• NYT Photo of Ohio State Drum Major, Adam Prescott

    • Photo by Mark Lyons, New York Times
    • September 2002

    "The Best Damn Band in the Land," as it is known, is the 225-member, all-brass Ohio State Marching Band, first formed in 1879. One of the crowd-pleasers in its repertory is "Hang on Sloopy." The song was performed by The McCoys, an Ohio group, and evolved into the Buckeyes' game-day and them and eventually the state of Ohio's official rock song. It was heard for the first time at the O.S.U.-lllinois game on Oct. 9,1965, and has rocked the stands ever since.