Oct. 31, 2011
To watch the video of Script Ohio from Saturday night click above.
Video made by Alex Morando, Ohio State Athletics Communications Intern
“The Incomparable Script Ohio,” the signature formation of The Ohio State University Marching Band, has delighted generations of Buckeye fans and foes alike, dazzling spectators with its unforgettable music, complex marching maneuvers and world-renowned dotting of the `i’. What started as a simple halftime presentation 75 years ago has grown into one of the most recognizable traditions in college football and an inspiring symbol of The Ohio State University and Buckeye pride.
Katie Bingmer, a native of Canal Winchester, Ohio, dotted the ‘i’ Saturday night in the Horseshoe.
Four members of the 1936 band – Bob Lukens, James Rimelspach, C. Clark Hammitt, and Dick Reid – along with Mary Deetz, daughter of former marching band director and Script innovator Eugene Weigel, were honored in celebration of the historic occasion and 75 years of memories.
First performed by the Michigan Marching Band in 1932, the rendition made famous by “The Best Damn Band in the Land” debuted in October 1936 at a home football game against Pittsburgh or Indiana (the actual date of the first performance has been subject to debate). Marching to the beat of the Buckeye Battle Cry and ending the performance with a dotting of the `i’ by trumpet player John Brungart, the 120 performers that took part in the show that day had no idea of the piece of history they had created.
Since that time, thousands of talented musicians have spelled out those famous four letters at football games from coast-to-coast. And although a sousaphone player now dots the `i’ of the 193-member formation to the tune of the French military march Le Régiment de Sambre et Meuse, the original spirit and showmanship of the 1936 version remains.
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