Updated May 14, 2022
The Ohio State University Marching Band's Summer Sessions program is back for 2022! Registration is now open!
Summer Sessions take place from 6:30-9 p.m. at Lincoln Tower Field south of Ohio Stadium.
For the third consecutive year, There will also be a virtual component for students unable to attend or uncomfortable with attending in person.
Our virtual component for 2022 is intended to be asynchronous with the in-person element for students who cannot be in Columbus. The virtual component will contain information on fundamentals and allow students to communicate with others who are auditioning as well as members of our student leadership. More information on the content of our Summer Sessions virtual component for 2022 will be forthcoming.
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. A one-time advance registration is required for all students who wish to participate in Summer Sessions.
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 attendance at Summer Sessions is not factored into the audition scoring process.
Summer Sessions will begin on June 7 and run from 6:30-9 p.m. at Lincoln Tower Field south of Ohio Stadium.
2022 Summer Session Schedule (subject to change)
June: 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30
July: 5*, 6*, 7*, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 27
August: 2*, 3*, 4*, 8, 9, 10
*Denotes Focus Weeks
June 7: In-place movements (at east, attention, chair step, horns up, horns down, posture)
June 9: Mark time, mark time drill, arm swing, 8-to-5
June 14: Flanks, flashes, step-forward about face, slow turns
June 16: Regular TTR, box TTR, side steps/step sides
June 21: Backwards marching, slide TTR
June 23: Lateral slides, backward lateral slides, horn slides
June 28: 6-to-5, adjusted step, backward adjusted step, up-step-turn
Short "Beautiful Ohio" memorized (m. 13, optional cut to m. 61)
June 30: Obliques
Week Five (focus week 1)
July 5-7: Review
July 12: Ramp entrance
"Buckeye Battle Cry" memorized
July 14: Ramp review and review fundamentals
July 19: Hang on Sloopy, review fundamentals
"Hang on Sloopy" memorized
July 21: Hats off, step kicks
July 26: Review fundamentals
Long "Beautiful Ohio" memorized
July 27: Review fundamentals
Week Nine (focus week 2)
August 2-4: Review, mock on-the-lines, mock tryouts
"I Wanna Go Back" memorized
Week Ten (focus week 3)
August 8-10: Review and mock tryouts
Two weeks of Summer Sessions will be designated as "Focus Weeks," 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 Weeks are specifically designed to bring you up to speed over a short period of time. The first Focus Week will be July 5-7, and the second will be August 2-4. We unfortunately are not able to provide housing during Focus Weeks.
Instrument check-out is still being determined for Summer Sessions in 2022. Please check back for more information.
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 closed during the summer of 2022 for updates.
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.
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 Weeks (July 5-7 and August 2-4) that each will provide a review of music and marching fundamentals, so you can catch up without having to attend sessions over multiple weeks. Get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know how we can best help you.
Our virtual Summer Sessions, returning in 2022, are also a tremendous opportunity to learn our marching and playing style from anywhere in the world. You can also upload a video of yourself marching to YouTube and our squad leaders will review it and give you feedback.
As an incoming first-year student, you may attend Summer Sessions during your summer orientation! Check the schedule and see if there are any sessions during your time on campus. Often, students will schedule a Wednesday/Thursday orientation to be able to attend Summer Sessions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
Tryouts will be held on August 14-15, with Candidate Days on August 12-13 being required for all who have not been members of The Ohio State University Marching Band before. Tryout registration will open on June 7, 2022. Please check back for any updates to our tryout procedure in 2022.
- 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.).
To help you prepare for Summer Sessions and tryouts, see these links below to PDFs of sheet music. All prospective trumpet and trombone members audition on second part.
Music to be memorized for 2022 auditions includes Buckeye Battle Cry, Fight the Team (chorus/break/chorus only, not tag ending), Hang on Sloopy and I Wanna Go Back.
Percussion (link to external site)