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David Medkeff

David Medkeff with Brutus Buckeye

I’m so proud of how the Men’s Glee Club continues its legacy to represent the university. For me, MGC was an oasis in campus life, a place to use a different part of my mind in a powerful, joyful collaboration. Professor Staiger always got the best out of us and organized a fun, busy performance schedule. What a privilege it was to represent Ohio State.

I graduated from Ohio State in 1977 with an education degree in industrial technology. I worked in the automotive business and manufacturing, then owned an auto parts business for 32 years. 

During that time, I always enjoyed singing in church and choruses around Cincinnati. I would catch the Men’s Glee Club whenever they came close to home. 

From my time in MGC, I often think about the folks who hosted us in their homes after our concerts on the road. In Ashtabula, an Ohio State alumni couple took four of us men home. We were joined by other Buckeye friends of theirs. As we enjoyed their hospitality, our host shared that when Ohio Stadium first laid down artificial turf, he purchased some midfield sod in a fundraiser and it was growing in his front yard. 

Well, of course the group had to see it. So by porch light in the cold, we all went out in the front yard to touch and admire the sod. We all agreed what a fantastic, sacred site he had created. 

What fun people we met. How generous they were to us students and how eager they were to express their appreciation and love of Ohio State. I truly believe “life is the people you meet,” and I will be forever grateful to have met Professor Staiger and, of course, all my fellow brothers in song. 

On March 4, my wife and fellow Buckeye, Betsa Marsh, and I will sponsor the choirs of The Ohio State University for a community concert at our church in Cincinnati. We look forward to sharing our love of the Ohio State choral tradition with our friends, family and students who love to sing — and who might be looking for a friendly choir just up I–71.

— David Medkeff, '77