A-Row is the first row in the Ohio State University Marching Band block. The row leads the band in parade marching and pregame. A-Row is comprised of eight Solo Bb Trumpets and six Eb Cornets (commonly referred to as “effers”), which provide the highest melodic voice in the band. The members of A-Row pride themselves as being the best marchers and musicians in the band.
A-Row holds a strong belief in the keeping of traditions. One of the row’s greatest traditions is the leading out of the band during the famed Ramp Entrance.. Other row traditions include meeting at the northwest 25-yard-line hashmark after rehearsals, and the annual end-of-season cabin trip.
The official mascot of A-Row is a rock. The rock is meant to symbolize the strength and stability of A-Row as the foundation of the band. When the football team travels to a national championship game or to the Rose Bowl, the rock is split amongst the members of the row and a new rock is found in its place.
During the block expansion of 1960, X-Row was added to the Ohio State Marching Band. Since then, X-Row has been the final row to come down the ramp during every Ohio State football game. Along with sister row A-Row, X-Row is comprised of Solo Bb trumpets and Eb cornets (efers), which provide the highest instrumental voices in the band. X-Row has taken pride in superior marching ability and musicality since the dawn of time.
Some of the traditions of X-Row include giving the nod as a signal for KL-Row to blow the whistle for ramp, leading the band into skull sessions, and leading the band behind the drum major for Script Ohio.
X-Row is the only row in the band that does not have an official mascot. The row does not feel that it needs a fluffy animal or inanimate object to cheer their Buckeyes to victory.
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