The Ohio State University Marching Band consists of 16 rows of like instruments and one additional row for the drum majors. When in the full block band formation the instrumentation of the band is mirrored with the highest-sounding instruments (e-flat cornets and trumpets) at the front and back and the lowest-sounding instruments (sousaphones and percussion) in the center.
Rows that are corresponding sides of the mirror (e.g. A-Row/X-Row, E-Row/R-Row, K-Row/L-Row) are often referred to as “sister” rows as they have the same, or very similar instrumentation and sit near each other during indoor rehearsal.
Listed below are the members of the 2012 Ohio State University Marching Band. Members 1-12 are regulars. They march during during pregame and halftime. Members in rank 1 are the Squad Leaders in that row while members in rank 12 are the Assistant Squad Leaders and are second in command to the Squad Leader. Members 13 through 15 are alternates. Alternates rehearse with the band, perform in the stands and memorize the music and marching drills for every show just like the regulars. However they do not perform during the pregame and halftime of home games. Instead, they assist with any props the show requires (e.g. flags, banners, speakers, microphones, etc) and must be ready at a moment’s to take the place of any member who may get sick, injured, or is otherwise unable to perform.
All alternates are required to challenge one of the regulars every week. If they perform better than the regular during the challenge they will become the new regular band member for that next week. Anyone is eligible to be challenged no matter rank or year.