CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Ohio State University Marching Band, also known as “TBDBITL,” made their debut in the 92nd annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.
The marching band had to squeeze in practice for the parade between their typical schedule full of weekday rehearsals, football games, travel, and concerts.
The Ohio State University Marching Band performed in the Nov. 22 parade in front of an estimated 3.5 million live attendants and 50 million internationally televised viewers.
"This is one of the premier performing opportunities for any marching band student, and I’m thrilled that the time has finally come when Ohio State will be represented,” said Christopher Hoch, assistant professor and director of the Ohio State Marching and Athletic Bands, prior to the band’s appearance. “This is one of those things that you dream of being part of.”
Hoch and the band’s staff submitted an application to perform in this year’s parade in early 2017. An invitation from parade organizers was extended that summer.
“We have loved you guys for years,” says Wesley Whatley, the parade’s creative director. “We’ve watched you on YouTube like the rest of America, and we want you to entertain our audience of 50 million people next Thanksgiving.”