• Jack Nicklaus dots the "i" in Script Ohio

    • By admin
    • October 28, 2006

    Jack Nicklaus dotted the "i" in Script Ohio this Saturday during the halftime show of the OSU vs. Minnesota Game. The sousaphone section of the Marching Band made the invitation to Jack because of his contributions to The Ohio State University and to the world of professional sports.

    The following is an excerpt from the "Ohio State Notebook" published in THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH , Sunday, October 29, 2006, written by Tim May , Ken Gordon and Rob Oller

    Golden Bear dots " i "

    Winning the Masters may be more emotional, but Jack Nicklaus still got a lump in his throat while dotting the "i" during the Ohio State marching band’s halftime rendition of Script Ohio.

    " I’m always a pretty emotional guy, and to have something like this ... Ohio State has meant so much to my life, and Columbus," said Nicklaus, who left college early to turn professional in 1961. He has since received an honorary degree from OSU.

    Nicklaus walked arm-in-arm with the drum major to the designated spot and waved to the crowd.

    "I guess it went well," he said. "I got my part right … A fraternity brother of mine sent me a baton the other day that was probably 40 years old and said, ‘I want you to practice with this. I don’t want you to embarrass any of us."  

    Jack marches in step with band behind the drum major.
    "Are you ready?"




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  • Alumni Day in Ohio Stadium

    • By admin
    • September 2, 2006
  • 2006 Drum Major Training Squad (D-Row) Selected

    • By admin
    • August 30, 2006

    Marching Band tryouts were held this week and four students were selected to be part of D-row (The Drum Major Training Squad). Congratulations to Josh Halter, Henry Golatt, David Root and Sam Henold.

  • Article: 'Student with WJ ties earns spot as OSU drum major'

    • By admin
    • June 5, 2006

    By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

    When The Best Damn Band In The Land takes the field this fall, a West Jefferson native will lead the way.

    Stewart Kitchen, 19, son of Chris and Mitzi Kitchen, formerly of West Jefferson, and grandson of Pete and Sue Kitchen, owners of Kitchen’s Cardinal grocery in West Jefferson, is Ohio State University’s new drum major.

    Kitchen competed May 9 against last year’s drum major and assistant drum major, both fifth-year seniors, and came out the winner. The achievement is one to which the young man has been looking forward for a long time.

    “I’ve been going to OSU football games since I was 4,” Kitchen said. His mother is a graduate of the university, along with several members of her family. His father and his family are avid Buckeye fans, too.

    “My favorite part always was when the drum major would run out on the field and do the back bend,” he said. “As soon as he takes the field, the entire stadium goes wild just for him. I wanted to be that guy.”

    For Kitchen, the journey to becoming that guy began his sophomore year in high school when he went to see a graduate from his school dot the “i” in Script Ohio at an OSU home game.

    “At that time, I met the drum major briefly. Then I met him again that year at the Fiesta Bowl in Tempe, Ariz., when OSU won the national championship. That’s when I decided I want to be drum major,” Kitchen said.

    He actively pursued the goal by enrolling in OSU’s free drum major training for high school students. Every Monday and Wednesday night of his junior and senior year, Kitchen drove an hour one way from his home in Kenton (Hardin County) to the Columbus campus. The first proof of success came his senior year when he was named drum major at Kenton High School.

    Upon starting college at OSU last fall, Kitchen signed up for D-Row Squad, through which he served as an understudy for marching band members. His job was to fill in for anyone absent for Script Ohio and to continue training. All drum major hopefuls must spend a year in D-Row to be eligible to tryout for the big gig.

    Kitchen put in his time, tried out, and this spring achieved his goal. Now, he’s responsible for recruiting new drum majors and overseeing the high school training program. He must know Script Ohio inside and out, and he serves as president of the OSU Twirling Club.

    “I’m also an ambassador not just for the band but for the university,” said Kitchen, who already has been called on for special performances with the OSU Alumni Band and for the university’s College of Agriculture.

    Jonathan Waters, OSU’s assistant marching band director, said Kitchen will make an excellent ambassador.

    “The job of a drum major is important within the band. He or she is the figurehead leader in charge of fronting the band,” Waters said. “Stewart is going to be the perfect person to do that. He is well respected by the band members, and he has great leadership credentials.”

    Waters said Kitchen has the potential to be “one of the best” drum majors OSU has ever had, thanks to his athleticism and showmanship.

    Energetic creativity appears to be Kitchen’s trademark. While he won’t tinker with the entrance ramp routine, which has remained relatively unchanged since the marching band’s inception, Kitchen does plan to put his own stamp on half-time.

    “What makes my routine unique is gymnastics and athleticism,” he said.

    The former high school wrestler and soccer player constantly works on strength and conditioning. “ A lot of people don’t realize the workout that goes into being drum major. I run, lift weights and workout all the time,” Kitchen said, adding that his girlfriend, a member of OSU’s all-female cheerleading competition team, helps him with his gymnastic moves.

    Anyone involved in OSU football game days has to be in shape, if for the endurance only. Kitchen’s game days will begin with a 4:30 a.m. wakeup call to allow time to report to the Steinbrenner Band Center at Ohio Stadium by 5:30. While the band runs through scales and songs, Kitchen starts stretching and warming up. Between 8:30 and 9, the band heads to the practice field to run through the shows. After “lunch” at 10 a.m., the whole crew heads to St. John Arena for the first performance of the day, Skull Session, during which the drum major is featured for one or two songs. After Skull Session, the band marches to the stadium for the game. Their schedule then includes pre-game, half-time and post-game shows.

    “When it’s all done, the band is dismissed and we try to go celebrate a Buckeye win,” Kitchen said. Kitchen is a 2005 graduate of Kenton High School and an animal science major at OSU. He was honored last month as one of the top 12 outstanding freshman student leaders at the university. His father is a 1979 graduate of West Jefferson High School.

  • Drum Major Tryouts: Big Victory for OSU Frosh!

    • By ADMIN
    • May 9, 2006

    Stew Kitchen, an Ohio State Freshman from Kenton, Ohio was selected to be the Head Drum Major for the Ohio State Univeristy Marching Band's 2006 season. Kitchen, who is the first graduate of The Drum Major Training Program at Ohio State University overtook the incumbent Drum Major, Alex Neffenger of Columbus, Ohio, and Assistant Drum Major, Dan Nash, of Whitehall, Ohio, to win the top spot in his first tryout.

    Kitchen began his pursuit of becoming an OSU Drum Major in the winter of his junior year of high school by attending weekly training sessions held at Ohio State and lead by the OSU Drum Majors, past and present. In his senior year of high school Kitchen lead the Kenton High School Marching Band, who was well represented at the OSU Tryouts in the form of a bus load of supporters who raised Kitchen on their shoulders in celebration of his victory.

    The three candidates performed for a packed crowd, which also included TBDBITL Alumni, fans, the OSU Athletic Band and a panel of judges. Each candidate displayed their skills at the traditional OSUMB "ramp" entrance, a twirling performance to the song "Autumn Leaves", and baton skill demonstration of five high-tosses.

    Dan Nash, a Senior, retained the position as Assistant Drum Major.

    "The OSUMB is very fortunate to have three strong candidates trying out for Drum Major, and an even stronger pipeline of students coming up through their Drum Major Training Program. Stew has a lot of great potential and will benefit from having an experienced and strong assistant in Dan Nash. The future is bright." said Adam Prescott, OSU Drum Major 2001-2002.

    In addition to the honor of being drum major in the upcoming fall season. Both Kitchen and Nash will receive the TBDBITL Alumni Club Scholarships. As Head Drum Major, Kitchen will receive full in-state tuition and Nash will receive partial.

    If you are interested in seeing the newly selected drum major in-action, watch for him to be performing with the TBDBITL Alumni Band in the Worthington Memorial Day Parade (Monday, May, 29th at 10 am) and other Alumni & OSUMB events.

  • Article: 'Kenton grad selected Ohio State drum major '

    • By Admin
    • May 14, 2006

    Photo and Article By DAN ROBINSON, Times staff writer


    COLUMBUS - When the Ohio State Marching Band takes the field this season, it will be led by a Kenton High School graduate. Stew Kitchen was selected to be the band's drum major at tryouts Tuesday night at the OSU practice field.

    Steve Ganger, Kenton High School band assistant, who was the director when Kitchen was drum major at KHS, was one of several Kenton residents to make the trip to the auditions.

    "It was really exciting," said Ganger. "Stew really looked great."

    Three candidates were hoping to lead the band this season, including a fifth-year senior who was the drum major last year, said Ganger. The third candidate was the assistant drum major in 2005.

    But when freshman Kitchen took the field, said Ganger, the difference in the three was obvious.
    "Stew looked really sharp," he said. "He was faster and more athletic. He was a great choice."

    First Printed in the Kenton Times : www.kentontimes.com

  • 2006 Drum Major Clinic Summary

    • By admin
    • April 23, 2006

    April 23rd, 2006 marked the annual Ohio State University Marching Band High School Drum Major Spring Clinic. Over twenty-two high school students attended the event. For a few students this was their first experience using a grey baton and seeing the beautiful grounds of the Ohio State University. The weekend began with an amazing Buckeye victory at the Annual Spring Game and ended with a group question and answer session at the Steinbrenner Band Center. Students were taught the traditional Ramp Entrance, basic and advanced twirling, and given leadership knowledge. In addition to the members of the OSUMB’s D-Row, over six alumni drum majors were present at the weekend event to help teach the students. The next training events will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the Band Practice Field.Thanks to everyone who attended the clinic and Go Bucks!!

  • 2007 Drum Major Selected

    • By admin
    • May 10, 2007

    Congratulations to Stewart Kitchen of Kenton, Ohio for being selected as head drum major for the 2007 Ohio State University Marching Band! Josh Halter of Newark, Ohio was selected as the assistant drum major.

  • 16th Annual Spring Drum Major Clinic Recap

    • By admin
    • April 18, 2007

    The Ohio State University Marching Band and The Ohio High School Drum Major Training Program hosted the 16th Annual Spring Drum Major Clinic in April. The first clinic was held in 1992, with only one student. Today the clinic has grown to over 20 students from more than a dozen different school districts across Ohio. This year students and parents had the opportunity to attend the Ohio State University Spring Football Game and watch the 2006 Drum Major, Stewart Kitchen, perform at halftime with the Spring Athletic Band. On Sunday, participants meet to learn valuable lessons about leadership and drum majoring from TBDBITL Alumni Director Dr. Paul Droste and Alumni Drum Majors Bruce Hart ('82-'83) and Cyril Costoff ('44). Marching Band Director, Dr. Jon R. Woods and a University Admissions Counselor also addressed the eager crowd. The attending students then spent 5 hours learning the traditional Drum Major ramp entrance (including strutting) and basic to advanced twirling from the assembled current and alumni Drum Majors. The exciting afternoon wrapped up at the Steinbrenner Band Center watching video highlights of accomplished Drum Majors over pizza and sodas. All of the students and families expressed enthusiastic desire to attend the 2008 Clinic, tentatively scheduled for April 19th and 20th, 2008.