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Skull Session livestream returns for new season

Fan-favorite tradition available for those who can’t experience it live

As the Ohio State football season is set to kick off with a prime-time showdown, a beloved pregame tradition is returning to the small screen. Skull Session will air live on YouTube for those who cannot be at St. John Arena to watch in person.

The Ohio State University Office of Marketing and Communications will livestream Skull Session before the game against Notre Dame on Saturday night and before each home game the rest of the season. The livestream can be found at the Ohio State News YouTube channel through the website or on the YouTube app 2.5 hours before game day kickoff.

“The return of Skull Session livestreaming is an exciting announcement for our fans around the world. We hope that even if you can’t be with us in St. John Arena on game day, we can bring you some of that Ohio State spirit wherever you are,” said band director Christopher Hoch.

Skull Session originally served as a final music rehearsal for the Ohio State Marching Band prior to its performance on the field. It has evolved into one of the most anticipated game day traditions for Buckeye fans. Doors to St. John Arena open four hours prior to kickoff and the seats can quickly fill up.

“We’re excited to be back and to provide fans everywhere the live experience of Skull Session,” said Director of National Broadcast Media Joe Camoriano. “If you tune in a couple of hours before each home game, you’ll get to see one of the best fan experiences in the country.”

Camoriano and a team of videographers will stream Skull Session using six different cameras and multiple microphones to capture the action from all angles.

TBDBITL marches into the arena and plays “Fanfare for a New Era” as the football team arrives. Coach Ryan Day, assistant coaches and players often speak each week to the fans before they head to the stadium. The band then performs a final musical run-through of its pregame and halftime shows and strikes up “Across the Field” one more time before heading to the stadium.

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