Hilliard darby and OSU come together for skull session
Saturday, November 11th, the Darby Marching Band had an amazing opportunity to perform alongside of the Ohio State University Marching Band and the OSU Fall Athletic Band a few hours before kickoff of the OSU vs Michigan State game at the Skull Session.
The OSU Marching Band Skull Session starts two hours before kickoff at every home football game. Held at St. John Arena, the Skull Session is a popular concert/pep rally, with over 10,000 fans in attendance. The event is free, with seating on a first-come, first-served basis. At most of these Skull Sessions, the OSU band invites one of the top marching bands in the state of Ohio to perform alongside them, and the Darby Marching Band got the call this year.
In order to avoid traffic, and to make sure they got there on time, the band had a 6:00 am report time Saturday morning. Senior Color Guard member Carly Kish gave her thoughts on the early report time.
“While I wasn’t really thrilled about waking up at 6 AM on a Saturday, I was actually able to keep awake with all the excited commotion in the band room and on the buses leading up to that morning,” Kish explained.
The Skull Session started at 10:00 am, with the OSU Marching Band entering the arena at 9:40. The OSU band played through their halftime show with the songs Carmen Ohio, The Ohio State University Fight Song, and many others.
Around halfway through the Skull Session, Urban Meyer brought the entire OSU football team into the arena and gave a short speech. He then had Assistant Coordinator Kerry Coombs speak a little bit. Coach Coombs had a very nice and loud speech that ended in a very effect manor.
“We are going to go out there, and we are going to kick their a**!” said a very enthused Coach Coombs. OSU then proceeded to win the game by a landslide.
The Skull Session was a very enjoyable experience, and Kish gave her opinion as to why.
“I loved the Skull Session. It was a unique privilege to be a part of a tradition that brings the OSU community together. To share in that was magical, especially with the huge turn out and support for the OSU Marching Band, and Hilliard Darby alike,” Kish shared.