By Wayne Allen
Portsmouth High School (PHS) graduate, and current The Ohio State University student, David Pettit was recently named the 59th drum major for The Ohio State University Marching Band.
Pettit said his aspirations towards being a drum major started in high school when he was asked by the PHS band director to be the schools first drum major.
“I fell in love with it, and the rest is history,” Pettit said.
Pettit was drum major for The Ohio State University Marching Band during the first four football games in 2013, and will do all of the games this year. When asked about his experience in 2013, Pettit said “it was a good experience. I was able to get some prep for tryouts (in 2014) because I wanted to be in the best condition possible. I was relying on that experience to have the day of my life on Saturday (May 3) for my tryout.”
Pettit said tryouts are always a high pressure situation, “you only have about three minutes on one day to prove why you should have a spot or why you should keep your spot (in the band).”
Pettit said his training for this year’s tryouts started when the band got back from the school’s bowl game.
“You train to be perfect, so you can do it in your sleep and I just went out there, relied on my training and had a great day,” he said.
Pettit described his favorite part of the experience as running down the ramp.
“Running down the ramp when the drum major comes in the stadium is the most fun thing I’ve ever done in my life. It’s the greatest felling, of course you get a little bit of nerves, but once you start running they are all gone,” Pettit said. “Once you break out of the ramp and hear a wall of sound, it’s just amazing. It’s indescribable how an amazing the sites and sounds are, it’s perfect.”
In addition to being named drum major, this is Pettit’s last year of school at The Ohio State University.
“Since I had some experience last year I’m going to know what I’m doing and plan on savoring every moment,” Pettit said.
When asked what he is looking forward to the most Pettit said, “getting back on the ramp and leading script Ohio. Those are my two favorite things.”
For more information about The Ohio State University Marching Band visit osumarchingband.com
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