The Ohio State University Athletic Band

The Ohio State University Athletic Band performs at all Ohio State varsity sporting events, with the exception of fall football games. The number of participants in athletic band each semester varies between 250-300 members.

Unlike the marching band, the athletic band includes all brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments. Athletic band is an open enrollment ensemble meaning anyone is welcome to participate.

Although a form of the athletic band has been around since the 1940s, the modern athletic band was started in 1996 under the direction of Dr. Jon R. Woods. Among the highlights of the athletic band are marching full pre game and halftime shows at the annual OSU Spring Game and performing Script Ohio on Ice at one hockey game per semester.



Frequently Asked Questions

Joining athletic band is simple… just sign up for the class through BuckeyeLink! Talk to your advisor if you have any questions.

Music 2205.02, click here to learn more about class enrollment.

Woodwinds, brass, and percussion instruments are all allowed in athletic band.

The athletic band performs at various sporting events including men’s baseball, men’s and women’s volleyball, and men’s ice hockey games, among others. In addition, a smaller auditioned group performs at men’s basketball games.

Brass and percussion instruments are available to check out for athletic band use at no charge. We however do not supply woodwind instruments or accessories.

Athletic band members do get the chance to travel to tournament games for certain sporting events. Who goes on these trips is decided by the directors and based on the number of semesters a student has participated in athletic band. In addition, the entire athletic band travels to perform at Cedar Point during the opening day ceremonies in May of each year.

Available Classes

Fall Semester Athletic Band (Course No. 2205.02)

The Fall Athletic Band performs at many different sporting events throughout the Fall semester including volleyball, hockey, and preseason Men’s and Women’s basketball games. Rehearsals are every Monday and Wednesday beginning the first week of class from 6:30 – 8:35 pm* in the Steinbrenner Band Center (times subject to change).

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Spring Semester Athletic Band (Course No. 2205.02)

The Spring Athletic Band performs at Men’s Hockey games, Women’s Basketball games, as well as various other spring athletic events. In addition, there is a smaller, auditioned group that performs at the home Men’s Basketball games. Also during the spring, athletic band members have the chance to go on tournament trips for the various sports. The groups chosen for these trips are based on seniority in athletic band. The spring athletic band also performs at the annual OSU Spring Game, where members perform a drill show at halftime. Rehearsals run every Monday and Wednesday from 5:20 – 7:00 PM* in the Steinbrenner Band Center. (Times are subject to change)


The uniform for both the Fall and Spring Semester athletic bands consists of a Polo Shirt with black pants, shoes and socks. The Polo Shirt must be bought from the second floor Uniform Office, and the band member is responsible for purchasing the pants, shoes and socks on their own.


Students have the option of using their own instrument or checking one out from the second floor Instrument Office. All brass and percussion instruments are available to sign out for the entire semester, but unfortunately the office does not provide any woodwind instruments or accessories.