Ohio State University
- United States
The Ohio State University Marching Band is one of the few all-brass and percussion university marching bands in the country and one of the largest of its type in the world. The OSUMB had humble beginnings as the first instrumental musical organization on campus was a 12-piece fife and drum corps organized in 1878 and a 16-piece band first performed for the commencement of 1879. The Ohio State University Marching Band has gained, and continues to enjoy, national and international acclaim, having been honored with the Sudler Trophy as the outstanding college band in the country. It is this rich tradition upon which the band has established what many experts agree is its trend-setting foothold in the modern marching band arena.
Many marching band innovations were first tried and developed at Ohio State. Among them are: floating and animated formations, measured step marching, script writing, and the fast cadence with a high knee lift. Brass instruments especially designed for marching bands were also first used at Ohio State. The trademark of the Ohio State University Marching Band, the "Script Ohio," is considered by many to be the most memorable tradition in college band history.