Richard Heine had composed and arranged music for The Ohio State University Marching Band since his student days during the 1930′s. More than any other person, he was responsible for the unique sound of this all brass Marching Band. In addition to many original compositions, Mr. Heine arranged most of the Ohio State school songs (Buckeye Battle Cry, Fight The Team Across The Field, I Want To Go Back To Ohio State, Chimes & Carmen Ohio, Beautiful Ohio, Le Regiment, and others) and those arrangements are still in use by the band today. Mr. Heine passed away in October 2007.
John Tatgenhorst, a graduate of The Ohio State University School of Music, is a professional music composer/arranger and producer. He resides in Chicago where he is president of his own musical production company. He writes and arranges music for local and national radio and television commercials and for films. Over 500 arrangements and compositions of John’s are published by twelve publishing companies and his music is known worldwide. Since 1964, John has written hundreds of arrangements and compositions for the OSU Marching Band that include the “Go Bucks” and other cheers and the official rock song of the State of Ohio, “Hang on Sloopy.” John recently produced the OSU Tailgate CDs and cassettes which are sold at campus and area gift shops and retail stores. The profits go to the OSU School of Music and OSU student scholarships.
Jim Swearingen has been a member of the arranging staff of The OSUMB since 1975. He received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Bowling Green State University and his Masters of Music Education from The Ohio State University. Mr. Swearingen is on the faculty at Capital University where his duties include teaching instrumental music education classes as well as supervising student teachers. Jim is one of the most prolific composers and arrangers of public school concert and marching band music today.
Ted McDaniel has been a member of the arranging staff of The OSUMB since 1981. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Morehouse College in Atlanta, and his Masters and Ph.D. are from the University of Iowa. He was band director at Morehouse College and Head of the Music Department at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro before coming to The Ohio State University. He has been very active as a jazz composer, performer, clinician, and arranger. Currently, Dr. McDaniel is Professor of Afro-American Music, a joint position in the School of Music and the Department of Black Studies. He is also Director of the Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Studies at Ohio State, as well as Chairman of the Black Studies Department.
Steve Pfaffman, a native of Wintersville, Ohio, has been producing arrangements for The OSUMB since serving as the band’s Graduate Assistant Director in 1982. He holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees from The Ohio State University School of Music. Steve is currently the Director of Instrumental Music at Progress Village School of the Arts in Tampa, Florida. Steve was also member of The OSUMB’s percussion section from 1972 to 1975.
Ken McCoy began arranging music for The OSUMB in 1995, during the first of his two years of service as the band’s Graduate Assistant Director. He received his Bachelors Degree from the University of North Texas and his Masters from Ohio State. Ken retired from the U.S. Army as Chief Arranger for the United States Army Field Band and Soldier’s Chorus in Washington, D.C. Like Dick Heine, Ken is a native of Greenville, Ohio. His arrangments have been performed in all fifty states and around the world.
Lisa Galvin, a former member of The OSUMB, holds two degrees from The Ohio State University School of Music (1984, 2006) and has taught instrumental music in the Hilliard and Reynoldsburg City School Districts for the past 26 years. Her bands have performed for the National Adjudicators Invitational on three different occasions and for local and state professional conferences. Additionally, Mrs. Galvin serves as an adjunct lecturer in Music Technology at The Ohio State University and Capital University. Lisa has had numerous arrangements performed by area high school and college bands, and her music can be heard on recordings by The Brass Band of Columbus and The Ohio State University Marching Band. She has been honored with membership in the American School Band Director’s Association and Phi Beta Mu International Bandmaster’s Fraternity. She was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda National Collegiate Music Honor Society in 2006. Lisa also maintains an active performance schedule as Solo Hornist with The Brass Band of Columbus, and is proud to be the first woman to join the arranging staff for The Ohio State University Marching Band.
John Brennan began arranging music for The OSUMB in 2010. John was a five year member of The OSUMB from 2003-2007 and began arranging for the Spring Athletic Band’s Spring Football game performances in 2006. John is a member of Kappa Kappa Psi National Band Fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and the Ohio Collegiate Music Educators Association and is proud to be the newest member of the OSUMB arranging staff.