Marco Schaefer of Bloomingdale, a trombonist and junior at Ohio State, along with Matt Argentine, a Wintersville native, senior at OSU and trumpet player, will join the rest of the members of "The Best Damn Band in the Land" for pre-game and halftime celebrations, according to Rose Angelica, member of the OSU Alumni Marching Band and local music educator.
"They were in the Indian Creek High School Marching Band, and I worked with them over the years," said Angelica, herself a former Mingo High School band director.
"They will be marching today on TV during the Michigan-Ohio State game in Columbus.
Mingo Junction resident and local music educator Rose Angelica marched with the two young men when the OSU Marching Band combined with the Ohio State University Alumni Marching Band in September to create a "super band" with more than 1,000 members. -- Contributed
"It's the biggest game of the year - always has been," continued Angelica
previously marched with the two young musicians in Columbus during alumni weekend in September, when the the OSU Marching Band
joined the OSU Alumni Marching Band
to create a "super band" of more than 1,000 members.
"There were a 1,000 band members on the field (during the alumni event)," Angelica
said, adding the super band included more than 200 drummers.
"It's all brass and drums.
It's incredibly loud.
It sounded like thunder when all the (drummers hit)."
gave both music lessons before they attended OSU
, preparing them to try out for one of the most elite marching bands in the nation.
"For 35 years I've been working with kids from the Valley to get them into the OSU
said, adding the OSU band
only accepts the cream of the crop.
"It's like the Marine Corps.
You have to be fit and work out to be able to play and march at the same time.
You also have to be a very proficient player.
To do all those steps and keep playing you really have to be in shape."
Schaefer played clarinet in high school, and "taught himself how to play with just a few lessons," Angelica
said marching onto Ohio Stadium with a full house is an intimidating experience.
"You come out of the (stadium) tunnel onto the ramp entrance and hear 100,000 people screaming fans," she