• OSUMB Hosts High School Drum Majors at OSU vs. Minnesota Game

    • By admin
    • September 27, 2008

    On Saturday, September 27, 2008 the OSUMB hosted two talented high school drum majors in their senior year. These two students are active participants in The Drum Major Training Program at The Ohio State University. The students and parents were invited to spend game day with the marching band and get an upclose, behind-the-scenes experience of what it's like to be an Ohio State Drum Major. They were chaperoned during the day by current squad member, Josh Searcy.

  • Drum Major Clinic held in Massillon, Ohio (again!)

    • By admin
    • July 22, 2008

    Drum Major, Josh Halter and Assistant Drum Major, Sam Heinhold held another High School Drum Major Clinic at Massillon High School, thanks to Jason Neel (OSUMB 94-97), band director of MHS. Eight students from 6 local high schools attended.
    Here's a picture of the group that attended.

  • Regional Drum Major Clinic Held in Massillon, Ohio

    • By admin
    • May 28, 2008

    The newly appointed OSUMB Drum Major, Josh Halter, traveled to Massillon High School along with Alumni Drum Major Brian Berendts (92-93) to meet with 10 students from 6 different schools in Northeast Ohio in the 2nd Annual Drum Major Regional Clinic. Despite rain showers, which caused the training to relocate indoors, the students came away with new skills to bring back to their high school marching bands, and strengthen their high school's drum major position. Special thanks once again goes to Jason Neel (OSUMB 94-97), band director of Massillon High School's 'Tiger Swing Band" and the band boosters for making the outdoor and indoor facilities available.

    Josh Halter and the Assistant Drum Major, Sam Heinold, will return to Massillon High School on Sunday, June 22nd for another regional clinic. With existing or new drum major programs at Avon Lake, Elyria, Boardman, Dover, North Olmstead, Streetsboro, St. Ignatious and Massillon - this is an opportunity to reach these students who have difficulty traveling to Columbus on a regular basis for twirling and strutting instruction.


  • Article: 'Best Damn Drum Major'

    • By Buckeye Lake Beacon
    • May 17, 2008

    Read this article on Josh Halter winning Drum Major, published May 17th in the Buckeye Lake Beacon Journal. It's a great front page article! Way to go Josh.


  • Article: 'Lakewood grad named Buckeye drum major'

    • By admin
    • May 6, 2008

    Lakewood grad named Buckeye drum major Ohio State sophomore has been in bands since fifth grade
    By ABBEY STIRGWOLT, Advocate Reporter, (www.newarkadvocate.com)

    NEWARK -- The silver baton of the Ohio State Marching Band passed into the hands of Lakewood High School graduate Josh Halter on Tuesday.

    Though the reality of being named drum major of The Best Damn Band In The Land hasn't hit him yet, he said it's also something he's been pondering for quite a while.

    "I don't think it's sunk in just yet," Halter said. "It's a big goal that I set for myself, and to finally achieve it at such an early point in my life ... it's just an incredible feeling."

    Halter, a 2006 graduate of Lakewood High School and now a sophomore at Ohio State, has been involved in band since he was in fifth grade. He was Lakewood High School's first drum major and, as early as high school, had begun eyeballing the possibility of a drum major title and started to attend training at Ohio State.

    "It was kind of a trying time because at the time (Lakewood was) up for a school levy, and it was kind of rumored if that didn't pass we wouldn't have a marching band that fall," he said.

    When he was accepted at Ohio State, Halter joined D-Row, the training program for potential drum majors. He was promoted to assistant drum major last school year and triumphed at tryouts this week to become drum major.

    The typical routine of a drum major, Halter said, is to enter the field and strut through the band, do a backbend at the 35-yard line and strut down the field. The drum major blows whistles that help time the band's maneuvers and also leads the trademark "Script Ohio" on the field.

    The drum major also is responsible for calling the band to attention during halftime and adding his or her own flair to the halftime show.

    "At halftime, I'm kind of in addition to the band," he said. "You can have a marching band without a drum major, but you can't have a drum major without a marching band."

    For Tuesday's tryout, Halter and the three other competitors were required to demonstrate a ramp entrance, twirling routine and a series of high tosses.

    After each person was judged in each category, the judges conferred for "it felt like forever, but probably about 20 or 25 minutes," Halter said. They then announced the winner on the spot.

    "As soon as (marching band head director) Dr. Woods said my name, it was a feeling of relief," he said. "It's something that I've dreamt about, literally. You think about his voice calling your name for that head drum-major spot."

    Halter said he couldn't have done it without encouragement from his friends and family at home, and also his former Lakewood band director Scott Coffey, who he said helped him along in his path to achieving the drum-major title.

    Halter's mother, Kim Halter, said she and her husband, Mike, were relieved and proud of their son.

    "It's a combination of relief ... and excitement and joy, too," she said.

  • 2008 Drum Major Selected

    • By admin
    • May 8, 2008

    Congratulations to Josh Halter, sophomore from Newark, Ohio for being selected as Head Drum Major of TBDBITL for the 2008 Season. Also congrats to Sam Heinold, a junior from Cincinnati, Ohio who won the position as Assistant Drum Major.

    Halter began his pursuit of becoming OSU Drum Major in the winter of his freshman year of high school where he began attending weekly high school training sessions held at Ohio State and lead by the OSU Drum Majors, past and present. During his sophomore - senior years of high school Halter led the Lakewood High School Marching Band.

    In total four candidates vied for the position. In addition to Heinold and Halter, Matt Berndsen, freshman from Columbus and Nick Frye,sophomore from Kettering also competed.

    The four candidates performed for a packed crowd, which included TBDBITL Alumni, friends, 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 a song performed by the OSU Athletic Band, and baton skill demonstration of five high-tosses.

  • 17th Annual Spring Drum Major Clinic Recap

    • By admin
    • April 20, 2008

    The Ohio State University Marching Band and The High School Drum Major Training Program hosted the 17th Annual Spring Drum Major Clinic in April. The first clinic was held in 1992, with only one student (future OSUMB Drum Major, Karl Neudorfer (94-95). 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 2007 Assistant Drum Major, Josh Halter, perform at halftime with the Spring Athletic Band. On Sunday, participants met to learn valuable lessons about leadership and drum majoring from TBDBITL Alumni Director Dr. Paul Droste, Marching Band Director, Dr. Jon R. Woods, and 2006-2007 Drum Major Stew Kitchen. A University Admissions Counselor also spoke to the students and parents about the challenges of getting accepted to one of the premiere universities in the country. They also got a surprise visit from the President of the Ohio State University, E. Gordon Gee, who captivated the assembled group with his passion for higher education, The Ohio State University experience and his love of all things OSUMB. The attending students then spent 4 hours learning the traditional Drum Major ramp entrance (including strutting) and basic to advanced twirling from the assembled current and alumni Drum Majors. We hope to have even more students, parents and alumni can join us for the 18th annual Clinic in April of 2009!