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Marching Band Youth Concert

Friday, November 3, 2023  •  10 a.m.

Mershon Auditorium, 1871 N. High St.

Ohio State Marching Band Youth Concert

The Ohio State University Marching Band earned its name as The Best Damn Band in the Land by developing famous marching band innovations, including floating and animated formations, script writing, and the fast cadence with a high knee lift. The band’s Script Ohio is considered by many to be the most memorable tradition in college band history.

Carrying on the tradition of excellence that dates back to the late 1800s, the 228-piece “Pride of the Buckeyes” is one of the few college all-brass-and-percussion bands in the U.S. and is acknowledged as the largest of its type in the world. An ensemble that includes student members from all over the country, the OSUMB strives to continue a legacy of hard work, determination and Buckeye pride while performing at Ohio State football games and other events during the autumn semester.

This special concert is open to school groups of all ages.

Enjoy demonstrations of instruments, selections from the season's halftime shows, school songs and more.

  • All seats are $8. No tickets will be issued.
  • Bus parking is FREE.
  • Registrations are on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Count all students, chaperones and bus drivers who will attend the concert carefully before registering. Refunds can only be made if the School of Music cancels the event. (Note that bus drivers may not be able to attend if final bus parking is across or off campus. Details will be shared when available.)
  • Approximately one week after we receive your reservation, we will email Welcome Instructions containing (1) your invoice with payment instructions; (2) a confirmation letter with details for arrival, parking, attendance and dismissal; and (3) a map.

The reservation form for School Group Coordinators is now Closed.

Deadline: Monday, Oct. 23

Public Concert

The public Marching Band Hometown concert will be held Sunday, Nov. 5, 2023 at 3 p.m.

Tickets go on sale Monday, Oct. 2 at 10 a.m.

Additional Youth Concert Opportunity

The annual Music Celebration Youth Concert will be held on Friday, Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. The public concert is at 7:30 p.m. that evening.

Mershon Building

Planning Your Visit

The youth concert begins at 10 a.m. Please arrive at the location indicated in your Welcome Instructions (this may be a drop-off point other than Mershon Auditorium) between 9–9:30 a.m. to allow the staff to assist with unloading, bus parking, walking to Mershon, entering the auditorium and getting groups seated.

The concert lasts approximately 70 minutes, with no intermission, and dismissal can take up to 30 minutes. Plan your return to school for lunch accordingly, or make alternate arrangements. There are no accommodations for eating lunch in Mershon Auditorium and no good options for a large group to eat on campus.


Mershon Auditorium does not have an elevator, with only stairs to access balcony seating. Main floor wheelchair accessible seating is available for guests with mobility-based needs and their companions. Current ADA standards allow for companion seating of 3 people maximum. To plan accessible seating in advance or make other accommodation requests, please  email accessibility@wexarts.org or call 614-688-3890 as soon as possible. Visit the accessibility web page on wexarts.org to learn more about what is provided at Mershon Auditorium.


  • Details for bus arrival, drop-off and parking will be provided in your Welcome Instructions. There is no fee for bus parking.
  • If arriving by car or van, proceed directly to the Ohio Union South Garage. Parking fees are $16 for 4 hours. This garage utilizes Pay-on-Foot machines that are located on the ground floor and bridge level elevator lobbies. Take your ticket with you and pay on your way back to your car. Use the paid ticket at any exit lane. Receipts for paid parking are offered at the time of payment. Please do not lose the ticket. Lost ticket fees are high.
  • After parking, it is a short walk to the intersection of 15th Ave. and High St. to Mershon to join your group in the lower lobby.


Email Tamara Morris or call 614-247-7036.