Mid-Day Open Thread

The Ohio State Marching Band’s halftime tribute to video games is a must watch:

The horse at about 6 mins is awesome.






90 replies
  1. 1
    TooManyJens says:

    I went ahead and started that petition to Boehner and Pelosi asking them to set some goddamn standards for who can be on the House Science Committee:

    http://www.change.org/petition.....technology

  2. 2
    Brad says:

    Driving across the country and I just saw this billboard in Missouri.

    “Hope and change? How’s that working for you? Vote for the AMERICAN in November”

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    Yutsano says:

    That blew up my FB feed of band geeks like no tomorrow. It’s an excellent show to be sure.

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    TooManyJens says:

    @Brad:

    “Hope and change? How’s that working for you? Vote for the AMERICAN in November”

    “Not too badly, thanks for asking! And I will! You do mean the guy who was born in Hawaii, right?”

    Sigh.

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    Soonergrunt says:

    That’s the coolest thing I’ve seen in a while.

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    Arm The Homeless says:

    Just getting around to playing Mass Effect 3. I decided the first go round to import my ME 1 & 2 character as an Adept. Wow is all I can say, they finally got around to making Biotics useful, instead of just an after thought to your firearms.

    I have also seen the tidal wave of butt-hurt over the ending, and while I have been careful not to delve into spoilers, may I kindly offer some advice to the kvetchers: Suck it up folks

  7. 7
    Persia says:

    I’d give five American dollars to anyone who asks Romney how we identify Syrian rebels who ‘share our values.’

  8. 8
    Yutsano says:

    @Persia: There are Mormons in Syria? Who knew?

  9. 9
    PurpleGirl says:

    So, JG, are you now back among the living? Have your guests gone home? Was the weekend a success?

    How are Tunch, Lily and Rosie?

  10. 10
    Maude says:

    @Persia:
    I know, let’s send Romney to Syria and he can find them.

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    Shawn in ShowMe says:

    @Brad:

    What part of Missouri?

  12. 12
    Jewish Steel says:

    Last night:

    Thank God Cisco warned us in time! He balked and ran into me, hackles up. For there on the sidewalk directly in our path: The Shaolin Assassin Basenji! So serene and centered, he will bite you 100 hundred times before you can open your mouth. So still and calm, he will pin you with one deft swipe of his paw. So watchful and silent and…a traffic cone.

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    Canadian Shield says:

    Some NFL humor

    http://imgur.com/a/9H0Hv

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    Yutsano says:

    @Canadian Shield: Down for maintenance. Boo.

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    Yutsano says:

    @JenJen: An ‘Eer posted this. That’s how amazing it is.

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    Svensker says:

    I swear I spotted Cole in the stands during the WVA game this weekend. Wearing a straw hat.

    It would be irresponsible not to speculate.

    Also, marching band is awesome. Completely pointless and silly but completely awesome. Humans do weird stuff for fun.

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    blingee says:

    That video is a tribute to all the stupid shit Americans waste their time on when they are not voting and therefore letting any stupid moron with money run things.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @Persia:
    “Iz Rebel! Down with Bashir Assad!! Up with Angel Moroni! I can haz weppins?!”

  20. 20
    gbear says:

    Update on cat Edward. He threw up last night. He didn’t destroy his room. I may try to make some changes to his food. That it for now.

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    Canadian Shield says:

    @Yutsano: Strange, works on my machine…oh well

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    Yutsano says:

    @Svensker:

    Also, marching band is awesome. Completely pointless and silly but completely awesome.

    Yup. And those that do it love it.

    @blingee: Herp.

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    Brad says:

    @Shawn in ShowMe:

    It was on I44 east about an hour and a half from St Louis. That’s the best I can give you

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    👽 Martin says:

    Very cool. I’ll show that to my son. His school won their marching band tournament on Sat – he’s a freshman so it was his first. I didn’t go to the tournament, but several parents noted how much smaller the other marching bands were and seemed to be getting compared to previous years. The cuts in K-12 funding, particularly around music, are steadily killing high school marching bands. My son’s is still large (about 240 members – almost as big as Ohio State’s there) but it’s due to a LOT of parent commitment, and more than a few students switching schools to the one HS that didn’t cut funding for marching band.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    You guys see this? The wingers are getting nuttier by the day.

    Charlie Fuqua, Arkansas Legislative Candidate, Endorses Death Penalty For Rebellious Children In Book

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/.....48490.html

    Sorry about the HuffPo link.

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    gbear says:

    @Brad:
    “Hope and change? How’s that working for you? Vote for the AMERICAN BANK ACCOUNTS in November”

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    Felinious Wench says:

    That was freaking awesome. Anyone who ever marched across a parking lot in 100 degree heat to practice after school for a UIL band competition and wished they could do something cool instead of stupid interpretations of some 3rd rate Broadway musical will understand how freaking awesome.

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    Yutsano says:

    @👽 Martin: Tell him to hang in there. If he’s enjoying it now wait until college. It’s a completely different (and infinitely more fun!) animal. Also: OSU marches 330 all brass (last I heard, that could have changed) and that makes for a more assertive sound.

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    Comrade Mary says:

    Yes, that was great, and the horse was exactly what made me yell in glee (ca. 1 AM today when I first saw it). My neighbours already have some odd ideas about me, so that’s OK.

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    Maude says:

    @gbear:
    I look forward to updates on Edward.

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    catclub says:

    @Brad: I was thinking, Vote for the AMERICAN, NOT THE MORMON!

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    Violet says:

    @Soonergrunt: Hey there. How ya feeling? Did you get to the doctor today?

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    Violet says:

    @Felinious Wench:

    Anyone who ever marched across a parking lot in 100 degree heat to practice after school for a UIL band competition and wished they could do something cool instead of stupid interpretations of some 3rd rate Broadway musical will understand how freaking awesome.

    Ha! Describe my high school late summer and fall. Parking lots are HOT in the south in the afternoon.

    Really cool. Marching band was a lot of fun. It’s a bummer it’s getting cut out of school budgets.

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    The Snarxist Formerly Known As Kryptik says:

    The horse was definitely awesome, and I loved the castle take at the end. The boos when the Michigan flag came out, just before they realize what they’re doing with it, is priceless.

    Also, John, that’s one hell of a hangover from Saturday. Celebrate the Texas win THAT much?

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    Corbin Dallas Multipass says:

    http://bashfulglances.ytmnd.com/

    best thing to come out of the debate that i’ve seen

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    Shawn in ShowMe says:

    @Brad:

    That’s Sullivan/Cuba country so, yeah, I can see a billboard like that appealing to the 98% white working-class enclaves that live there. A black man who gives orders to white men must seem like a space alien to them.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @SiubhanDuinne:
    They let mental cases like that walk around free?

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    rlrr says:

    @TooManyJens:

    I went ahead and started that petition to Boehner and Pelosi asking them to set some goddamn standards for who can be on the House Science Committee:

    Having such standards would disqualify most, if not all House Republicans.

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    rlrr says:

    @Brad:

    I’ll vote for the candidate whose father wasn’t born in Mexico…

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    @Svensker:

    I swear I spotted Cole in the stands during the WVA game this weekend. Wearing a straw hat.

    The important question: what letter was painted on his chest?

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    Chris from Arlington says:

    As someone who’s marched in a marching band, let me tell you that almost all of the moves they do in that show are tremendously difficult. That’s a real testament to the dedication of those band members. They hold the music together too, which is crazy hard to do when doing all those moves.

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    Soonergrunt says:

    @Amir Khalid: That’s not too far from the famous “Democracy! Whisky! Sexy!” article back in the early days of Iraq.

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    f space that says:

    @Chris from Arlington: Ha, beat me to it. Was going to say the exact same thing. That was a really great halftime show.

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    Yutsano says:

    @Chris from Arlington: There were so many times in college I was freezing my ass off in the stands but by the time halftime was over I was sweating my ass off I had worked so hard. Marching band is many things. Easy is not one of them.

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    scav says:

    Weird stuff for entirely fun indeed, Animated Nazca lines. With brass. I’m so behind, I yelled at Tetris.

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    @Shawn in ShowMe:

    Maybe I missed the memo, but is ‘white working class’ now the accepted euphemism for racists?

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    👽 Martin says:

    @Yutsano: He’s really enjoying it so far. I never did anything like that, so I don’t know, but his marching band has won national championships in recent years, so they’re pretty serious about it. I went to a football game on Friday and it was pretty clear most of the fans were there for the marching band and not the football team. The football team isn’t bad, but band is Cheerios and football is New Directions, not the other way around.

    I didn’t think OSU was that big. Wiki says 225 and they march 192. My son’s marches about 190. But he plays wind, and OSU is all brass as you note. My son’s also has a very strong percussion front ensemble which reduces the brass even more, but then they aren’t playing 80,000 seat stadiums. They’re pretty damn loud in the puny football stadium we have. We ain’t Texas out here.

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    bemused says:

    Amazing show. I can’t imagine how many hours of practice went into that.

    Randi Rhodes is playing clips of the Jon Stewart-Bill O’Reilly debate dustup. Stewart got some great licks in and some of the things Billo said surprised me. Now I am going to have to watch the whole thing when I get some time.

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    Marc says:

    @James E. Powell:

    In the words of one of my favorite movies:

    Salt of the earth.
    The common clay.
    You know…

    Morons.

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    A moocher says:

    re the marching band, you American’s have odd ways.

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    A moocher says:

    re the marching band, you Americans have odd ways.

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    Soonergrunt says:

    @Violet: Yeah–got some kind of streptococcal pneumonia. I didn’t know that strep does that. Learn something new every day, I guess.
    I got the antibiotic Cefdinir for that, and she prescribed a cough medicine called Zutripro. The label says “take 1tsp by mouth. May cause drowsiness.” It ought to say “get comfortable, because you’re going to sleep in 3…2…1…”

    EDIT–The Google tells me that Zutripro is made of a mix of chlorpheniramine, hydrocodone and pseudoephedrine. No wonder I feel like I could be on fire and I wouldn’t notice or care.

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    Elisabeth says:

    I’m going to be seating in the ‘shoe in about a month likely freezing my ass off and having a fabulous time!

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    Shawn in ShowMe says:

    @Shawn in ShowMe:

    That’s Sullivan/Cuba country so, yeah, I can see a billboard like that appealing to the 98% white working-class enclaves that live there.

    Oh hell, why sugar coat it? These folks are po’, alright? Maybe not East St. Louis po’, but pretty damn close. They’ve got plenty of reasons to be resentful. The presence of the Kenyan Usurper gives them a convenient target to focus their hate.

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    Felinious Wench says:

    @Chris from Arlington:

    As someone who’s marched in a marching band, let me tell you that almost all of the moves they do in that show are tremendously difficult. That’s a real testament to the dedication of those band members.

    I was drill team, and we marched with the band. The marching alone was hard enough. As Violet said, the Texas heat didn’t help either.

    God, I don’t miss that. I do sometimes miss the crazy drummers and saxophone players. What is it about those areas that leads to sheer insane goofiness in the band? And the tubas would horrify the flutes every game.

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    blingee says:

    Good to see Cole is doing what he does best. Blogging about anything other than politics or things that require a brain.

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    Higgs Boson's Mate says:

    Gaming Question: Has anyone played Skyrim? I’ve been playing strat sims forever and I’d enjoy a change of genre. Don’t have the dedication for an MMORPG.

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    gbear says:

    @Maude: I look forward to Edward not throwing up any more.

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    lamh35 says:

    Saw Looper today. I’m not really sure how I feel about. I liked it, but man my brain hurts.

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    Bostondreams says:

    @Higgs Boson’s Mate:

    Skyrim is great, but I still like Morrowind, one of the earlier Elder Scrolls games that helps set this one up, better.

    You might consider one of the Fallouts if you don’t want dragon-related fantasy.

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    Gozer says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Double-you Tee Eff…

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    Higgs Boson's Mate says:

    @Bostondreams:

    Thanks for the suggestions! I just ordered The Elder Scrolls Morrowind Game of the Year Edition from Amazon. After playing Civilization, among other sims, since 1991 I’m ready for swords,sorcery and dragons.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    They let mental cases like that walk around free?

    And run for office.

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    McWaffle says:

    Morrowind was great because it didn’t scale enemies to your level and it was way more open-ended, I feel. Plus it just felt really huge at the time, before most games did. Skryim and Oblivion both scale enemies, but I feel like it’s less obvious. In Oblivion you’d be running into stupid highway bandits with mithril armor or whatever.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Gozer:

    Inorite?

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    Cris (without an H) says:

    Speaking of the Buckeyes, here’s an anti-Romney ad in the OSU student newspaper (via dKos).

    “I have been a Michigan and a Wolverine fan for a long long time.” — Mitt Romney

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    Raptorfence says:

    This may have come up already but anyway…

    If Mitt Romney loses, does that mean we have to live through 4 years of bi-monthly exclusives with him on “Meet the Press”?

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    ThresherK says:

    My streaming is broken now. Please, please tell me “PacMan Fever” is on that clip. None of these kids were born when that song was released, it made the Billboard top 15, and we need to warn these kids.

    It holds its own next to any baby boomer’s most loathed hit of the ’60s. (I should know, my spouse has a special place in hell for “Yummy, Yummy, Yummy”, but that does qualify as an actual song.)

    @Raptorfence: I’d say, No, we don’t.

    Mitt has no core consitutency, doesn’t need to keep in “broadcasting trim” like Newt (sic), or requires a drip feed from the wingnut welfare spigot.

    Should he lose, he will disappear like the Enron plane from tarmac photograph of George W. Bush during Campaign 2000.

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    Yutsano says:

    @Raptorfence: My guess is not until Grandpa Walnuts is a corpse. And probably not even then.

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    Violet says:

    @Soonergrunt: Glad you’re under a doctor’s care and getting the treatment you need. That’s stuff you don’t want to mess around with. Rest up and take care of yourself.

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    R-Jud says:

    Ah, marching bands. Reminds me of my high school boyfriend, a sousaphone player nicknamed “the Hobbit” who was 5″ shorter than me.

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    Raptorfence says:

    @Yutsano:

    Good point. Hasn’t considered that they’ll have to pry McCain’s cold dead corpse off the set. (And even then he’ll get one or two more “exclusive interviews”…)

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    Bostondreams says:

    @McWaffle:

    Agreed. I loved the storyline far better as well, especially with the two add-ons. And the theological elements were simply fascinating to me.

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    Bostondreams says:

    @Canadian Shield:

    This was awesome. Thanks! :)

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    RossinDetroit, Rational Subjectivist says:

    I’m stuck in Virginia Beach for 2.5 days. Should have been headed home by now but events intervened. I’d be out walking on the beach but it’s raining so all I can do is sit here on the balcony and watch it from 6 floors up. It’s still a cool view. It’s an ocean.

    Some romantic has etched a huge marriage proposal to ‘Christina” in the sand.

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    Maude says:

    @RossinDetroit, Rational Subjectivist:
    There’s a liveblog test at nine tonight by mistermix and DougJ.
    Whine instead of wine.

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    RossinDetroit, Rational Subjectivist says:

    @Maude:

    Thanky, Ma’m. I may drop in for a look. If the rain stops I’ll be off down Atlantic Ave to a joint called The Raven. It’s recommended by an old pal who insists I not mention his name.
    IOW, I’m bored, and might look for some night life rather than another evening staring at pixels.

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    ThresherK says:

    @RossinDetroit, Rational Subjectivist: Surprise proposal on an October beach near sunset?

    That ploy has been known to work.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @TooManyJens: Just signed your petition! I was #38, surely everyone here would sign it?

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    James Hulsey says:

    @James E. Powell:

    That’s the great thing about WVU. Any drunk can paint a squiggly line on his chest and call it WVU as long as it squiggles enough.

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    RossinDetroit, Rational Subjectivist says:

    @ThresherK:

    Apparently. I just looked again and I see a ‘YES’ in the sand by the proposal. Good luck, kids!

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    ThresherK says:

    @RossinDetroit, Rational Subjectivist: Well, it worked again! Good luck, indeed.

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    Finn13 says:

    Why isn’t Balloon Juice talking about Obama’s plans to cut Social Security benefits in the lame duck? it says it right there on his campaign website.

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    As a former high school and college drummer, let me just say…wow.

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    Suezboo says:

    May I agree with whoever said Americans do weird stuff?
    This was a brilliant display, to be sure, but my first thought was : These are students? This must have taken hours and hours of practice – when do they like, study?

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    Downpuppy says:

    Perfect followup to HonkFest yesterday.

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    Dr. Squid says:

    @Yutsano: There will be when Mitt goes there to baptize the corpses from the civil war.

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    Chris from Arlington says:

    @Felinious Wench:
    Heh heh. I was, and still am, a Sax player. My buddy and I used to have “Loudest single thing in the room” contests between his Bari and my Tenor (a very loud, easy-blowing Mk VI) at Basketball Games. Ahh good times.

    I played a cruddy student model in marching band, and, to my great sadness, went to a school without a marching band (or football team). However GW did have two good basketball teams when I was there, so all the engergy that could have gone into marching band shows, went into basketball band. Man that was fun. The good horns didn’t go outside, too expensive to repair all the pad damage.

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    Chris from Arlington says:

    Went to a college that is. I marched quite a bit during High School.

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    TBDBITL says:

    No drill team, no woodwinds – just lots of brass and percussion. This band memorizes all their music, too. As an OSUMB alum, I would estimate they took about two weeks of rehearsal time to put that show together. And yes, they are also students! Go Bucks! WB!

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