TBDBITL Alumni Club

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

2019 TBDBITL Reunion Letter and Registration Form

Reunion is August 31, 2019 against the Florida Atlantic Owls. Kickoff is TBD.

This year marks the 51st Reunion for the TBDBITL Alumni Club.

Several reminders for 2019:

  • "Non-script" is no longer a marching option. 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 numbers/lottery results).

Registration & Contact Information

Registration fee is $15.

You will need your "TAG" to register online. Your TAG will be sent to you in an email on or around May 23, 2019. 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, May 23: Registration opens.
  • Sunday, June 16: Register by 11:59 PM EDT on June 16 for ticket requests.
  • Thursday, August 1: Register by 11:59 PM EDT for the Script spot lottery. I-dotters and Script drum majors will be selected from registrations completed by 11:59 PM EDT, August 1. Registrations received after August 1 will have Script spot requests filled pending availability.
  • Wednesday, August 14: Cancellation deadline.
  • Monday, August 26: Last day to register to play and march (Monday night rehearsal).

Game Tickets

Game tickets this year are $70 each.

You do NOT need a game ticket to march.

Pickup of game tickets is IN PERSON ONLY (tickets *will not* be mailed). Check the Schedule for pickup times at OSU prior to Reunion.

ALL TBDBITL Members are eligible to purchase game tickets! Up to 30 tickets may be purchased by registrants **before** the June 16th deadline. Should you need to purchase game tickets after June 16th, please order them directly from ticketmaster.com.

If you need tickets together with a friend, need handicapped seats (please specify "no stairs" or "wheelchair") or have someone else picking up your tickets, you *must* select that information in when you order, prior to the deadline. No changes can be made to handicapped seating after June 16th. I will not know the exact location of the game tickets until mid-August. Elevators will be available to our general ticket location.

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 fill 576 Script positions by the August 1 registration deadline; otherwise, we will adjust the number/size of the Scripts to the number of people registered. If more than 576 people register before the August 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 51st Reunion. The schedule will not be “official” until times and locations are confirmed in early August. Events include:

  • Monday, August 26th
    • Monday night rehearsal (Optional - music rehearsal only)
    • Last day to register to play and march
  • Friday, August 30
    • Golf Outing - more details coming soon!
    • Pre-Rehearsal Family Fun Event (see below)
    • Friday rehearsal (Optional BUT HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - music rehearsal)
  • Saturday, August 31
    • Saturday rehearsal (Report time is 6:00 AM, assuming we have a 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 5:30 PM before Friday's rehearsal. We 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.


Levy Catering can provide a box lunch for $10 that includes a deli sandwich, pasta salad, chips, fresh fruit, cookie/buckeye and water. Sandwich choices for 2019 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 if Noon kickoff) at Gate 25 of the Stadium. Remember to bring your lunch ticket to practice! NOTE: We are unable to bring lunches back to St. John Arena following rehearsal. If you cannot pick them up at Ohio Stadium Gate 25, DO NOT order a lunch!


Monday/Friday Rehearsal: Casual

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

Shirts and ballcaps 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 Apparel can sell TBDBITL Apparel on-line: www.oasisembroidery.com Click on the TBDBITL Apparel Tab on the left. The official Password is: ROGER

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. 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. 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, August 26
    • 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, August 30
    • Practice – Parking will be free around St. John Arena for Friday night's rehearsal from 5pm until rehearsal ends.
  • Saturday, August 31
    • 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.


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.


Instrument fees and lunches are refundable before the August 14 deadline for requests submitted via email. Tickets, dues, and registration fees will not be refunded.

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