Buckeye pride in the Big Apple
Relive the Ohio State marching band’s historic appearance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade by walking in the steps of Erin Koyle ’16.
How do you arrive at the brink of history?
If you’re Erin Koyle ’16, you buy a thrift-store trumpet for $35 and teach yourself to play. Three years later, you’re a graduate student standing at attention at West 77th Street and Central Park West in New York City on a bright, frigid morning. You take your place in S Row of The Ohio State University Marching Band, the iconic troupe set to make its debut appearance in the 92nd annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. This is midpoint of a week — Michigan Week! — as challenging as Manhattan’s cacophony and intense pace. Time seems compressed, testing the wits and endurance of everyone who wears the traditional wool uniform. Yet all demands are met with military precision. Now Koyle and her bandmates — dear friends and fellow parade leaders — hear the drums sound. It is time. They step off to march into history, each footfall making an indelible memory. — Todd Jones