemble to create a 100-piece University Band. A staple of the marching band's repertoire is the Ohio's official state rock song, "Hang on Sloopy," first played on October 9, 1965 at the Ohio State vs. Illinois football game. View on Ohio Memory.
: Om3112_3735792_001 Subjects
: Sports; Arts and Entertainment; Education; Universities and colleges; Stadiums; Bands; Music; Marching bands Places
: Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio)