Summer Sessions

Summer 2017 Schedule
Focus Sessions
Instrument Check-Out
Out-of-State or Unable to Attend
Incoming Freshmen
Photo Release
Preparing for Summer Sessions

Summer Sessions are optional practices that take place in June, July, and August and help both prospective and returning candidates prepare for tryouts. Summer Sessions provide instruction in marching and music fundamentals in a fun, informal setting. They are open to all high school students, Ohio State students and students enrolled at a member college or university of the Higher Education Council of Columbus.

While a syllabus of fundamentals will be followed during the summer, missing a rehearsal will not put you behind. Squad leaders and veteran marching band members can help you with whatever fundamentals you may have missed. While Summer Sessions can be very beneficial in learning our fundamentals, we like to stress that attending them does not give you an advantage in making the band.

Summer 2017 Schedule

All sessions are from 6:30-9 p.m. Instrument check-out is available at the Steinbrenner Band Center (between gates 10 and 12 of Ohio Stadium) beginning at 5:30 p.m. Information about additional drumline rehearsals will be available closer to the start of Summer Sessions.

In the event of inclement weather, please check this page and our social media accounts for information on any rehearsal changes.

Dates for Focus Session weeks are in bold.

Tuesday, June 6
Thursday, June 8
Tuesday, June 13
Thursday, June 15
Tuesday, June 20
Thursday, June 22
Tuesday, June 27
Thursday, June 29
Thursday, July 6
Tuesday, July 11
Thursday, July 13
Tuesday, July 18
Wednesday, July 19
Thursday, July 20

Tuesday, July 25
Wednesday, July 26
Tuesday, August 1
Wednesday, August 2
Thursday, August 3

Monday, August 7
Tuesday, August 8
Wednesday, August 9 

Focus Sessions

Two weeks of this year's Summer Sessions will be designated as "Focus Sessions," which will provide a review of music and marching fundamentals covered to that point over three rehearsals. If you're an out-of-state student or simply unavailable to attend as many Summer Sessions as you'd like, these Focus Sessions are specifically designed to bring you up to speed over a short period of time. The first Focus Session will be July 18-20, and the second will be August 1-3.

Instrument Check-Out

For those eligible to try out in August 2017: After agreeing to our instrument policies, brass players (except sousaphone players) can sign out an instrument (and mouthpiece if necessary) to keep through the end of tryouts. Due to high demand, sousaphone and percussion players can only check out instruments on a per-session basis against some form of collateral (e.g. state-issued identification, car keys); however, after attending four consecutive Summer Session rehearsals, they may check out an instrument via a bond card for the remainder of the summer through tryouts.

For those not eligible to try out in August 2017: High school students who are not eligible to try out in August can sign out an instrument and a mouthpiece on a per-session basis against some form of collateral (e.g. state-issued identification, car keys).


If you wish to park on campus while attending Summer Sessions, there are a few options. All on-campus parking requires payment.  The Tuttle Park Place Garage is located across the street from the Band Center, and payment is collected when exiting the garage.  

You may also park in the surface lots around Ohio Stadium. There are pay-by-plate machines that will allow you to pay for a certain amount of time, or you can use the Parkmobile app. If you use the app, please be sure to enter the correct zone number.  The West Stadium Lot is 69344, the Northeast Stadium Lot is 69323, the Southeast Stadium Lot is 69331 and the Midtower Lot is 69322. Zone numbers are also posted by lot entrances.

If you plan on attending multiple sessions, you might want to consider getting a visitor permit or, if you are an Ohio State affiliate, a campus pass. 

After 4 p.m., any campus pass holder (including West Campus passes) can park in a non-reserved central campus parking space in surface lots.

The Ohio State Marching and Athletic Bands is not responsible for any parking citations or fines incurred.

Out-of-State or Unable To Attend

Don’t worry about being left behind! Our veteran marching band members will help get you caught up on the fundamentals taught throughout the summer. This summer, we are offering two Focus Sessions (July 18-20 and August 1-3) that each will provide a review of music and marching fundamentals, so you can catch up without having to attend sessions over multiple weeks. You can also upload a video of yourself marching to YouTube and our squad leaders will review it and give you feedback. If this is of interest, please contact us at

Incoming Freshmen

As an incoming freshman, you may attend summer sessions during your summer orientation! Check the schedule and see if there are any sessions during your time on campus.

Photo Release

Please fill out this Photo Release form (Ohio State Photo Release) and bring it to your first summer session. If you are under 18, it must be signed by a parent or legal guardian.

Preparing for Summer Sessions

  • Drinking 8-12 ounces of water four hours before the beginning of practice, then again two hours before practice. During practice, drink fluids early and as often as thirst and common sense drive. Sports drinks might be helpful for heavy sweat situations.
  • Eat healthy carbohydrates and foods with lean protein in the meals before practice (e.g. turkey sandwich on whole grain, quinoa with chicken, chicken marsala). Fruit is always a performance food for the carbs and electrolytes as you get closer to start time. Pretzels or similar low fat chips can help with fueling and hydration.
  • Wear comfortable athletic clothing and good athletic shoes.
  • Warm-up before marching by stretching.
  • Be familiar with musical scales.
  • Start becoming familiar with our school songs (Across the Field, Buckeye Battle Cry, etc.).