2022 Reunion Letter/Registration

Reunion is September 17th, 2022 against the Toledo Rockets. Kickoff is 7:00 PM!

This year marks the 53rd Reunion and the 50th anniversary of the formation of the TBDBITL Alumni Club.

Please read the following information and then click on the link at the bottom of the page to register.

New Info/Reminders for 2022:

  • Two Registration Deadlines
    • i-Dotters and Drum Majors – Sousaphones and drum majors who want to be considered to dot the i and lead scripts must register by 11:59pm on August 20th, 2022.
    • All other marchers need to register/cancel/change your marching status/etc. by 11:59pm on September 1st, 2022.
  • New vendor for Alumni band uniforms
    • Contact information for Embroidery Design Group is provided below under “Uniforms”. Please place your order by August 26, 2022.
  • Marching options include:
    • “Halftime Only” which includes no pregame, marching halftime only with no Script Ohio. Good for those with limited mobility.
    • “Script Ohio Lottery” which includes marching pre-game, halftime, and potentially Script Ohio (based on registration numbers/lottery results).

Registration & Contact Information

Registration fee is $20.

You will need your “TAG” to register online. Your TAG will be sent to you in an email mid-June. If you want to register by phone, have any problems or questions, or do not know your TAG, please contact Greg Daniel at (740) 233-2220. You can pay by credit card or by check. If you have a question for Reunion Chair Sara Lawhon, please email reunion@tbdbitl.com.

If you have not yet paid your dues, please pay them on the REUNION registration form. Do not use the “Dues” link sent in previous emails.

Physical Condition of Participants

Marching and playing in the Reunion Band is a physically strenuous activity, particularly the Ramp Entrance and Script Ohio. In order to perform, we need able-bodied participants that are physically capable of OSU-style marching and playing through the Saturday morning rehearsal and game time performances. If you have recently had surgery (i.e. knee replacement), have a medical condition such as heart disease, or generally are “out of shape”, PLEASE REGISTER FOR HALFTIME ONLY or purchase a game ticket and enjoy the game and band performances from the stands. This may seem obvious, however, I am asking you to assess your physical condition prior to September 1st, NOT after one ramp entrance during Saturday morning rehearsal.

Registration Dates

  • Mid-June: Registration opens.
  • Saturday, August 20: Drum Major script leads and “i”-dotters will be selected from those drum majors and eligible sousaphone players registered by 11:59 PM EDT on August 20th, 2022.
  • Thursday, September 1: Register by September 1st to be included in the Script lottery. Also the last day to switch your marching preference or cancel your registration.
  • Monday, September 12: Last day to register to play and march (Monday night rehearsal).

Game Tickets

Game tickets are no longer available for purchase through the club due to a change by OSU to electronic ticketing. The link to purchase tickets directly from athletics is provided after your registration has been processed. This year, tickets are in Sections 3A and 6A. Reunion organizers will be happy to help you step through this process – please email Sara at reunion@tbdbitl.com to set up a time to talk.

You do NOT need a game ticket to march.

Three Script Ohios

We will conclude the halftime performance with four FULL 192-piece Script Ohio formations (1 OSUMB; 3 Alumni). To make this happen, we need to have over 620 marching participants by the September 1 registration deadline; we will adjust the number/size of the Scripts to the number of people registered. If more participants are registered by the September 1 deadline, a lottery will be held to fill the Script spots.

Schedule of Events

Click here for a tentative schedule of events for the 53rd Reunion. The schedule will not be “official” until times and locations are confirmed in early September. Events include:

  • Monday, September 12th
    • Monday night rehearsal (Optional – music rehearsal only)
    • Last day to register to play and march
  • Friday, September 16th
    • Golf Outing – more details coming soon!
    • Pre-Rehearsal Reunion Event (see below)
    • Friday night rehearsal (Optional BUT HIGHLY RECOMMENDED – music rehearsal)
  • Saturday, September 17th
    • Saturday rehearsal (Report time is TBD)
    • Dinner (see below)
    • Skull Session
    • Football game

Pre-Rehearsal Reunion Event

Show up early to St. John Arena for some pre-rehearsal fun starting at 5:30 PM before Friday’s rehearsal. We will have entertainment for all ages; young kids through adults.

Row/Section/Year Reunions

If your row, section, or year is planning a party/event, please email reunion@tbdbitl.com so that we may publicize the event.

Box Dinner

Levy Catering can provide a box dinner and water for $15 that includes a deli sandwich, pasta salad, chips, fresh fruit, cookie/buckeye and water. Sandwich choices for 2022 are:

  • Roast Beef
  • Turkey
  • Vegetarian

You can buy these for friends and family too, so please indicate the number on your registration for the entirety of your party. Box dinners can be picked up after Saturday afternoon practice (~4:00 PM) at Gate 25 of the Stadium (southwest side). Remember to bring your box dinner ticket to afternoon field rehearsal, as you will pass by the distribution point following the rehearsal at the field! NOTE: The Reunion team will not be able to bring box dinners back to St. John Arena following rehearsal. Please arrange for someone else to pick up your box dinner if you are not able.

Uniform

It may be “alumni band” but we are the OHIO STATE Alumni Band. Make an effort to find the correct uniform parts!

Your shirt, pants, belt, socks and shoes should look something like these on Saturday morning.

Monday/Friday Rehearsal: Casual

Saturday

  • Band members – Scarlet red short-sleeved TBDBITL Alumni Polo shirt, medium gray trousers (no sweat pants, no leggings, no capris), black belt, black shoes, black socks, scarlet red TBDBITL Alumni ball cap from. Shirts should be tucked into pants.
  • Drum majors – Scarlet red short-sleeved shirt, white slacks (NOT SHORTS), white shoes and white socks.

Pants can be found by searching on-line for “medium gray trousers” or “medium gray dress pants” or have been found pants in-store at Kohls and JC Penney. Meijer usually has all-black tennis shoes that are a comfortable wear for the entire day.

Shirts and ball caps with the Alumni Band logo can be purchased through our vendor Embroidery Design Group at their website: https://tbdbitlalumni.itemorder.com/shop/home/. You may also call 614-798-8152 or visit their storefront at 2564 Billingsley Road, Columbus OH during normal business hours.

Note: there will not be any uniform or apparel sales at any TBDBITL activities Friday or Saturday. You must order directly from our vendor and arrange for shipping to you before Reunion.

Other Vendors

Please email reunion@tbdbitl.com if you wish to have a booth at the Friday night rehearsal, so that a space will be reserved for you. You will need to bring your own tables.

Instruments

Please make every effort to bring your own instrument. Due to school already being in session, and demand for OSU instruments from the Fall Semester Athletic Bands, instrument availability is limited during both Monday/Friday rehearsals and actual Game Day. Call your local high school. Borrow your kid’s instrument.

If you need to borrow an instrument, please so indicate on your registration. Again, you may not get your instrument until Friday evening rehearsal. Drummers are responsible for their own sticks and slings (contact Columbus Percussion at 614-885-7372). Sousaphone players should attempt to bring their own mouthpieces.

Parking

  • Monday, September 12 (evening music rehearsal)
    • Parking around the stadium will be enforced by Campus Parc. Use the pay kiosk machines. You must correctly enter your license plate number in the kiosk machine for your payment to be valid.
  • Friday, September 16 (evening music rehearsal)
    • Parking will be free *north of the French Field House only* for Friday night’s rehearsal from 5pm until rehearsal ends.
  • Saturday, September 17 (gameday!)
    • Free parking available at any “PUBLIC” lot on the OSU campus. A map of “PUBLIC” lots will be linked here when available. Please identify yourself as a member of TBDBITL by leaving a legible note to this effect on your dashboard. If you arrive early, you may offload your instruments, etc., from the St. John Arena parking lot prior to parking your vehicle.

Lodging

You will be responsible for your own lodging arrangements/needs. If you need information regarding local lodging options, Greg Daniel at (740) 233-2220 can give you a list of hotels, but you will be responsible for making your own reservations.

Cancellations/Refunds

Instrument fees and lunches are refundable before the September 1 deadline for requests submitted via email. Dues and registration fees paid to TBDBITL will not be refunded.