John Brennan, a native of Columbus, Ohio, joined The Ohio State University Marching Band arranging staff in 2010. A former five-year member and graduate assistant with the OSUMB, Brennan has earned both his bachelor’s in music education (2009) and his master of arts (2014) degrees from Ohio State. During his time as a music arranger with the OSUMB, Brennan has had quick success with the band. His arrangements were featured in the 2012 viral hit “Tribute to Classic Video Games” halftime show. Additionally, the band has performed his halftime shows at the 2015 Allstate Sugar Bowl, the 2016 BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl and the December 2017 Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic. In addition to the Ohio State Marching and Athletic Bands, he also writes for Arrangers Publishing Company and over a dozen middle school and high school bands across the state of Ohio.
Dr. Ishbah Cox
Dr. Ishbah Cox is Director of Bands at Olentangy Orange High School in Lewis Center, Ohio. He most recently served as the Associate Professor of Bands at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. A native of Notasulga, Alabama, Cox received his bachelor’s degree in music education from Auburn University, his master’s degree in music performance from the University of Alabama, in Tuscaloosa, and most recently his Doctorate of Arts in Wind Conducting with a secondary specialization in Euphonium Performance at Ball State University. In addition to directing the marching and concert bands and teaching music theory at Olentangy Orange, Cox is an accomplished arranger for marching and pep bands. He currently writes for Hal Leonard Corporation, high schools, and universities, including TBDBITL and Penn State’s marching band.
Lisa Galvin is entering her 14th year as part of the arranging staff of The Ohio State University Marching Band. She was a five-year member of the band and received her bachelor of music education degree in 1984 and her master of arts degree in 2006. Galvin served as a graduate assistant for the Marching Band in 2005 and as interim co-associate director in 2014. Currently, she serves as an assistant director of the TBDBITL Alumni Band. Galvin has 30 years of public music education experience in the Reynoldsburg and Hilliard City School Districts. As a performer, Lisa is a founding member and solo hornist with the Brass Band of Columbus and the Athena Brass Band. Her wind band compositions are published with the C.L. Barnhouse company, and she is an active arranger for several high schools and universities.
Andrew Markworth, who is in his fourth year as arranger for the Ohio State Marching Band, is an active composer and arranger in the marching arts activity. He currently resides in Centerville, Ohio, where he is the program coordinator, music arranger and percussion supervisor for Centerville High School. Previously, he was the director of percussion at West Bloomfield High School in West Bloomfield, Michigan, and the director of bands at Centerville High School in Centerville, Ohio. He serves as the music director and front ensemble arranger for Rhythm X, a position he has held since 2006, and as the music arranger for the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps from San Antonio, Texas. Andrew graduated from Miami University with a degree in music education in 2005.
William T. (Ted) McDaniel
William T. (Ted) McDaniel joined the arranging staff of The Ohio State University Marching Band in 1981. He has a bachelor of arts degree from Morehouse College in Atlanta and a master’s degree and PhD from the University of Iowa. He was a band director at Morehouse College and the head of the music department at North Carolina A&T in Greensboro before coming to The Ohio State University. He remains active as a jazz scholar, composer, performer, clinician and arranger. After 35 years, McDaniel retired from the Ohio State faculty in 2015; he served as professor of African American Music, a joint position in the School of Music and the Department of African American and African Studies. He was also director of the Jazz Ensemble and of Jazz Studies at Ohio State, and was a former chair of African American and African Studies.
Jim Swearingen is starting his 46th year as a member of the arranging staff for The Ohio State University Marching Band. He has earned music education degrees from Bowling Green State University and The Ohio State University. Prior to his appointment at Capital University in 1987, he spent eighteen years teaching instrumental music in central Ohio. In recognition of distinguished contributions, Professor Swearingen was recently accorded the title of professor emeritus from Capital University. School directors, student performers and audiences worldwide have enthusiastically received his numerous contributions for band. With over 600 published works, he is one of the most prolific composers and arrangers of concert and marching band music today. In April 2015, the Ohio State School of Music honored Swearingen with its distinguished Alumnus Award.
John Tatgenhorst is well-known as a composer for television, films and commercials, with offices in Chicago and Los Angeles. His music has been published and performed worldwide. Since 1964, Tatgenhorst has written hundreds of arrangements and compositions for The Ohio State University Marching Band that include the “Hey Cheer,” “Go Bucks,” and the official rock song of the state of Ohio, “Hang on Sloopy.” He recently produced the Ohio State Tailgate CDs and cassettes, which are sold at campus and arena gift shops and retail stores. The profits go to the School of Music and student scholarships.
Timothy Gorgas resides in Pickerington with his wife, Erin, and their two children, Corinne and William. He is an assistant band director and percussion instructor for Pickerington High School Central. As an arranger, he has written for bands in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Texas, Oklahoma, and Florida. He has arranged percussion for three DCI drum and bugle corps and has served as the percussion coordinator for the University of Cincinnati Bearcat Band and percussion instructor for the Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps. Tim holds a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Arkansas and a master’s degree in composition from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. This is his first year arranging for The Ohio State University Marching Band.
Music Arranger Emeritus
Richard Heine is responsible for creating the sound of The Ohio State University Marching Band. He composed and arranged music for The Ohio State University Marching Band for more than half a century, starting in his student days during the 1930s. More than any other person, he is responsible for the unique sound of this all-brass marching band. In addition to writing several original compositions, Heine arranged most of the Ohio State school songs that are still in use today. He passed away in 2007.
SGM (ret) Ken McCoy
Music Arranger Emeritus
U.S. Army SGM (ret.) Ken McCoy served as an arranger of the Ohio State Marching Band for 23 years. A former chief arranger for the U.S. Army Field Band and Soldier’s Chorus in Washington, D.C., Ken led a life of music and service — leaving an indelible mark on the OSUMB family along the way. A native of Ironton, Ohio, Ken's arrangements have been performed in all 50 states and around the world. Ken received his bachelor's degree from the University of North Texas and his master's degree from Ohio State — during which time he served as a graduate assistant with the Ohio State Marching Band and began arranging for the ensemble. Ken also was a regular adjudicator for the Buckeye Invitational, the OSUMB's annual high school marching band competition in Ohio Stadium. Ken's legacy at Ohio State includes his arrangement of the Navy Hymn. It was first performed in 1997 and since has become a staple of Skull Sessions and one of the band's most special traditions. Ken passed away in 2018.