"Led onto the field by..." our Drum Majors!
Since the early days, the drum major has stepped forward to lead the band onto the field, in parades, and has served as the "face of the band" at many community events.
One early drum major, Myron McKelvey, is even responsible for part of that great Ohio State tradition of "dotting the i". It seems that McKelvey, who served as the Ohio State drum major in 1938, was about 4 measures too early in leading the sousaphone to the top of the "i". Unsure what to do, that sousaphone player removed his hat and bowed to the crowd. It was so well received that that element remains to this day.
While not exclusively a "boy's club", the MTSB has only had a handful of girls lead the band. Prior to 2020, a young lady from the majorette line would step up to fill the role, splitting her time between her duties as a majorette and drum major. Frequently, the position was categorized as "head majorette" or "featured twirler". For the 2020 MTSB, history was made twice as the band had not only its first true female drum major, but two drum majors on the field at the same time!
|2021||Brandon Johnson & Miriam Joseph|
Brandon Johnson & Miriam Joseph
|2003||Roger Wacker II|
|2002||Roger Wacker II|
|2001||Roger Wacker II|
|1995||No Drum Major|
|1994||No Drum Major|
|1993||No Drum Major|
|1992||No Drum Major|
|1991||No Drum Major|
|1990||No Drum Major|
|1989||No Drum Major|
|1988||No Drum Major|
|1984||Don Juan Jones|
|1983||Don Juan Jones|
|1982||Don Juan Jones|
First African American Drum Major