Today is the first official day of Summer Sessions in preparation to make the 2020 edition of The Best Damn Band In The Land. We are so excited to see the improvement that candidates make as people and as players.
If you have yet to sign up for Summer Sessions, it is not too late. Visit the link below to sign up. Afterwards, you will be placed into a Google Classroom where fundamental videos will be made available. Furthermore, squad leaders will send personalized feedback on candidate’s marching and playing.
We hope that you have remained safe and well during this time. We cannot wait to get back and drum together!
Drive, Drive, Drive…
Due to The Ohio State University’s policy on moving school to online instruction for the rest of the semester, we will not be having sectionals until at least Wednesday, April 1st. We will send an announcement closer to that date in regards to whether or not we will hold the sectional.
In the meantime, don’t hesitate in asking last year’s squad leaders questions that you may have. Instead of viewing the interim time as an interruption, view it as an opportunity to work ahead. Keep bumping the tempos up, focus on the fundamentals, get new rep under the hands, and keep preparing for the summer and beyond. You are only as good as you practice!
Additional information can be found at: https://tbdbitl.osu.edu
Until next time,
It’s the start of spring break for us, but that does not mean that the progress stops! The tempo goals remain the same from last week (which can be found in our previous post), but we encourage you to push your hands and get better. In addition, now is a great time to get ahead and learn the rest of Buckeye Technique.
We’ll meet back on the 18th. Until then,
Sorry for the delay in posting the tempo goals for next sectional.
- #1: 192 BPM
- #2: 156 BPM
- #3: 132 BPM
- #7: 138 BPM
- In addition: #6: 118 BPM [Beginning to letter A]
We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!
After a short 2 months, we are back for winter/spring sectionals starting next Wednesday! Any high school through college age student is welcome and encouraged to attend if you plan to tryout at some point in the future. Drums and cymbals are provided, just please bring sticks and a print out of the Buckeye Technique packet. The dates for sectionals will be as follows.
March 4th, 18th
April 1st, 8th, 22nd, 29th
All sectionals will be held at the Steinbrenner Band Center (1961 Tuttle Park Pl, Columbus, OH 43210), located on the Northeast side of Ohio Stadium.
Sectionals will go from 6:30pm to 9pm and begin in the percussion room. Any changes to sectionals will be posted on this website so be sure to check back here from week to week!
For next weeks focus sessions, everyone will be meeting at 4 pm instead of 5 pm for extra sectional time. Mark and a few drum techs will be working with individual sections so it will be a great opportunity to get a more personal and in depth discussion about improvements you can make coming into these final weeks before tryouts.
Also a reminder that all requirements for the music audition are available to those that have registered for tryouts. Once registered, you should receive and email with this information.
Great focus week this week! Tryouts are a little over 4 weeks away and it will come fast.
Musically, we went through the mash up a lot this week, keep working through that. Also make sure we are looking at BT #7, To Each Their Own, and the rest of BT.
Another great night of practice last night! Mark is out this week so we are mostly doing sectional work. Our goals for this week include…
- To Each Their Own (All the way through)
- All of BT #9
- Section Jams (Agog, Ramified, Canorous)
- Cadence series
- All previously set goals
This will be the last week of learning fundamentals so make sure you are keeping up on the marching side of things!
Thank you to all that came and stuck it out through the rain last night! Here are the goals.
- Have all of Buckeye Technique ready to play, while meeting tempo goals set by previous sessions.
- Snares, Tenors, and Bass Drums: Look at your section specific Jam, (Agog, Canorous, and Ramified), we will likely play these on Thursday as well as much of next week.
- Keep working on Everyday Jam.
- Also, start looking at school songs. Fight the Team should be memorized for marching an playing on Thursday!
Let’s keep getting better!
Thank you to all that came out and braved the weather this evening! Here are goals for next week.
- BT#1: 220 bpm (playing 8 8 24 24 iteration)
- BT#2: 200 bpm
- BT#4: 140 bpm
- To Each Their Own: Have this under your hands
Start working on section jams, we will work in sectionals on these the last week of June!