Edwardsburg alumni join Ohio State bandPublished 12:23pm Thursday, September 17, 2009
Two Edwardsburg High School alumni were participants in the greatest tradition in college band history on Saturday, Sept. 5, as they marched in the Quadruple Script Ohio formation in Ohio Stadium in Columbus.
Alex Hall, a 2007 EHS graduate, and Andy Hall, a 2008 graduate, were both selected as members of the 2009 Ohio State University Marching Band in try-outs that ended Wednesday, Sept. 2.
Former astronaut and Senator John Glenn and his wife Annie were honorary “i”-dotters for one of the Script Ohio’s. Sen. and Mrs. Glenn joined a very elite group of non-band members to dot the “i”, a group that includes entertainer Bob Hope, coach Woody Hayes, and golfer Jack Nicklaus. This is considered the greatest honor the band can bestow to any non-band person and is an extremely special (and rare) event.
The OSU Marching Band is celebrating 75 years of being the largest all brass and percussion band in the world.
The 225-member band is known as “The Pride of the Buckeyes,” and is perhaps best known for the incomparable Script Ohio.
This year, over 380 candidates auditioned for the 192 non-squad leader spots. This includes returning members from last year’s band, who must try out every year. With the band announced on Wednesday night, members had to memorize music and marching maneuvers on Thursday and Friday in order to perform the show on Saturday.
Alex Hall is a third-year student in engineering, and Andy Hall is a second-year student in communications. The Hall brothers followed in their father’s footsteps, as Doug Hall was a member of the OSU Marching Band from 1982-1986, also as a trombone player.
On Saturday, Doug marched as part of the 715 Alumni Band members celebrating their 41st reunion. Doug is an engineer at Honeywell in South Bend and serves as a trustee on the Edwardsburg Board of Education.