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Marching band provides some pep to students in quarantine housing

TBDBITL performed hits at a safe distance to support peers

On the eve of the first football game of the season, The Ohio State University Marching Band is sharing some kindness with their greatest hits.

Small squads of TBDBITL made their way across the campus area Friday night to help fire up students in the university’s housing for students quarantined or isolated due to COVID-19. The goal: spread a little cheer to students who cannot leave their dorms.

Members boarded buses to the Marriott to perform for the students living in the hotel and traveled to the dorms near Lane Avenue.

The marching band has instituted numerous safety protocols for the 2020 season. All band members wear special musician masks with slits for their mouths, and all brass players have bell covers on their instruments to help prevent the spread of aerosols when they are performing.

The band, with 225 instrument-playing members this season, has been rehearsing in groups of 50 or fewer nearly all fall semester. They will debut their first performance of the season on the marching band’s YouTube channel at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

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