Jody Victor: What is a Skull Session?

Jody Victor: What is a Skull Session?

A “Skull Session” is the final rehearsal of the music before OSU game time so the band can plan and think through the show one last time – the last “Skull Session.”

The band would play through the entire show twice, once with music in hand, and a second time completely from memory. The Skull Session was changed to a concert/pep rally atmosphere by Dr. Paul Droste and that tradition continues today.

Visiting college bands are always invited to participate in Skull Session with the OSUMB, and in recent years high school bands from around the state of Ohio have been invited to entertain the early arrivals prior to the arrival of the OSUMB.

Skull Session starts two hours before kickoff of every home football game. It is a popular concert/pep rally, for over 10,000 fans are in attendance. Seats for skull session are in high demand and it is not unusual for dedicated band fans to arrive up to two hours before the band.