By Joseph Pratt
From the first moment she first saw the Ohio University (OU) Marching 110 during her eighth grade year, local Destiny Campbell decided she wanted to be a Bobcat in the marching band. Campbell said that pursuing the opportunity to march in the band she fell in love with five years ago was the deciding factor to her enrolling at OU this fall.
Years of collective hard work and determination later, Campbell has not only made the band, but will appear during the pre-game show and the half-time show, a feat, she claims, took a lot of practice.
“I practiced all summer on my own at home. I learned the fight song, alma mater and all of the basic songs the band plays frequently,” Campbell explained. “I moved to Athens a week and a half early, went through training, had marching and music auditions and then finally learned that I made it.”
Campbell said she wasn’t sure she would get into the pre-game show and the half-time show, especially the pre-game show, since it is composed of a smaller group and harder to get into.
“Pre-game block is smaller and doesn’t have all 240 members of the band. I’m not sure how many march the half-time or pre-game, but I know pre-game block is much smaller and you have to be pretty good to get into both,” Campbell said. “I was ecstatic to learn I was accepted. I freaked out and was in shock. I was so happy, I still am.”
Campbell said that she is very passionate about music and considered pursuing it for a career, but decided to go into integrated language arts instead. Prior to attending OU, Campbell was a Trojan at Portsmouth High School (PHS), where she marched for many years. Her senior year she became the field commander and began seriously pursuing her auditions at OU.
“I learned a lot about music and marching from Mr. Brehm,” Campbell said. “When the director changed and we got Mr. Swintek, I started learning a lot more about the 110 and OU as a school in general. High school did a lot to shape where I am today. Music is one of the most important things in my life and I want to continue it forever.”
Campbell will take the Athens football field Sept. 20, 2014, when Ohio University goes up against Idaho.
“It is kind of overwhelming. I was very emotional, excited, scared, tired, everything, because this is unlike anything I’ve ever done,” Campbell said. “It is great though. I’m very happy with how things have gone.”
Joseph Pratt can be reached at 740-353-3101, EXT 1932, or @JosephPratt03.