The Marching Pioneers &
tOSU Skull Session


Ohio State Buckeyes vs Wisconsin Badgers

October 26, 2019


The Marching Pioneers have been invited to perform at
The Best Damn Band In The Land Skull Session this fall.

What is a Skull Session?

Skull Session originally served as a final music rehearsal for the band prior to their performance on the field, but has evolved into one of the most anticipated game day traditions at The Ohio State University.

The band marches over to St. John two hours and twenty minutes before kickoff and bursts into the arena to the sound of the ramp cadences. After a few short cheers from each section, the band takes their seats to play “Fanfare for a New Era” as the football team arrives. Coach Urban Meyer and one of the players each speak briefly to the fans before they depart for the locker rooms.

As the team exits, the band plays “Across the Field,” first softly and slowly, then up to the usual pace and volume. Other Skull Session traditions include “The Navy Hymn” and “Hang On Sloopy.”

The band then performs a final musical run-through of its pregame and halftime shows, previewing the exciting soundtrack the band will be providing in The 'Shoe that day. Before exiting St. John, the band strikes up “Across the Field” one more time to hype up the fans as they go to cheer on the Buckeyes.

Source - The Ohio State Marching and Athletic Bands

Skull Session