The Ohio State Drum Majors (Modern Era)

The first Modern Era Drum Major was Edwin "Tubby" Essington. But a Drum Major has been part of The Ohio State University Marching Band since the beginning, in 1878. The Script Ohio Book has chronicled the biographies and history of the 'Modern Era' Drum Majors since 1920.

  Name Year       Name Year
  Edwin 'Tubby' Essington 1920-22       Jack Swinehart 1968
  Dr. Augustus Hall 1923-24-25       Wayne Long 1969-70
  Robert Hines 1926-27       Paul Zubrod 1971
  William Knepper 1928-29-30       Barry Kopetz** 1972-73
  Wilbert Pettegrew 1931       Richard Gammage 1974-75
  Dr. James McCreary 1932-33       Doug Secrist 1976
  William Casey 1934-35       Dwight Hudson** 1977-78-79
  Wesley Leas 1936-37       Dr. Oliver McGee** 1980
  Myron McKelvey 1938       Shelley Graf 1981
  Dick Jones 1939-40       Bruce Hart 1982-83
  Edward Maundrell 1941       Andy Marks 1984
  Gerald Johnston 1942       Greg Eyer 1985-86
  Robert Gulcher 1943       Rich Parks** 1987-88
  Cyril Costoff 1944       Dale Wagner 1989-90
  Joseph Myers 1945       Lee Sartore 1991
  Beverly Moseley 1946       Brian Berendts 1992-93
  Devon Kesling 1947-48       Karl Neudorfer 1994-95
  Johnny Criss 1949       Cory Thompson 1996-97
  Dale York 1950       Scott Sommer 1998
  Jim Spencer 1951       Matt Bally 1999-2000
  Jim Bodman 1952-53       Adam Prescott** 2001-02
  George Souder 1954-55       Kathryn Mitchell 2003
  Richard Marsh 1956       Eric Sommer 2004
  Larry Cory 1957-58       Alex Neffenger 2005
  Lenny Hart 1959-60       Stewart Kitchen** 2006-07
  Terry Burton 1961       Josh Halter** 2008-09
  Ben Kline 1962       Jason Stuckert** 2010-11
  Bob "Link" Harper** 1963-64       Kyle West 2012-13
  Mitch Breece 1965-66       David Pettit** 2014
  Kirby Wyatt 1967          
 


** Denotes Most Inspirational Bandsman.
Drum Major Biography source: The Script Ohio Book.
Drum Major Historians: Beverly Moseley (historian an writer of bios from 1920 to 1988 Drum Majors) and Kathryn Mitchell (1989 to current Drum Majors)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pre-Modern Era Ohio State Drum Majors

  Sgt. Joesph N. Bradsford 1878       1st Sgt. Chester Foster 1898
  George Makepeace 1879-80       1st Sgt. Ernest Lied 1899-1900
  Edward Orton, Jr. & S.J. Wilson 1881       Herman G. Weinland 1901
  Edward E. Sparks 1882       1st Sgt. G.A. Hipp 1902
  Unknown 1883-84-85       2nd Lt. Claude C. Rose 1903-04
  Jewett D. Norris 1886-87       Sgt. Elmer Sproat 1905-06-07
  Cpl. C.P. Wilcox, Calvin Powers & JJ Mullay 1888       1st Lt. Fred Ortman 1908
  1st Sgt. Walter Palmer 1889       Unknown 1909
  Sgt George D. Pearce 1890       Robert Bruce Marshall 1910
  1st Sgt. Thomas French & Sgt G.D. Pearce 1891       Francis E. Marshall 1911
  Unknown 1892       L. Walter Avery 1912
  2nd Lt. C.L. Mcllvaine 1893       Unknown 1913
  2nd Lt. Charles McGuire 1894       William Elmer Curran 1914
  1st Sgt. J.J. Hoglen 1895       H.A. Robinson 1915
  1st Sgt. Roy Hopkins 1896       R.H. Barnes 1916
  1st Sgt. K.B. Seeds 1897       W.A. Ricketts 1917
            Unknown 1918-19