• West adding to Lakewood legacy at Ohio State

    • Newark Advocate:
      Anna Jeffries and Henry S. Conte, Advocate Reporters
    • MAY 12, 2013

    Local alum named drum major for OSU band again

    Kyle West - Ohio State Drum Major 2013NEWARK — As a student at Lakewood High School, Kyle West earned a reputation for being a hard worker.

    A sousaphone player and drum major in the marching band, he also was involved in choir and theater. His commitment to music continued after he graduated from Lakewood and went on to Ohio State University.

    On Thursday, West auditioned to continue his role as the drum major of the Ohio State University Marching Band.
    On Friday, his teachers at Lakewood celebrated the news that he had been chosen to lead the band for the 2013 season.

    “I told all (the kids) today, and they were super excited,” said Rob Caldwell, Kyle’s middle school band director.
    West, who is majoring in exercise science and nutrition, played sousaphone in the band before becoming OSU’s assistant drum major in 2011. He was chosen to be drum major for the first time for the 2012 band season.

    “The first year is basically just learning the ins and outs of the position,” West said. “The first few games, when it is hot out and you are trying to twirl a metal stick in that heavy uniform and that heavy hat it is difficult, but once the Michigan game rolls around, you are a lot more comfortable and you have all the kinks out.

    “I am very excited for this year because I can just go out and perform and have better shows. Hopefully we can end the season with a bowl or even a national championship appearance.”

    “He works hard and he’s a great performer,” said Martha Fickle, music and drama teacher at LHS. “He’s a perfectionist who demands perfection out of himself.”

    For five of the past six years, a Lakewood graduate has been either a drum major or assistant drum major at OSU, Fickle said. LHS grad Josh Halter was the 2008 and 2009 drum major.

    “We are very proud of these kids,” she said.

    “It is kind of cool,” West said. “Having Josh before me and we have both done two years ... I am proud to come from Lakewood. That small-town community. A lot of the older folks will come up to me and tell me how proud it makes them. It is cool to have that recognition.”

    Read the full article from the Newark Advocate here.

  • 2013 Ohio State Drum Major Tryouts. Kyle West earns top spot.

    • By ADMIN
    • MAY 9, 2013

    Congrats to Kyle West, who again won the top spot as TBDBITL's 'Man out Front' for the 2013 Season.
    David Pettit also again won the spot as this season's Assistant Drum Major.

    This year's tryout was highly competitive and all six contenders gave outstanding performances.

    2013 Ohio State Marching Band Drum Major Tryouts
    Photo Credit: Ed Crockett Photography

  • 2013 Ohio High School Drum Major Spring Clinic Recap

    • By ADMIN
    • APRIL 16, 2013

    2013 Ohio State Drum Major Sping Clinic
    This year's Annual Ohio High School Drum Major training clinic was a huge success, with over 30 students in attendance. We'd like to thank all all the students who attended and also, a big thank you to all the OSUMB Drum Major Alumni who volunteered their day to teach the art of being an Ohio State style Drum Major.

  • D-Row Performs at OSU Men's Basketball game during halftime

    • By ADMIN
    • JANUARY 2013

    Ohio State D-Row 2013

    "Behind the Scenes" Three OSU "drum majors in training" warm-up for their first solo performances at tonight's Men's Basketball game vs. Northwestern. Cole McDonough (Freshman, pictured on left), Kyle Gangidine-Daley (Junior, pictured in center),and Ricky Williams (Freshman, pictured on far right) all performed. They will all be trying out this Spring, (along with current Drum Major, Kyle West, Assistant Drum Major David Pettit, and several other students) for a shot as TBDBITL's 'Man Up Front.'

  • January 2013 Ohio High School Drum Major Training Program Begins

    • By ADMIN
    • JANUARY 2013

    2013 High School Drum Major Training

    2013 training has begun! Our High School Drum Major training program started last night w/ students from all over Ohio. Want to learn how to become an Ohio State Drum Major? Learn from the best! Read up on the program and send us your info. (This program is designed for high school students training to become their high school drum major, college students training for D-row, and/or Spring Drum Major tryouts only.)