Jody Victor: It was so awesome knowing the Ohio State Marching Band was in our Nations Capital playing for President Bush. What a huge accomplishment for the members. It was up to the band to raise the money themselves to be able to attend the events…and they did it! Ohio State Marching Band…the Best in the Land!
The Ohio State Band marches through the Nations capital covered by snow.
The OSU Marching Band marched in the inaugural parade on January 20th, 2005. The Band was expecting cold weather on Thursday the 2oth but they didn’t expect all the snow from Wednesday’s front. The weather forecast had called for a dusting of snow and temperatures in the mid-30s Wednesday. But the day started with temperatures hovering around 20 degrees and was accompanied by a couple of inches of snow.
“I hope it’s not this cold and snowy (on Thursday). I don’t want my valves to freeze,” said Joe Witkowski, who plays sousaphone in the Ohio State University marching band.>
The OSU Band played Wednesday night at the Wright Stuff inaugural gala that was hosted by the Ohio Republican Party.
The Ohio gala, which will give guests of the Ohio delegation exclusive access to the museum’s 22 exhibits, including one dedicated to Ohio’s own Wright brothers, was expected to draw more than 1,000 celebrants. One of the celebrants was Canton’s Mayor Janet Weir Creighton.
“I’ve been to three (Republican) conventions, been to the White House and met with the president, but this is my first inauguration,” said Creighton, who said at least two dozen Stark County Republicans are in the capital to celebrate President Bush’s win and second term.