The British are Coming, and so is the Ohio State Marching Band
The Ohio State Marching Band may feel most at home on the familiar turf of The Horseshoe, but will soon find themselves marching somewhere a little more peculiar. On a boat.
On September 1, 2013, 18 cannon-bearing Tall Ships from across the globe, dignitaries from all four corners of the United States, and thousands of visitors won’t be the only things invading the Lake Erie Islands for the Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial.
We’re proud to add to the invasion by bringing the Ohio State Marching Band into the festivities for a unique one time appearance.
Sixty-six years after Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry uttered his illustrious words “We have met the enemy and they are ours,” the humble foundation of the Ohio State Marching band began to take shape in Columbus, Ohio in the form of a 12-piece fife and drum corps. Since then this innovative band has risen to immeasurable heights enjoying national and international acclaim, even earning the moniker “The Best Damn Band in the Land.”
Making the trek up from Buckeye land on September 1st, the OSU Marching Band’s full schedule will commence with a parade through the city of Port Clinton, Ohio, finishing with a concert there before converging at the Miller Ferry Dock in Catawba. During the short ride across the Western basin of Lake Erie, the spirited group will continue to fill the gunnels with music until they march right off the boat into downtown Put-in-Bay and yes you read that correctly, the band will continue playing while floating across on the Miller Ferry. They will then make their way in full uniform to Perry’s Monument around 8:00 p.m. for a concert replete with fireworks and a freedom celebration.
After seeing this legendary marching band play in the shadow of the 352 foot tall Perry’s International Peace Memorial, onlookers will also be able to tour the Ships, enlist as Crew Members in the reenactment, or be part of the Bicentennial Fleet or Militia.
If you’re worried about getting off the island too late after the band’s performance, worry no more. We will offer a special late night ferry service featuring an extra boat at 9:00 pm, 10:00 pm and another that is TBD (or approximately 30 minutes after the fireworks).