Friends and fans of TBDBITL,
The Ohio State Marching Band has been bullied all season long by the athletic department into reducing the amount of time we spend on the field at pregame and halftime, and also told to not play our horns in the stands while the stadium plays music over the speakers. And because of this season-long treatment, we need your help.
To get an idea of the treatment we have received this year, I just wanted to bring to your attention some events that will not be taking place this weekend at the game. Traditionally, following Script Ohio, the band would play Carmen Ohio. However, due to the Ohio State Athletic Department (Gene Smith, Diane Sabau, Mike Penner) the band has been FORCED to cut this for a SECOND week. However, there is another, more important segment that will be rushed through...
The introduction of non-returning 4th and 5th Year marching band members will be accelerated due to timing. However, the team will get 7+ minutes for introductions, as well as 2+ minutes for videos and can music played through the stadium. Please help out our 4th and 5th years that have worked so hard for the past few years to get the RESPECT that they deserve from the Athletic Department that they are taking away from us. And let's not forget that when the football team falls short, many fans fall back on the band stating, "At least we still have the best damn band in the land." And that has to count for something
I am asking that Alumni, fans and current members of the Ohio State University Marching Band write RESPECTFUL and MEANINGFUL Letters to the people mentioned above along with President E. Gordon Gee, and hopefully we can get this fixed before Penn State. Thank you very much for your help, and please be respectful in your messages to the athletic department.
Here is a link to the Athletic Directory for quick reference. Thank you once again for all of your support. http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/staffdir/osu-staffdir.html