‘The Best Damn Band In The Land’ – Ohio State Marching Band – by Jared Wickerham

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Members of the Ohio State University marching band touch parts of the band logo that correspond with their row before starting practice at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)

Pittsburgh, PA-based photographer Jared Wickerham took photos of the Ohio State University marching band for the New York Daily News.

10 days ago I had the pleasure and honor of following around THE Ohio State marching band as they practiced for their big half show across the pond at the Buffalo Bills vs Jacksonville Jaguars NFL game in London. I say it over and over again but this really is an incredible job that I continue to pursue where I get to witness the behind-the-scenes moments that most people never get to see.

So of course I owe a huge thank you to director Chris Hoch and the 225 members of the marching band for allowing me to invade their space and document their hard work and dedication for a couple of days at Ohio Stadium. A big thanks goes to Corey Sipkin at the New York Daily News for recommending me for the assignment. Kevin Armstrong is one of the best sports writers I’ve had the pleasure of working with as well. And of course, one of the best resources for this assignment came from friend and drum major, Konner Barr.

Continue reading and see more photos on Jared’s blog.

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Athan Nicolozakes of the Ohio State University marching band stretches prior to practicing their ramp outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)

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Members of the Ohio State University marching band practice their ramp outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)

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Assistant director of marching and athletic bands for Ohio State University leads practice as an airplane flies overhead outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 15, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)

OSU marching band

Members of the Ohio State University marching band practice outside of Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 16, 2015. (Jared Wickerham/For The New York Daily News)

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