TBDBITL Blows the Doors Off the Shoe

By Johnny Ginter on October 27, 2013 at 8:07a

I really don't know how to express how insane some of this stuff is. The Ohio State University Marching Band has always been amazing, but the last two years or so has really seen an incredible evolution take place in terms of choreography and creativity that's kind of astonishing to watch. The rest of the country has to be on notice: this is how you do a halftime show.


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rightfield's picture

Thanks for posting the video of the halftime show. That was unbelievable.

Its good to be the king

Chief B1G Dump's picture

Yeah it was. Wow. I thought the TRex eating was unreal.
They have to use some sort of cumputer modelling to come up with that stuff, right?

GoBucks10's picture

Computer programs are generally used now to choreograph all the individual sets to the music.  Take the TRex for example.  There was probably a set every 8-steps per marching Buckeye to trace it out.  Put it all together and you get glorious motion.

"Because I couldn't go for three."  - Woody Hayes

gosolow2000's picture

The only the thing that would have made the T-rex thing better, is if they had made it shit out a turd after eating the Missagain fan.

NW Buckeye's picture

There was a write up somewhere of how the band has implemented iPads to display the music and the marching formations on the go for the band members.  They use them instead of sheet music during practice, and it shows the accompanying steps.  Pretty cool stuff. 

mb5599's picture

this is one of the things that makes college football so much better than pro football. 

Big B

sharks's picture

Can we just double the band director's salary?  He's a savant.
THAT'S why FAMU didn't bring their band up here.

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45has2's picture

The only move FAMU has is twerking.

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bucksfan92's picture

Waters's imagination in coming up with these shows week after week is very impressive! 

741's picture

I want that Golden Snitch costume to run around (drunk) in downtown Columbus at the Highball Halloween.

Shayla39's picture

This is just so good there are not adjectives to describe it!  
The creativity is off the charts.

ChicagoBuckMD's picture

OSU's band is just going off this year! No offense to the now-retired Dr. Jon Woods, but the absence of the 2-3 yearly tributes to dead 1800's Russian composers is not missed at all.

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GoBucks10's picture

Absolutely incredible

"Because I couldn't go for three."  - Woody Hayes

OSUNeedles's picture

Best one since the Video Game Tribute that won Waters the permanent job as director. Dude is crazy.

MN Buckeye's picture

What a show! And with a reminder to PSU that THEY ARE NOT OUR RIVAL!

Matt Gutridge's picture

It was fun watching the PSU Blue Band stand on the sidelines watching TBDBITL show them how a halftime show is done.
I'm sure the Blue Band felt like the Nittany Lion football team...completely outmatched, outclassed and dominated.

rdubs's picture

It's getting to the point where we need a weekly column dedicated to the band's performance.  Every week I say wow that was their big show of the season and then the next week they moon walk and then the next week they eat a ttun fan as a giant TRex.

GoBucks10's picture

How can we upvote this more?  This would be a fantastic idea!  EW Editors, you need to get a detailed evaluation of the marching show in addition to all the defense/offensive breakdowns.

"Because I couldn't go for three."  - Woody Hayes

sloopy88's picture

I would love to hear more about the band and from any current/past members about their perspective on it.  A regular column would be terrific.

TBDBITL0509's picture

One person came to mind immediately: I was in TBDBITL with a guy who sometimes covers OSU Lady BB for Buckeye Battle Cry. Unfortunately, Charles now lives Down Under. 
Plenty of folks from my era in the band read 11W, though. I'm sure it wouldn't be hard to connect the dots and get someone on this.
On a personal note, what the band is doing these days is crazy. While I know it was an honor and impressive feat to be in the band 10 years ago (I mean, people asked me for my autograph), this band is doing things I couldn't imagine. I'm blown away.

sloopy88's picture

edit: sorry, doublepost

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

That halftime show was GOD. 

Class of 2010.

Menexenus's picture

TBDBITL showed Penn State who our REAL rival is! 

Real fans stay for Carmen.

Brutus's picture

Who/what did the T-Rex eat?  Also, I love that in the midst of a game against PSU, even the band is thinking about our true rival.  So demeaning.

hetuck's picture

Someone wearing a blue #98 jersey doing a Heisman pose. Any guesses?

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cajunbuckeye's picture

That was AWESOME! TBDBITL continues to raise the bar every Saturday.

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BuckGnome's picture

Your move, China.

OSUPhilosopherAndHomer's picture

I didn't even see the T-rex eat Gardner the first time I was too busy gawking at how the legs were moving like that! Good show guys keep it up! We appreciate all the time you guys put in! 

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pjtobin's picture

Sweet. TBDBITL  does it again. Holy smokes. 

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Squirrel Master's picture

FUCKING AMAZING! The whole show was awesome but they started with the best. That superman saving the building was incredible. 
There are no others, only the ONE!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Kurt's picture

My girlfriend's comment: good thing they let the other band go first.

Scott's picture

This was just incredible to watch. The crowd noise during parts of this show were at game time levels.
I'd also like to point out that this show was immediately preceded by PSU's band forming a triangle. A triangle.

Class of 2008

Geraffi's picture

Triangles are reeeeealy hard to make!  Especially isosceles!

CALPOPPY's picture

+1 just for spelling isosellis isawsowlees isosceles correctly.

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Buckforlife's picture

There was a drunk girl sitting next to me who was REALLY mad that their band kept forming crooked lines. It was pretty funny. 

No relation to OSUFORLIFE...

William's picture

This is amazing. 

Geraffi's picture

Unreal!  I Love TBDBITL!

buckeye92's picture

That is just amazing.  Congrats to TBDBITL!

Oldschoolbuck's picture

Having briefly been a band geek in HS, I have to say that learning a complicated show like that is incredibly difficult (not that we did ANYTHING even remotely similar! From the sound of it, our HS band show was on a par with State Penn's). That is freakin' amazing!
The BDBITL is killin' it every time out!

Toilrt Paper's picture

No more stodgy old afraid to take a gamble band directors. Waters is a one of a kind genius.
Just like the football team, every band member has an IPad that has all of that week's individual steps programmed in. That each member can memorize and practice on his own.

TBDBITL0509's picture

Be careful; Jon Woods mentored Jon Waters. Woods did some amazing things when he was director. It's too bad YouTube wasn't a thing when the Rose Bowl Star Wars show from 1997 went down. That was the stuff of legend. We did part of it 5 years later during my rookie year and it was damn complex.
I'd think of it like this: Woods was Tressel and Waters is Urban. Both are great, but in completely different ways. We should consider ourselves lucky to have had either at OSU.

Poison nuts's picture

Makes me that more more proud to be a Buckeye. They really are The Best...Amazing.

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BME_Buckeye's picture

Love it.

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FitzBuck's picture

We are so lucky to have TBDBITL.  
They provide us with the only half time show I will sit through instead of running to the bathroom. Now we need them to televise so we don't have to listen to May give his opinion for 30 mins.  

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

AngryWoody's picture

I was at the game and my whole section was screaming and yelling stuff like "HOLY SHIT" etc. It was awesome. The "Blue Band" from Penn State wasn't even close.

Our Honor Defend!

40 Degrees North's picture

There must be some Buckeye fans at the UK Daily Mail in London. The folks there have covered several Ohio State stories the past couple of years. 
TBDBITL has always been fantastic. It has taken a dramatic step forward under the leadership of Jonathan Waters. It seems like this band is getting coverage from national and international media sources after every halftime performance. People want to see this band. You can see it with the views on YouTube. This band is a special group. No university in the country has a group like this.

ryanosu03's picture

What a fantastic job by TBDBITL.  Thanks for posting this!

asinghal31's picture

I ask this because I have no idea, but does the band learn their halftime shows during the week leading up to the games? Or do they learn them all beforehand and then practice them the week they're performing them?

AngryWoody's picture

They learned this show in a week.

Our Honor Defend!

TBDBITL0509's picture

Most shows are learned in a week, but some get a little more time due to bye weeks or non-band away games. This was a 5 day show as the above poster mentioned.

BuckeyeMark's picture

This is incredible.  And I totally agree: MORE BAND COVERAGE IS A GOOD THING!

setman's picture

I would love to see the BTN have a weekly show dedicated to the weeks band performances around the conference during the halftime shows. Performances like this really warrant such attention, far more than replaying the same game of the week for a fifth or sixth time.

Persian Eagle's picture

When I talk to people about being an Ohio State fan, I sometimes (jokingly) say that the band is more popular than the Football team. Maybe I'm only half-joking.

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MichiganBuckeye222's picture

The facebooks is buzzing up here in Michigan!  All the Michigan fans are getting these videos posted to their walls

Representing the Buckeyes in the Mitten State since 1987.



DeepSouthBuckeye's picture

Absolutely incredible.

Loving all things Buckeye from SEC country in Alabama.

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