Following a five-day tryout process that began on Thursday, the 142nd edition of The Ohio State University Marching Band was officially selected on Monday night.
The 228-person squad was chosen by Director of Marching and Athletic Bands Dr. Christopher Hoch and his staff. Using a scoring system that combined musical performance with marching expertise, the staff whittled the candidates down from nearly 400 to reach the final total.
Of the 228 selected, 57 are first-time members of the band. Drum Major Konner Barr and Assistant Drum Major Morgan Davis were selected in the spring, and the band’s 35 squad leaders and assistant squad leaders were selected Thursday. The remaining 193 members went through tryouts starting Friday and were announced Monday evening at the Joan Zeig Steinbrenner Band Center at Ohio Stadium.
“This was one of the most competitive auditions we’ve ever had for membership in The Ohio State University Marching Band,” Hoch said. “We had intense competition in each row, and we believe we have an incredibly strong band this year. We’re greatly looking forward to our first performances in front of Buckeye fans in the coming weeks.”
Members of TBDBITL 142 hail from 13 different states: Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
The band began its official rehearsals Tuesday morning and will practice three times each day for the rest of the week. Normal rehearsal schedule begins August 20.
The Marching Band will first perform for a packed Ohio Stadium crowd when the Buckeyes football team takes on Florida Atlantic to open the season on August 31. Kickoff is scheduled for noon. Skull Session will begin at St. John Arena two hours and 20 minutes before kickoff at 9:40 a.m.
The season opener will also play host to the 2019 Reunion Weekend featuring the Alumni Marching Band. This year’s performance marks the alumni’s 51st annual reunion.
TBDBITL 142 Members
Newcomers in italics
Squad Leader: Daniel Clemens
Assistant Squad Leader: Brooklynn Howell
Squad Leader: Kenny Dungan
Assistant Squad Leader: Gordon Weiss
Squad Leader: Brian Vasilou
Assistant Squad Leader: Parker Stephens
Drum Major: Konner Barr
Assistant Drum Major: Morgan Davis
Squad Leader: Amanda Midkiff
Assistant Squad Leader: Olivia Boden
Squad Leader: Matthew Gregory
Assistant Squad Leader: George Smith
Squad Leader: Josh Mack
Assistant Squad Leader: Collin Goltzene
Squad Leader: Jackson Archer
Assistant Squad Leader: Ryan Dunson
Squad Leader: Zach Wurzelbacher
Assistant Squad Leaders: Sarah Wood, Michael Mayer
Squad Leader: Lindsay Hostetler
Assistant Squad Leader: Taylor Thompson
Zach de Mesa
Squad Leader: Anna Hurley
Assistant Squad Leader: Brett Wiemeken
Squad Leader: Sarah Gibson
Assistant Squad Leader: Elaina Liu
Squad Leader: Andrew Tran
Assistant Squad Leader: Vijay Rings
Squad Leader: Bailey Clanin
Assistant Squad Leader: Haley Rohaley
Squad Leader: Dan Saionzkowski
Assistant Squad Leader: Tori Trotto
Squad Leader: Daniel Brinker
Assistant Squad Leader: Scott Weber
Squad Leader: Abby Duncan
Assistant Squad Leader: Dan McGill
Squad Leader: Quintin O’Boyle
Assistant Squad Leader: Jacob Glorioso