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Tryout Update | August 12-14

While we are disappointed we will not be able to perform in front of The Best Damn Fans in the Land at athletic events this fall, our staff is working hard to ensure that our students still have a meaningful experience as part of The Ohio State University Marching Band and Athletic Band.

We are currently developing curricula for our two band courses that involve virtual performances as well as in-person elements while maintaining an emphasis on following health guidelines to keep our students and staff safe.

Students who are interested in taking part in the marching band are encouraged to continue their preparations and submit their music auditions by the previously established deadlines. Marching auditions are not taking place this semester.

All plans for our season are subject to change. For up-to-date information, please continue to check this page.


Tryout Update | August 7

The 2020 tryout format has been updated. Music auditions are still being conducted via video, but marching auditions will be conducted in-person for all candidates and selected veterans. Follow this link for full details.


Tryout Update | July 23

This afternoon, we have released a new schedule and format for our 2020 tryouts. Follow this link for full details.


Tryout Update | July 13

With August coming up quickly, we wanted to provide an update to our planned tryout schedule.

Nothing has officially been cancelled or changed yet, but we are anticipating that tryouts are likely going to look different this year compared to the past. We want to assure everyone that we are working on solutions that will be not only equitable for everyone trying out but also provide safety for our current students, future students, judges and staff. We still anticipate putting together the 143rd edition of the Ohio State University Marching Band, and we are still planning for a season.

With that in mind, our tryout registration form has officially opened on Monday, July 13. We hope that everyone planning to try out signs up. While we cannot commit to a date to provide more information, please check back in the coming weeks for further updates.


Thank you for your interest in becoming a part of The Ohio State University Marching Band! Registration is required to participate in tryouts.

To register, please fill out the form here.

The Ohio State Marching Band is an all-brass-and-percussion marching band. There are plenty of opportunities for woodwind players at Ohio State, though! Many woodwind players learn to play a brass or percussion instrument and have had success in making the band. For other opportunities, learn more about our Athletic Band program or other concert bands in the School of Music. 

All candidates that have not been members of the Marching Band in past years are required to attend Candidate Days. These days are meant to introduce new candidates to what will be expected during tryouts.

For additional practice on our music and marching fundamentals, we encourage you to attend Summer Sessions, our optional rehearsals that run from June through early August.

2020 Tryouts Schedule

Full information available at this link.

Thursday, July 30

Music audition sheet made available to all students registered for tryouts.

Wednesday, August 19

All music audition videos due at noon.

Saturday, August 22

Students who auditioned will be informed of the results in a Zoom meeting at 5 p.m. A notice will be posted on the band website shortly after the meeting is over.

General Tryout Information

Tryouts will consist of music auditions submitted via video and marching auditions that will be video-based and in-person based on university guidelines and the football schedule. Full information on 2020 tryouts can be found here.

Instruments will be available for checkout beginning July 31 for squad leaders and August 7 for all others.  Any student who needs an instrument for tryouts should contact the band office at 614-292-2598 OR osumb@osu.edu.

Marching Fundamentals -- Not Necessary in Fall 2020

Those trying out for The Ohio State University Marching Band will also need to know the fundamentals of our marching style. More information can be found in the newly updated fundamentals guides:

Tryout Music

For tryouts, candidates must have two songs memorized: Fight the Team and Buckeye Battle Cry. Candidates must also perform the appropriate tryout sheet for their instrument, which contains musical exercises. The tryout sheet will be made available to those who have registered three weeks prior to tryouts. The tryout sheet does not need to be memorized.

Housing During Tryouts

Housing is not available during tryouts this year.

Rehearsal Schedule After Tryouts

Rehearsal schedules for the band following tryouts have not been finalized yet this year. Please check back for more information.


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