Zubrod's taste for improvement was again exemplified by his dramatic entrance while executing the salute to the field. His preliminary stop kick, parade rest and salute were magnificent. He gave the maximum in height to his vertical kick with great physical agility attacked each movement in a karate fashion.
The trend for the drum majors to perform to music was established back in the '30's (throwing the baton up during a crescendo in the music) but never really blossomed until the '70's. Most expert baton twirlers appearing in shows today master routines and perform in a rigorous manner regardless of the music's tempo. At Ohio State, each new show, with new music, requires great flexibility in preparing the manner in which a drum major is to perform. He must relate to the overall performance of the band. Variabilities, such as wind, can change plans instantly. OSU drum majors know generally what they intend to do in a show but also create on the spot.