TBDBITL Alumni Club

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

2017 TBDBITL Reunion Letter and Registration Form


Reunion is September 23, 2017


OSU vs. The University - Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV)


Kickoff is TBD (likely 12 PM)


Welcome back for yet another reunion of the OSUMB! We sincerely hope you'll have a memorable time - visiting at rehearsal, cheering from the stands, or marching down the ramp one more time. Please take the time to read through the items under "What's New" for a quick update or the entire letter if you haven't been back in a while.


What's New

  • Since there is no ticket limit, please have one person order the total number of tickets for your group. We will no longer seat separately purchased tickets together.
  • If you were a Saturday morning no-show last year, you will not be assigned a marching number until you show up on game day.



The Full Scoop



You will need your "TAG" to register online. 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.


Registration Dates

  • Thursday, June 1: Registration opens.
  • Saturday, July 1: Register by 11:59 PM EDT on July 1 for ticket and Script spot lotteries. I-dotters and Script drum majors will be selected from registrations at that time. Registrations received after July 1 will have Script spot requests filled pending availability. **We will be unable to fulfill ticket requests after July 1.**
  • Friday, September 8: Last day for refunds of instrument fees and lunches.
  • Monday, September 18: Last day to register to play and march (Monday night rehearsal).


Game Tickets

You do NOT need a game ticket to march.

There is no limit on the number of tickets you may order! Therefore, please have one person order the total number of tickets for your group. We will no longer seat separately purchased tickets together.


Pickup of game tickets is in person only (tickets are not mailed). Check the Official Schedule for pickup times prior to Reunion.


If you need handicapped seats (please specify "no stairs" or "wheelchair + companion"), you *must* provide that information when you order your tickets. Handicapped seats are only available on tickets ordered by the deadline.


Schedule of Events

Click here for a tentative schedule of events for the 49th Reunion. The schedule will not be "official" until times and locations are confirmed in early September. Events include:

  • Monday, September 18
    • Monday night rehearsal (Optional - music rehearsal only)
    • Last day to register to play and march
  • Friday, September 22
    • Pre-Rehearsal Family Fun Event (see below)
    • Friday rehearsal (Optional BUT HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - music rehearsal only)
  • Saturday, September 23
    • Saturday rehearsal (Rehearsal starts at 6:00 AM (Assume Noon Kickoff))
    • "Lunch" (see below)
    • Skull Session
    • Football game


Pre-Rehearsal Family Fun Event

Bring the kids and spouse for some pre-rehearsal fun starting at 5:30pm before Friday's rehearsal.


Row/Section/Year Reunions

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



OSU can provide a box lunch for $10 that includes a deli sandwich, pasta salad, chips, fresh fruit, cookie and water. Sandwich choices for 2017 are:

  • Roast beef, with tomatoes, sweet onion jam and Boursin cheese on focaccia
  • Smoked turkey, with bacon, tomato, lettuce and herb aioli on wheat bread
  • Vegetarian "ZLT" Flatbread - grilled zucchini, tomatoes, jalapeno jack cheese and sundried tomato pesto

You can buy these for friends and family, too. Lunches can be picked up after Saturday morning practice (~9:00 AM) at Gate 25 of the Stadium. Remember to bring your lunch ticket to practice!



Monday/Friday Rehearsal: Casual

Saturday: Band members - Red (scarlet) short-sleeved shirt, heather gray trousers, black belt, black shoes, black socks, scarlet ball cap. Drum majors - Red (scarlet) short-sleeved shirt, white slacks (NOT SHORTS), white shoes and white socks.

Shirts and ball caps with the Alumni Band logo can be purchased through Oasis Embroidery. Click here to view the order form. Call (614-785-7266) or visit the store at 6663-R Huntley Road, Columbus OH. Orders can be shipped or picked up at Friday night rehearsal.

Oasis Embroidery will be selling TBDBITL Apparel at the rehearsal on Friday. Oasis will NOT be selling items on Saturday.


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 this year.



Please make every effort to bring your own instrument. If you need to borrow an instrument, please so indicate on your registration. 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.



  • Monday, September 18
    • Practice - 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 22
    • Practice - We are negotiating parking around St. John Arena. Please check www.tbdbitl.com for information closer to Reunion.
  • Saturday, September 23
    • Practice and Game - Free parking available at any "PUBLIC" lot on the OSU campus. Click here to identify "PUBLIC" lots. 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.


There are no blocks of rooms for TBDBITL, however, Greg Daniel at (740) 233-2220 can make recommendations for local hotels.



Instrument fees and lunches are refundable before September 8 for requests submitted via email. Tickets, dues, and registration fees will not be refunded. No refunds will be given for cancellations or no-shows.



  You will be able to reference this letter later on the www.tbdbitl.com/reunion/ page.