Much is made about the importance of time-management for Ohio State student-athletes. However, those same metrics apply to members of the Best Damn Band in the Land, whose responsibilities account for 30-hour work weeks in the fall.
It can be tough to manage classes, the band, and also maybe a job. Thankfully for the band, the 100% TBDBITL campaign seeks to raise $10 million by the end of 2018. The university will match the first $6 million.
If successful, each current and future band member would receive at least a $3,000 scholarship.
Legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus and his wife, Barbara—both Ohio State alumni—are taking a focal point in the fundraising effort.
“We both grew up in Columbus, so Ohio State and the marching band have been a part of our lives forever,” says Barbara Nicklaus ’61. “Once you delve into how many hours a week the members work to be able to perform, you realize each one them is deserving of a scholarship. I mean, there’s no way they could have an outside job.”
The marching band, Jack Nicklaus adds, “is part of the excitement and passion at Ohio State and very much a part of its tradition.”
You can watch Jack and Barbara reflect on their connection to the band and Jack's 2006 dotting of the "i" in the video above.