OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY MARCHING BAND
Now on DVD!
For 1974, a second expansion of the Marching Band in three years added ten more marchers, making for a 160-piece band of 16 rows and ten files. Now included in the expanded percussion section were four new tenor duos, which gave TBDBITL a new sound. The drum entrance for the ramp was modified, diagonal marching was utilized more often (as were precision drills), and Director Paul Droste welcomed a new Associate Director, Jon Woods. Footage from all home pre-game and half time shows plus the 1975 Rose Bowl performance COLOR film is included on this new double-disk set of DVDs of the 1974 Ohio State Marching Band with Drum Major Rick Gammage!
“Something Old, Something New” – OREGON STATE (51-10) – The occasion of the sixth annual TBDBITL Alumni Band Reunion is also the first game for the new 160-piece band. For this season opener, the band forms reversible OSU’s, then salutes the School of Journalism on its 60th anniversary. “You’ve Gotta Be A Football Hero” and a “WOODY” formation end the pre-game show. At halftime, “Down By The Ohio” fanfare and march open the show and the band plays “MacArthur Park” in concert and drill. The Alumni Band then enters and forms “OHIO” as Jack Evans directs the “Beautiful Ohio” march. Next in a concert formation, the Alumni play highlights from “1812 Overture”, complete with booming cannons! Halftime ends with the third Ohio Stadium performance of the Triple Script Ohio! “Sound of the Campus Chimes” and the playing of “Carmen Ohio” close the show.
“That’s Entertainment” – SOUTHERN METHODIST (28-9) – SMU (east side) and a formation of eyes for the playing of “Hang On Sloopy” are part of the pre-game show. The band forms a state of Ohio football symbol to “Across The Field”, then “Chimes” and “Carmen Ohio” end pre-game. The band enters the field from the north end zone in four company fronts at halftime playing “The Show Biz Opening”. A dance step and dance routine are used during the playing of “Variety Drag” and “Singing in the Rain”. “Somewhere over the Rainbow” is played in a concert formation. Precision drills are used for the playing of “Hallelujah!” and “That’s Entertainment”. A new, slightly enlarged Script Ohio ends the show.
“Sights And Sounds Of The ‘70’s” – WISCONSIN (52-7) – Unfortunately, most of the band film from the Wisconsin game has been lost. However, here is the pre-game ramp entrance and a concert formation from the half show used for the playing of “The Way We Were”.
“Three Giants Of Jazz” – INDIANA (49-9) – “IU”, the United Way logo (“Because I Love Ohio”) and a slanting “OHIO” for the playing of “Chimes” and “Carmen Ohio” are the pre-game formations. The band enters from all four corners of the field at halftime playing “Mood Indigo”, beginning a show which honors jazz artists Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton and Count Basie. A theater marquee which spells out DUKE (“Take The A Train” and “Sophisticated Lady”), then a precision drill to “Caravan”, the formation of moving circles for “Solitude” and a concert formation for “Artistry In Rhythm” precede the show-ending drill and Count Basie’s rendition of “April In Paris”.
“A Tribute To Richard W. Heine” - ILLINOIS (Homecoming, 49-7) – This halftime show begins with Heine’s Antiphonal Fanfare after the band enters from all four sides of the field for the fan favorite “Buckeye Demo”. A sequence drill (“Bell of the Blues”) and a concert formation for the playing of Heine’s “Bolero de Triffon” precede a precision drill (“The Band Played On”) which ends with “HEINE”. The homecoming performance of Script Ohio is dedicated to Heine, who is honored with the privilege of dotting the “i”!
“The Beginnings Of A Nation” – MICHIGAN (12-10) – Pre-game: Following the national anthem, a block “M” (east side) is formed (“The Victors”), then Script Ohio is presented to the revved-up, pro Buckeye crowd. At halftime the band enters the field from the east sideline in four main blocks for “Overture to 1776”. A diamond drill is performed (“Yankee Doodle”), then a scroll and quill pen is formed for the playing of “Chester”, America’s first national song. The grand finale of the last home show of the season is an eagle and banner formation for the playing of “America”.
“Wishin’ You Were Here” (Rose Parade & Rose Bowl Performance) – SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (17-18) – 1974 marked the 25th anniversary of the very first appearance of the OSU Marching Band at the famous Rose Bowl! Shown in this COLOR film is the OSU Marching Band in the Tournament of Roses Parade, and performing the Rose Bowl pre-game and halftime shows. “Buckeye Fanfare” opens the pregame show, as the band enters the field from the south end zone, salutes USC and then performs “The Boogie”. Next, “OSU” is formed inside the outline of the state of Ohio for the playing of the Alma Mater. The eagle and shield formation (with banner) from the Michigan show is utilized for the playing of the National Anthem. At halftime, the band enters the field from the eastern sidelines (“Down By The Ohio” fanfare and drill). Next is a concert formation for the playing of “Wishing You Were Here”. Following that is a drill to “Big Ten Medley” which ends with the words “BIG TEN”. A special split-screen film feature lets the viewer enjoy the show-ending Script Ohio from the perspective of three different cameras - top, medium and close-up, with the close-up camera following drum major Rick Gammage through the dotting of the “i” by senior sousaphone player Thom Peters.
To order this two-disk set of DVDs covering the entire 1974 Marching Band season, send only $49.95 plus $4.00 shipping and handling to:
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NOTE: The 1974 “Skull Session” LP’s have also been re-mastered and are now on CD! The 2-disk set (both the ‘74 season and Mershon Concert) is available for $24.95. Play them in your car!
All profits from the sale of these OSU Marching Band DVDs and CD’s go to the TBDBITL Alumni Club.