Our Honor Defend

By Dana Lewin and Monique Bowman

What is it like to lead Ohio State Marching Band into Ohio Stadium on a football gameday?

Two Buckeyes who know that feeling better than anyone are head drum major Konner Barr and assistant drum major Morgan Davis.

The pair was bestowed the honor of leading The Best Damn Band in the Land in April 2018 and they haven’t looked back.

Konner Barr

Not a lot of people can say that they lived out a dream from their six-year-old self, but Konner Barr can. From that tender age until now, attending Ohio State and becoming the spirited leader of the marching band was the goal. In 2016, he earned the role of assistant drum major and held on throughout 2017.

Then in 2018, he became the one tens of thousands of fans first see as the band makes its entrance down the north ramp.

As the 62nd drum major in the band’s history, his duties include overseeing the drum major training squad, the pregame back bend, leading Script Ohio, performing a routine with the gray baton and the pregame goal post toss. Barr also had the privilege of marching with the Buckeyes at the Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City in 2018.

The Ohio State undergraduate part of Barr’s journey concludes in December, as the Gahanna, Ohio, native will receive his degree in strategic communication.

Morgan Davis

Baton twirling is in Morgan Davis’s blood, as she explains that her mother was a majorette and encouraged her daughter to try it out for at least one year. The younger Davis was 10 years old when she first began twirling and after that, there was no longer the need for the one-and-done clause.

Prior to her time donning the Scarlet and Gray, Davis spent four years marching with The Deputies Baton, Flag and Drum Corps in her hometown of Elyria, Ohio, and twirled competitively on the national and international stage.

In Spring of 2018, Morgan made Ohio State Marching Band history becoming the first woman of color to be named drum major. Fans can see her leading one of the Script Ohio formations at select home football games, as well as performing with the Buckeye band postgame. One of her favorite memories so far as assistant drum major is walking with the Buckeyes in Pasadena, Calif., during the Parade of Roses in January 2018.

Davis plans to attend law school once she graduates with her undergraduate degree in sociology/pre-law.