Summer Sessions are a student run rehearsal taking place on Tuesdays and Thursdays during June, July, and August. These sessions teach candidate members all of the marching and playing fundamentals and prepare incoming candidates and veterans for the Ohio State University Marching Band’s tryout process and the marching band season.
All Summer Session participants must complete a one-time online registration form before attending any Summer Sessions.
While Summer Sessions are an important tool that can be used for veteran members and candidates alike, attendance is not required to audition for the marching band.
Anyone unfamiliar with Ohio State’s campus can download this OSU Campus Map to help find their way around. There is visitor parking around Ohio Stadium that is Pay-and-Display and the rehearsals take place on the Lincoln Tower fields.
Tuesdays and Thursdays are outdoor rehearsals, including an outdoor drumline sectional and outdoor marching session. Students are expected to wear attire suited for physical activity (gym shorts, athletic shoes) and be prepared for a physically demanding night. Outdoor rehearsals will be used to teach playing technique and approach to marching while wearing the instrument. This is especially helpful for candidates that have never played Ohio State’s more traditional style (including snare drums on slings, flipping of cymbals, and tenors while high step marching). The marching section will consist of instruments breaking off into their own small groups so the squad leaders can teach and refine the fundamentals that the band is expected to learn that evening. The band will then return to a full block and march drill and play school songs while marching. After the session is over, attending members will receive feedback on their marching and playing performances. This enables members to work on their weaknesses outside of Summer Sessions, helping to refine their technique and ultimately improve their marching skill.
The Ohio State University Marching Band utilizes 43 different marching fundamentals. While this may seem daunting at first, it should not discourage anyone from auditioning. The fundamentals are spread out over the course of two months, giving students ample time to learn and refine these fundamentals in preparation for tryouts. Summer Sessions also cover maneuvers that are not fundamentals, such as the Ramp Entrance and Hang On Sloopy. The band will also march and play school songs, oftentimes using to-the-rears to reverse face and play another song back down the field. This helps develop a candidate’s proficiency in marching and playing in the traditional style.
Below is a list of Summer Session dates and the fundamentals that will be covered and fundamental videos. It is the expectations of the Squad Leaders that candidates will look ahead to the upcoming session and watch the portion of the video that correlates to the fundamentals that will be covered. The videos below run through each and every one of these fundamental maneuvers. Each instrument has their own video posted below. These videos can be a valuable tool, allowing students unable to make it to Summer Sessions a certain evening to still have the fundamental explained and demonstrated to them and other students to look ahead and learn the fundamentals for a night before the session starts. This allows these students to understand how the fundamental works and spend their time at Summer Sessions getting feedback and improving upon these marching moves.
Summer 2020 Schedule
2020 AUDITION SCHEDULE:
Thursday, July 30
Music audition sheet made available to all students registered for tryouts.
Friday, August 14
Squad leader music audition videos due at 12 p.m. (noon)
Wednesday, August 19
Veteran and new candidate music audition videos due at 12 p.m. (noon)
Thursday, August 20
Veteran band members whose music audition necessitates completion of a marching audition will be notified by 5 p.m.
Saturday, August 22 (under Scenario 1 – see below)
Marching audition videos due at 12 p.m. (noon)
Saturday, August 22-Thursday, August 27 (under Scenario 2 – see below)
Live marching auditions for the 2020 OSUMB
MUSIC AUDITIONS – REQUIRED FOR ALL VETERANS AND NEW CANDIDATES
Music auditions will be required for every student who wishes to be a part of the 2020 OSUMB. Any veteran band member whose music audition necessitates the completion of a marching audition will be notified by Thursday, August 20, at 5 p.m.
Video content for music audition:
Introduction – please introduce yourself by name, instrument, hometown, year in
school, major (say “undecided” if you don’t yet have a major!), and 2020 year in band (1st through 5th)
Guidelines for creating videos:
- The entire tryout sheet should be played in one sitting. There should be NO editing of audio or video during the tryout sheet playthrough, including any time taken between playing exercises.
- The video must clearly show your face, hands and instrument throughout the audition.
- Take the time to get your setup working for you. If you have multiple devices that you could use to record (video camera, smartphone, computer, tablet), use the device that provides the best AUDIO quality. Experiment with different distances as well (e.g. your sound might be best recorded with your device on a music stand, or it might be best from a table across the room). Do plenty of testing and listen to yourself to decide what represents your best musicianship.
- Upload your video to YouTube as an unlisted or private video, being sure to allow the video to be seen by people with the link. Send the link in an email with subject “Marching Band Music Audition – Instrument – Name” (ex. Marching Band Music Audition – Trombone – Phil Day) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
MARCHING AUDITIONS – SCENARIO 1: VIDEO SUBMISSIONS (Candidates and Select Veterans)
This scenario will be followed if:
- The first home football game occurs on September 5 or September 12, AND
- The band is expected to perform a pregame and/or halftime show at the first game
All new candidates (and selected veterans) will be asked to complete a brief video audition to include selected marching fundamentals. The list of required fundamentals will be available once it is determined that this scenario will be followed during the tryout process.
Video auditions will include the following:
Introduction – please introduce yourself by name, instrument, hometown, year in school, major (say “undecided” if you don’t yet have a major!), and 2020 year in band (1st through 5th)
Marching Fundamentals – fundamentals will be selected from the published list of fundamentals for the OSUMB. Specific requirements will be announced on or around August 1.
Requirements for effective audition videos:
- All drills and in-place movements should be performed at approximately 144 bpm.
- Videos must clearly show your full body and the instrument throughout the audition. All fundamental videos should be taken from a side view with enough distance to show yard line locations and a full view of the marching area. Having a person operate the camera (to allow for panning) is permitted, although we ask that you please maintain safe social distancing throughout the process.
- Take the time to get your setup working for you. If you have multiple devices that you could use to record (video camera, smartphone, computer, tablet), use the device that provides the best VIDEO quality. Do plenty of testing and watch your video to determine what works best.
- Upload your video to your appropriate Summer Sessions Google Classroom by 12 p.m. (noon) on Saturday OR to YouTube as an unlisted or private video, being sure to allow the video to be seen by people with the link. If you use YouTube, send the YouTube link in an email with subject “Marching Band Marching Audition – Instrument – Name” (ex. Marching Band Marching Audition – Trombone – Phil Day) to email@example.com.
- Regardless of which method you use to upload, marching videos are due by noon on August 22, 2020.
If Scenario 1 is followed, the 2020 OSUMB will be announced via LIVE Zoom meeting on Monday, August 24, at 7 p.m.
MARCHING AUDITIONS – SCENARIO 2: IN-PERSON AUDITIONS FOR CANDIDATES ONLY
This scenario will be followed if:
- The first home football game occurs after September 12, OR
- The band is not expected to perform a pregame or halftime show at the first game
All new candidates (and selected veterans) will be assigned to rows prior to auditions. Marching auditions will be evaluated by each row’s squad leaders and assigned staff members.
Candidate audition dates and times:
Saturday, August 22 – Candidate Day, required for all new candidates and squad leaders.
Squad leaders and candidates will have time to meet and prepare the required fundamentals in a socially distanced setting. Each section will meet at a designated time, TBD.
Sunday, August 23
2-3:30 p.m. (trumpet auditions); 3:35-4:05 p.m. (marching and playing)
6-7:30 p.m. (trombone auditions); 7:35-8:05 p.m. (marching and playing)
Monday, August 24
9-10:30 a.m. (mellophone auditions); 10:35-11:05 p.m. (marching and playing)
1-2:30 p.m. (baritone auditions); 2:35-3:05 p.m. (marching and playing)
5-6 p.m. (drum major auditions)
Tuesday, August 25
4:10-5:40 p.m. (sousaphone auditions); 5:45-6:15 p.m. (marching and playing)
Wednesday, August 26
4:10-5:40 p.m. (percussion auditions); 5:45-6:15 p.m. (marching and playing)
If Scenario 2 is followed, the 2020 OSUMB will be announced via LIVE Zoom meeting on Thursday, August 27, at 4:10 p.m.
- Drinking 8-12 ounces of water four hours before the beginning of practice, then again two hours before practice. During practice, drink fluids early and as often as thirst and common sense drive. Sports drinks might be helpful for heavy sweat situations.
- Eat healthy carbohydrates and foods with lean protein in the meals before practice (e.g. turkey sandwich on whole grain, quinoa with chicken, chicken marsala). Fruit is always a performance food for the carbs and electrolytes as you get closer to start time. Pretzels or similar low fat chips can help with fueling and hydration.
- Wear comfortable athletic clothing and good athletic shoes.
- Warm-up before marching by stretching.
- Start becoming familiar with our school songs (Across the Field, Buckeye Battle Cry, etc.).
For more information regarding Summer Sessions visit the OSUMB’s website.
For more information regarding tryouts visit the OSUMB’s page on tryout information.