The Best Damn Band in the Land is Headed to Oz

By DJ Byrnes on July 17, 2014 at 12:31p

The Best Damn Band in the Land's ballerness needs no recourse in this realm, but it appears Ohio State's band will put its own remix on the 1900 novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

As with anything featuring TBDBITL, it sounds delightful.

Here's the band's director, Jon Waters, giving some insight at the Columbus Metropolitan Club during a panel discussion (via The Columbus Dispatch):

“We’ll start with a tornado on the field that picks up the house. Dorothy will be on her journey to get back to Ohio. You will see flying monkeys; some crazy, wonderful things. We will have a great time with a Buckeye spin on this wonderful, historical film."

The Wicked Witch of the West, true to the novel's roots (It's been a while since I've read it), will hail from Michigan.

There are also rumblings Dr. Michael Drake, Ohio State's newly-installed president, could make an appearance as the Wizard of Oz.

It's unknown when this performance will be held, but the band will perform at all seven home games. They'll also appear in Baltimore against Navy, and two other, yet to be decided, away games.


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O-H Kee Pa's picture

It'll be for either Tech or scUM. It's set up for the Wicked Witch to be wearing scUM paraphernalia.

-1 HS
avail31678's picture

I go to church with the Waters better believe I'll be asking him when it is.

+2 HS
Deano's picture

I can't remember our band doing a "the villain in maize and blue"  for The Game.

Every other game of the year, yes.  But not The Game.

I would bet on one of the other three home Big Ten games.

Brave and Bold's picture

You would be correct. TBDBITL tends to try and do something more complicated, both music and drill wise, when scUM comes to town. I would count on something big for The Game, but definitely not this show.

avail31678's picture

This is awesome.  My mom and aunts ADORE the Wizard of Oz, to the point of it being a little odd.  Please let this be done at the UC game where I can get live video!!

+1 HS
O-H Kee Pa's picture

While I hope they do it at the UC game for your mom and aunt, I would hate to think that we dignified UC with our best halftime show of the year.

-2 HS
SilverBullet-98's picture

Why not dignify fellow OHIO resident with "Thee Ohio State Marching Band"?

You don't think Ohio own residents are worthy? What difference what school, this  Ohio State band isn't in a direct competition with UC.

Gice the fine folks from Cinncy the pleasure of hearing their State's Band!!!!

"The Past Builds the Future"

sharks's picture

Now that this is public, watch some bootleg band like Bama's try it first

A man got to have a code...

causeicouldntgo43's picture

Will there be fireworks?

+12 HS
Bucki78's picture

"But I don't have to rely on a lot of people to tell me about the traditions of Ohio State. I lived it, I breathed it, I know it and I love it." - Urban Meyer

+7 HS
216ToThe614's picture

The unnamed away trips are MSU and PSU

Pick up your feet, turn your corners square! And DRIVE DRIVE DRIVE!!!

MechBuckeye's picture

I still remember the night game against Nebraska being in utter amazement of what they did.

+1 HS
Shangheyed's picture

Can't wait... 'there is no place like Home' with the TBDBITL. 

Bucki78's picture

Is this the part where we are dreaming without Mr. Waters?

"But I don't have to rely on a lot of people to tell me about the traditions of Ohio State. I lived it, I breathed it, I know it and I love it." - Urban Meyer