• Drum Roll Please: Elyria Man will lead OSU marching band

    • By Bruce Bishop, The Chronicle-Telegram
    • May 2002

    COLUMBUS- Adam Prescott came to the Ohio State marching ban drum major tryouts Tuesday as the veteran – it was his job to win or lose. And from the moment he stepped on to the field it was clear Prescott would be tough to beat. The former Elyria High School Pioneer Marching Band drum major took on five challengers who wanted his spot as leader of the OSU band, but they failed Avon Lake grad Eric Sommer assistant drum major last year was one of those challengers. Prescott's nearly flawless show started with the ramp entrance that involves a 40-yard high-stepping sprint onto the football field and ends with a baton toss that scraped the ceiling of the cavernous Woody Hayes Athletic Center indoor practice facility. High winds forced the tryouts to be inside, and for Prescott that was god news. "I was really happy when they moved it indoors because the winds were really worrying me," he said. "As soon as that happened I felt like everything was going to go well."

    For Sommer the competition was difficult. After a sharp ramp entrance Sommer had several drops in the twirling routine and in the high aerial tosses. The mistakes cost him points and the judges chose Kathryn Mitchell, of Columbus, who is a second-year drum major squad member, as the OSU band's new assistant drum major. Going into the competition Prescott said he was confident but not overly confident.

    " I was worried about something off the wall happening– my foot getting caught in the turf or maybe getting hurt during my routine," he said. "I wasn't really worried about hitting the ceiling. I practiced in here, and I figured even if I hit it I could still catch it and the crowd would really be into it."

    The drum major job required physical skills like any athlete. Since I came to college I train like a varsity athlete. I work out about two hours to four hours a day, I watch my diet closely, lift weights and I do gymnastics, stretch out and run."

    He earned the drum major's job for another yea, but Prescott is thinking about bringing in competition. He house future competitors will continue Loraine County's dominance in the drum major corps.

    The dominance includes Matt Bally, former Elyria High School standouts who was an OSU drum major and present at the tryouts, and Cory Thompson the OSU Drum Major in 1996-97, and Avon Lake grad Scott Sommer who held the post in 1998. Prescott said he would like to see another Elyria High School Pioneer band member – Derek Boyle – choose Ohio State.

    " He's the current drum major at Elyria High School and is graduating this year," Prescott said, "he's kind of wavering about what he wants to do… If we can get him here I think he has a great shot."

    The reason he should choose Ohio State is pretty simple, Prescott said. "You're standing in the tunnel al alone. Then you run out and the sound of the crowd rushes over you and you have 100,000 people watching you," he said, "It doesn't get any better than that."