A First-Person View of Ohio State's Marching Alumni Band

By Jason Priestas on September 10, 2013 at 2:10p

Cleveland.com's Ari Wasserman has an uncle that plays in the Ohio State alumni band, so he did the only sensible thing: slapped a GoPro camera to his head and had him film Saturday's show.

My uncle, Michael Wasserman, who was drummer in Ohio State's marching band from 1972-74 – years that all resulted in trips to the Rose Bowl – marched as part of the alumni band when the No. 3-ranked Buckeyes hosted San Diego State on Saturday. I met him at St. John Arena for the Skull Session and weaseled my way down to the floor (the Cleveland.com pass gets you places, you know).

As I sweated profusely – it’s way too hot in St. John Arena – I strapped the camera to his head and instructed him to hit play before he hit the field. I had a panic attack all morning that he would have hit the wrong button or it wouldn’t work, but I was happy to see that it came out great.


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AndyVance's picture

I always wondered what it would be like coming out of that tunnel with 105,000 screaming fans surrounding you... This was awesome.

BuckeyeQ6's picture

As an alumn of TBDBITL myself (2002-2006), there is nothing like it.  It is very surreal to be on the field during the ramp entrance and Buckeye Battlecry or Script Ohio and to live part of the tradition.  It a real blessing to be a part of the band where fans are so supportive.

TBDBITL0509's picture

My first time down the ramp was pretty much the coolest, scariest thing I've ever done. The veterans will try to tell you to not pay attention to the crowd, but it's really hard. I was confident as I made my way down the ramp, and then I looked out into the South end zone. I got so nervous I nearly tripped at the bottom of the ramp.
That many people just screaming their heads off, and the sheer size of the crowd - it can be overwhelming if you try to process it in the moment.

causeicouldntgo43's picture

The older I get, the bigger the size of the lump in my throat as soon as the band appears from the tunnel, the drums are pounding, the whole stadium is clapping in unison..........sorry, just got a little verklempt there (tear on keyboard)....

Seth4Bucks's picture

That wasn't first person view, I'm much shorter in real life.
Very cool video and now I wish I'd picked up an instrument as that would've been my only shot at being on that field in any sort of uniform. I blame my defective (read short and unathletic) parents for my lack of a heisman trophy or two.

Buckeye in Illini country's picture

There can be only one Archie... only one without defective parents for him to earn a Heisman or TWO.

Columbus to Pasadena: 35 hours.  "We're on a road trip through the desert looking for strippers and cocaine... and Rose Bowl wins!"

Buckeye in Illini country's picture

Not a perspective you get to see everyday.  It would be awesome if they had the same footage doing Script Ohio with the alumni band.  Nonetheless, that was great.

Columbus to Pasadena: 35 hours.  "We're on a road trip through the desert looking for strippers and cocaine... and Rose Bowl wins!"

jfunk's picture

I can't believe no one thought of this before! The band should make this a regular thing.

Scotch: It may be too early to drink it, yes; but people it is never to early to think about it.

Earle's picture

Do yourself a favor.  Put this on fullscreen and watch it.  If it doesn't give you goosebumps, see a physician.

Snarkies gonna snark. 

Buckeye in Illini country's picture

I agree completely.  I especially got a chill going up my spine when the flags went up and the team ran onto the field at the end.

Columbus to Pasadena: 35 hours.  "We're on a road trip through the desert looking for strippers and cocaine... and Rose Bowl wins!"

jeremytwoface's picture

Someone did this last year as well.... Might even be the same person.
And I can't stop watching it.

And when we win the game, we'll buy a keg of boooooooooze!! And we'll drink to old Ohio 'till we wobble in our shoes.

Denny's picture

Hey I know that guy good hustle Mr. Wasserman A+ effort.


Doc's picture

Just cool as hell.  Full screen really gives you a feel of the size of the crowd.  That really made my afternoon.  Thanks!

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LABuckeye's picture

On a related note, even our alumni band is better than most school's marching bands...

Poison nuts's picture

Yep - like it said - very cool.

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

Menexenus's picture

That.  Was.  AMAZING!
Thanks for posting!
Go Bucks!

Real fans stay for Carmen.

Spriggz's picture

I may or may not have burnt my dinner while watching this video. Worth it.

Mirror Lake Jump's picture

This is such a cool perspective. I had tears in my eyes when Carmen was playing.

harleymanjax's picture

In high school I played the biggest bass drum and you really can't see where you are stepping with that thing strapped to the front of you. Every year we went to Wright State for band camp, and they would have us marching all over the place. Well we were marching across a parking lot and down a hill and I tripped over the parking lot curb and fell on top of my drum causing me to roll down the hill and take out a few fellow band members!

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

buckeye_heart's picture

Thank you for that. That was awesome. Next we need a 1st person view of doing script Ohio.

Kalamazoo Steve's picture

When does the SI story come out that we pay our band members? That kind of talent ain't free.

And yes, I said we. Move on.

Haybucks's picture

Awesome to see TBDBITL members marching from ground level. Thanks for posting 11W Staff and Jeremy2face.

If the world comes to an end, I want to be in Cincinnati. Everything comes there ten years later. -  Mark Twain


pjtobin's picture

Very cool. Thanks for sharing. 

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad. 

avail31678's picture

I actually saw him!  My wife and I commented how it was cool that one of the guys had a head cam.  Great stuff - it was worth it!

Cusbuck's picture

This was awesome...gave me goosebumps !

I'm not saying,  I'm just saying.