TBDBITL Alumni Club

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

2018 TBDBITL Reunion Letter and Registration Form

Reunion is September 22, 2018 against the Tulane Green Wave. Kickoff is TBA!

This year marks the 50th Reunion for the TBDBITL Alumni Club. We have a great show planned this year and many activities leading up to game day. So, call an old friend, attend a row party – come to Columbus this September and help make our 50th Reunion the best yet!

New This Year

  • A $25 cancellation fee will be assessed to game-day no-shows.
  • "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 20, 2018. 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

  • Sunday, May 20: Registration opens.
  • Sunday, June 17: Register by 11:59 PM EDT on June 17 for ticket requests.
  • Friday, August 3: 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 3. Registrations received after August 3 will have Script spot requests filled pending availability.
  • Wednesday, September 5: Cancellation deadline.
  • Monday, September 17: Last day to register to play and march (Monday night rehearsal).

Game Tickets

Game tickets this year are $75 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 Official Schedule for pickup times at OSU prior to Reunion.

ALL TBDBITL Members are eligible to purchase game tickets! Up to 25 tickets may be purchased by registrants **before** the June 17th deadline. Should you need to purchase game tickets after June 17th, 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 June 17th. No changes can be made to handicapped seating after June 17th. I will not know the exact location of the game tickets until September 7. 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 3 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 3 deadline, a lottery will be held to fill the Script spots.

Schedule of Events

Click here for a tentative schedule of events for the 50th Reunion. The schedule will not be “official” until times and locations are confirmed in early September. Events include:

  • Monday, September 17th
    • Monday night rehearsal (Optional - music rehearsal only)
    • Last day to register to play and march
  • Friday, September 21
    • Pre-Rehearsal Family Fun Event (see below)
    • Friday rehearsal (Optional BUT HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - music rehearsal)
  • Saturday, September 22
    • 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.

Lunch

OSU can provide a box lunch for $10 that includes a deli sandwich, pasta salad, chips, fresh fruit, cookie and water. Sandwich choices for 2018 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!

Uniform

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.

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. 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.

Parking

  • Monday, September 17
    • 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 21
    • Practice – Parking will be free around St. John Arena for Friday night's rehearsal from 5pm until rehearsal ends.
  • Saturday, September 22
    • 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.

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 September 5 for requests submitted via email. Tickets, dues, and registration fees will not be refunded. Saturday morning no-shows will be charged a cancellation fee of $25.

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