The Buckeye Invitational

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Buckeye Invitational Update | July 2, 2020

At this time, we do not yet know the status of the Buckeye Invitational set to take place on Saturday, October 17.  As you may be aware, The Ohio State University is working diligently on plans for reopening campus in the fall.  Myriad factors will determine whether or not we are able to host the Buckeye Invitational this year. 

For now, if you have registered through the OMEA portal, that is all you need to do to be considered for entry.  If we receive a green light to run the event, we will then determine how many bands we will accept and go through a selection process. As we began last year, scheduling will be done by random draw within classes (AA, A, B, C, Festival).

Please feel free to submit any questions you might have to Phil Day at day.404@osu.edu.

Thanks, and Go Bucks!


The Buckeye Invitational is a high school band competition sponsored by the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA). It is hosted by The Ohio State University Marching Band and takes place in historic Ohio Stadium, and it is open to any high school band in the United States. The 2020 Buckeye Invitational will take place on Saturday, October 17, 2020.

Tickets will go on sale in the summer through the Ohio State University Marching Band Store. Tickets cost $15 in advance and can be picked up at Ohio Stadium will call on the day of the event.

Bands who compete will be adjudicated by OMEA adjudicators. Bands who perform in festival class will receive feedback from outstanding musicians and teachers from around the region.

  • Bags, cameras, umbrellas, strollers, and seat backs (that do not attach to the bleachers) are permitted into the stadium
  • No animals (unless service animals) are permitted into the stadium
  • NO FOOD OR BEVERAGE WILL BE PERMITTED INTO THE STADIUM

Driving Directions to Ohio Stadium (The Shoe)

411 Woody Hayes Drive | Columbus, Ohio 43210

From the North – Take I-71 South to 270 West to SR 315 South. Exit at Lane Avenue and turn left. Turn right onto Fyffe Road. Turn left onto Woody Hayes Drive. Ohio Stadium will be on your right once you cross the bridge.

From the South – Take I-71 North to SR 315 North to Worthington. Exit at Lane Avenue and turn right. Turn right onto Fyffe Road. Turn left onto Woody Hayes Drive. Ohio Stadium will be on your right once you cross the bridge.

From the East (Airport) – Take I-70 West to SR 315 North to Worthington. Exit at Lane Avenue and turn right. Turn right onto Fyffe Road. Turn left onto Woody Hayes Drive. Ohio Stadium will be on your right once you cross the bridge.

From the West – Take I-70 East to SR 315 North to Worthington. Exit at Lane Avenue and turn right. Turn right onto Fyffe Road. Turn left onto Woody Hayes Drive. Ohio Stadium will be on your right once you cross the bridge.