On Oct. 10, 1936, Ohio State played football against Pittsburgh and The Ohio State University Marching Band performed “Script Ohio” for the first time.
Now, 80 years to the day later, the performance is embedded as a Buckeyes tradition and still takes place today.
— OSU Marching Band (@TBDBITL) October 10, 2016
In a post by “The Best Damn Band in the Land” celebrating the anniversary, it’s said the performance was created by band director Eugene J. Weigel. Apparently, Weigel based it on the marquee sign of the Loew’s Ohio Theater in Columbus.
Perhaps the most famous part of “Script Ohio” is the dotting of the “i.” This was at first an unceremonious job, according to the post, done by coronet player John Brungart in the fall of 1937. Weigel then changed it to a sousaphone player and later a bow was added when the crowd liked it during one performance.
Now, the position is filled by a fourth or fifth-year sousaphone player, but has also been filled by guests such as Earle Bruce, who did it earlier this season.
The drum major and “i” dotter now high-five each other as well.
No matter what the changes, though, 80 years later, Buckeyes football fans still love it and will continue to love it 80 years from now.