TBDBITL Alumni Club

The Best Damn Band In The Land - The Ohio State University Marching Band Alumni

Julian Samuel Ashburn

December 3, 1954 - February 12, 2017

Julian Samuel Ashburn "Jugi" The second child of the late Mrs. Helen Bemse Ashburn and the late Dr. Jacob Julian Ashburn, Julian was born on December 3, 1954, in Los Angeles (Hollywood) California.

At the age of one year, Julian moved to Columbus Ohio with his parents and sister Rachel, in 1955, when his father was called by the Oakley Baptist Church to serve as pastor, after the death of his grandfather, the late Rev. Jacob Ashburn, Jr.

Julian grew up in Columbus, Ohio, on the Hilltop. He attended Second Avenue Elementary School, Westmoor Junior High School and West High School. While at West High School, he was a member of the wrestling team and the state award winning West High School Cowboys Marching Band. He attended the Ohio State University, and there, along with his West High School Marching Band buddies - Aaron Jackson, Moses Carreker, Rick Cooper, Gary Thatcher, and the late John Twitty, became a member of the world famous Ohio State University Buckeyes Marching Band. While a member of the Band, he traveled to the Rose Bowl three times to cheer on the Buckeye football team. Julian had the additional honor of being selected to play as a "Trumpet Cheer".

Julian was an employee of Merk Sharp& Dohme Pharmaceutical Company for many years, serving the Company at their offices in Columbus, Ohio and Covington, Kentucky.

Julian was a superb cook. Known for his melt-in-your-mouth turkey and dressing and tender chitterlings, he often took over those main dishes from his mother when the family hosted Thanksgiving dinner. He was always trying out various appetizers, or "hor d'oeuvres" (as he like to use the French word for appetizer), on his family and friends, who constantly told him he should go into the culinary profession and become a chef.

Two talents that Julian processed that exist among several members of the Ashburn Family were art and humor. He grew up as a member of the Oakley Baptist Church where he sang in the choir and played his trumpet during concerts and seasonal celebrations. He is especially remembered for playing taps at the end of Church services honoring Memorial Day.

Julian left this life on February 12, 2017. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mrs. Helen Bemse Ashburn, and his father, Dr. Jacob Julian Ashburn. He leaves to celebrate his life, his daughter Jacoby Ashburn (Brandon), son, Julian Dustin Ashburn, grandchildren Malania Westbrook and Julian Christopher Douglas Ashburn "Duggie", sister, Rachel Ashburn Mallory, nephew Adam Christopher Mallory (Samantha), grandniece, LaChelle Sophia Mallory, Aunt, Mrs. Hortense Bemse Robinson, Former wife, Apryl Ashburn Dewberry, and a host of cousins and friends.

Julian played trumpet as a member of the marching band from 1972 through 1974.