Monday, October 7, 2013

The Best Damn Band In The Land!

Woody Hayes winner of five National Championships as football coach at Ohio State University was so moved by the Buckeye marching band that he rose up from the bench one day and said “That is the best damn band in the land!”  

OSU Marching Band

After seeing these videos few if any could dispute Woody’s
TBDBITL – this all brass and percussion marching band is as close to perfection as it gets. They are simply the best. They float around that field writing a script OHIO and making it look easy. It is not. That kind of perfection takes a tremendous amount of work, practice, patience, and dedication.

Note how they dot the “I” in Ohio. It is an honor to be the dot and sometimes guest celebrities, such as Bob Hope or John Glenn, take their turn at being the most famous dot in the land. The dot is usually a fourth or fifth year sousaphone player.*   In this video, if I’m not mistaken, it is a female dot. It was not until the 1970s that women were allowed to march with the band.

I was going post the Ohio Script ramp entry and performance here by itself. BUT, you have to check out this half-time show at an OSU vs Nebraska game Oct. 6, 2012.  Simply incredible.

My Valley High School Marching Band hat and plume is off for you OSU – the best damn band in all the land.

 A Pregame show. [If the box appears black click on it.]

Half-time homage to video games – amazing!

Credits: The Ohio State University Marching Band Ramp Entry, Script Ohio & Pre-game show. OSU vs Indiana University. 11 5 2011.  by mbandfan2 on YouTube.
OSU Half-Time Show - posted on YouTube by HandMRowGoBucks
*For a detailed description of the band check Wikipedia -
Photo: The Buckeye Battle Cry,

Logo: The Ohio State University Marching and Athletic Bands -


  1. Hi Mom, I see your [latest] post and read your blog, good fun! I'm glad you're writing your blog and exploring things that spark your imagination.

  2. It is great to hear from you, and that you're keeping up with me. I'll bet the band brings back marching days. For me the OSU band brought back memories of your drum and bugle corps days and my marching band days.


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