The Ohio State University


OSUMB Traditions

“The Pride of the Buckeyes,” The Ohio State University Marching Band is the largest all-brass and percussion band in the world.  The OSUMB earned its nickname “TBDBITL” when former head football coach Woody Hayes once referred to the group as “The Best Damn Band in the Land.”

The Ohio State University Marching Band was first formed in 1878 to provide music to which United States ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) cadets could march. At the time, the band consisted of a 12-piece drum and fife corps, and most of the members were beginner musicians. Student-run for the first 18 years, the band was placed under sponsorship of the U.S. Military Department at The Ohio State University and performed as such. Military discipline and organization was instilled and remains a part of the organization today. Despite the group’s independence from the ROTC Military Department, the OSUMB remains true to its military roots by wearing military-style uniforms, taking part in weekly ROTC-style uniform inspections, and executing precision drills in all of its marching performances.

On Friday evenings, between 4-6pm, head over to the south end of Ohio Stadium for the OSUMB dress rehearsal and “music checks.” Known as “gray day,” the band wears matching gray practice sweats as well as their uniform hats, and is first tested on the music for the week before finalizing and perfecting the week’s pre-game and half-time shows.

OSUMB “The Pride of the Buckeye” Pregame Trailer