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Trailer for TBDBITL documentary premieres during Spring Game

Fans of The Ohio State University Marching Band got a sneak peek Saturday at a new documentary focusing on life inside the marching band.

A nearly two-minute trailer for “TBDBITL 141” premiered at halftime of the annual Spring Game at Ohio Stadium. The documentary will take viewers inside the 141st season of the marching band, from summer practice to tryouts to the makings of their legendary halftime shows.

“The Ohio State University Marching Band now has 141 years of history behind it, and every season is, in its own right, a story of the remarkable accomplishments of our students," band director Christopher Hoch said. "Our 141st season was an incredible journey, and I’m thrilled that ‘TBDBITL 141’ will feature our students and the tradition of excellence they maintain.” 

The documentary is a passion project for filmmaker and University Communications Director of National Broadcast Media Joe Camoriano. A former national anchor and reporter, video producer and director, Camoriano wrote, produced, directed and edited three previous documentaries: “Jewels of the Sun,” “Vanessa’s Story” and “Prodigy Brothers.”

“Millions of people are familiar with The Ohio State University Marching Band as a result of their jaw-dropping halftime performances on YouTube. But not very many people are aware of how much time and effort goes into these shows,” Camoriano said. “With ‘TBDBITL 141,’ I wanted to pull back the curtain and give the public an opportunity to go on a personal journey with these students. I hope after watching the film, viewers will be able to feel what I felt after seven months of spending time with them. That is, how special and unique this program is – there really is nothing quite like it.”

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The season was a special one for the marching band, featuring historic trips to New York for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and to the Rose Bowl. The Macy’s parade was a first for TBDBITL.

Camoriano and his team had exclusive access on the trip to New York and followed the band members throughout the special week, which culminated in a halftime show during Ohio State’s 62-39 drubbing of Michigan and Urban Meyer’s last home game as head football coach.

Konner Barr, a fourth-year strategic communication major, was selected as drum major for the 2018 season. He’s one of the central characters in the documentary.

“It was a really cool experience and the thing I’m looking forward to from this documentary is just being able to go back and look at these memories,” Barr said. “Because the seasons are a very long period of time and you forget a lot of things that happen.”

The documentary is currently in post-production and will have a theatrical debut in the fall.