The Ohio University Marching 110

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Ohio University Marching 110
The "Diamond Ohio" logo.
School Ohio University
Location Athens, Ohio
Conference Mid-American Conference
Founded 1923
Director Dr. Richard Suk
Members 240
Fight song "Stand Up and Cheer!"

Ohio University Marching 110 is the official marching band of Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, founded in 1923. The nickname Marching 110 is a reference to the band's original number of members. The 2017 band consists of 240 members. It represents the University at various athletic functions and other events, including over 40 NFL Halftime shows.


In 1923, a student by the name of Homer Baird started the first marching band at Ohio University. In 1966, Gene Thrailkill joined the OU faculty as the Director of Bands at Ohio University. Thrailkill brought with him a new high-energy marching style and new uniform, both of which remain the staple of the Marching 110 today. Along with the style switch, Thrailkill also removed all women and majorettes from the band, keeping one Drum Major. In 1967 the band became known as the "100 Marching Men of Ohio," and the following year the 110 members of the band were coined the "110 Marching Men of Ohio," the 110 symbolized by the Marching 110 of today. In 1975, women were re-admitted to the Marching Band, and remain so today. The Ohio University Marching 110 was nominated as the best college marching band in the nation by [1] in September 2007 and ranked as one of the "100 Things We Can't Wait To See This College Football Season" by Cinema News [2] in August 2010. The Marching 110 also participated in the 2010 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California.

Directors of the Ohio University Marching 110[edit]

Gene Thrailkill (1966–1971)[edit]

After arriving at Ohio University in 1966, Gene Thrailkill made drastic changes to the Ohio University Marching Band. While there were some controversial changes having to do with membership, he ultimately hoped to increase the band's size from approximately 85 members. The following fall, 112 marchers were chosen to march in the new band. Other changes included new traditional uniforms and a new style for the band. With popular music of the day, hard-driving marching and a great "esprit-de-corps," the 110 Marching Men of Ohio began "The Most Exciting Band in the Land." Thrailkill was also the originator of the 110's "Diamond Ohio" formation at Ohio University. After The Ohio State University Marching Band used "Diamond Ohio" ,Thrailkill pushed for the "Diamond Ohio" formation to give the band its own trademark. Thrailkill was director of bands until 1971. Prior to his arrival to Ohio University in 1966, Thrailkill served as director of instrumental music for the New Lebanon Public Schools (Ohio). He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan and a Master of Music degree from Ohio University. In 2000 Coach Thrailkill retired as Regents Professor and Professor of Music at The University of Oklahoma where he took over in 1971. He also served as Director of University Bands and headed the extensive OU band program. The Marching 110 was honored to have Mr. Thrailkill speak and guest conduct the 110 at Homecoming 2001. Mr. Thrailkill attended the Thursday, Friday and Saturday morning practices of the Marching 110, as well as the new OUMB Society of Alumni & Friends Display Case dedication ceremony in Memorial Auditorium.

Dr. Thomas Lee (1971-1973)[edit]

Dr. Lee received his education from Drake University and the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. Later, he was the Assistant Director of the Drake University Marching Band and then came to Ohio University in 1971 to conduct the Marching 110. Lee was also the founder and conductor of the Ohio University Wind Ensemble and received a research grant to develop an innovative approach to teach conducting. In 1985, Lee became the director of the UCLA Wind Ensemble which he has raised to a level of national prominence.[1]

Ronald P. Socciarelli (1973–1990)[edit]

Ohio University Marching 110, under the direction of Professor Socciarelli, as well as the wind ensemble, toured extensively throughout the east and Midwest. The wind ensemble was selected to perform several times at the Ohio Music Educators Association conferences and at the national meeting of the College Band Director's National Association Convention and at the National Music Teacher's Association Conference in Washington, DC. Professor Socciarelli earned degrees from Ithaca College and the University of Michigan, and he is an active guest conductor and clinician. Presently, he holds the title of Professor Emeritus of Music, teaching the fall quarter of each year in the areas of conducting and literature. He retired to Aiken, South Carolina. In 1997, members of the Ohio University Marching 110 were honored to hear Professor Socciarelli at their annual band banquet. Then, in 2003, Socciarelli returned once again to conduct the Marching 110 and over 200 Alumni during the annual homecoming game during the celebration of Ohio University's Bicentennial, as well as speak at the annual Alumni Banquet.

Ronald Socciarelli died on February 2, 2012, in Aiken, South Carolina, where he had resided since retiring from Ohio University. Shortly after his death, Ohio University adopted his quote "Better Than the Best Ever" as the official theme for the 2012 Homecoming Celebrations. On October 13, over 600 Marching 110 Alumni returned to Ohio University to pay tribute to "The Man." The largest Alumni band in the history of Ohio University took to the streets of Athens in a homecoming celebration that was undoubtedly Better Than the Best Ever.[1]

Dr. Sylvester Young (1990–1996)[edit]

Dr. Sylvester Young, a Florida native, received a bachelor's degree in music education from Florida A&M University in 1969, and in 1986 was recognized as one of that institution's "100 Most Outstanding Graduates." He earned his master's degree in music from Bowling Green State University in 1973. Young completed all course work for the Ph.D. program in music education at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. While at Missouri, he performed in select ensembles, including the famous MOSSPAC Symphony (Missouri Symphony Society Performing Arts Center). Young has also taught music in several states, including South Carolina, Tennessee, Missouri, and Virginia where he conducted the Marching "Force," a 220-piece band. The Marching 110 was under Young's direction from 1990 through 1996. The 1997 members of the Ohio University Marching 110 were also honored to hear Mr. Young speak at their annual band banquet. Currently, Young is the director of the Florida A&M Marching 100.[1]

Dr. Richard Suk (1996–Present)[edit]

Dr. Richard Suk is serving his twentieth year as Director of the Marching 110. He is also the conductor of the Symphonic Band and Varsity Band. A native of Mobile, Alabama, Dr. Suk received his bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi and his doctorate in music education from the University of Illinois. Prior to his appointment at Ohio University, Dr. Suk taught in the public schools in Mississippi and Alabama for ten years where his bands received consistent superior ratings on the district and state levels. Dr. Suk is a member of various professional and honorary societies including Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Ohio Music Educators National Conference, College Band Directors National Association and Pi Kappa Lambda. He is a recipient of the National Band Association's Citation of Excellence and is active as an adjudicator and clinician.[2]


The band marches clarinets, trumpets, mellophones, alto and tenor saxes, trombones, euphoniums, and sousaphones. The percussion section consists of eight snare drums, four sets of timbales, four sets of duo-tenor drums, four pitched bass drums, and four pitched cymbals.

Fight song[edit]

Ohio University Marching 110 plays "Stand Up and Cheer!" originally composed by Paul McNeely, the song has been sung at Ohio University athletic events dating back to the early 1900s. The lyrics have been edited for Ohio and are as follows:

Stand Up and Cheer,
Cheer loud and long for old Ohio,
For today we raise
The Green and White above the rest.

Our teams are fighting
And they are bound to win the fray.
We've got the team,
We've got the steam,
For this is old Ohio's day!
Rah! Rah! Rah![3]

Drum cadences[edit]

In parades, one of the high notes of 110's performance is their dance routines to drum cadences. The following are some of the current and former drum cadences used by the 110.

7 & 1/2,Out of it, Cherry, Funk, Jimbo, Tequila, Gym Shorts, No!, Uncertain, Herb (retired), Robbers, Your Mother, Two Bucks, Cheesecake (retired) and the newest cadence, Grabbit.


In the fall of 1967, after Professor Gene Thrailkill took over the band, the uniforms went through a style update like most other aspects of the program. The jackets were changed to black sleeves and collars, with a white chest, braids and shoulder nests. Across the chest 'OHIO' is printed in block letters on the diagonal in black, outlined by green. The uniform hats have a white trim with a design around the sides on a black background. A green, black, and white plume was added to show off more of the school colors. A black bibber with a white stripe down the leg was used to show off the band's great marching technique that is used. They are recognized for the white and green short half capes that they wear on the backs of their jackets. Lastly, shined black shoes with white spats were worn to better contrast with the green color of the turf grass used at the school's football field.[4]

Going viral[edit]

On October 1, 2011 the Marching 110 performed "The Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO as the dance chart to conclude its halftime show. A video of the performance was uploaded to, and within days had accumulated more than 1 million views. The video earned the Marching 110 worldwide recognition and was featured on many prominent websites including ESPN and To date, the video has reached almost 12 million views.[5]

On September 22, 2012, the Marching 110 again went viral with the Korean singer PSY's hit "Gangnam Style". The video was taken down by someone who hacked the YouTube account and deleted the video. It was re-uploaded a few days later with the views set back to 0. To date, the video has been viewed more than 8,800,000 times. Featured on Good Morning America and through several other prominent media outlets, the Marching 110 has gained considerable recognition in a year when Ohio Athletics are at their best in a generation.[6]

Prominent performances[edit]

In addition to their annual Ohio Theatre Performance in Columbus, Ohio, the 110 has also performed for the following:

  • 1968 Tangerine Bowl, Orlando, FL
  • 1976 1st Collegiate Marching Band to perform in New York's famed Carnegie Hall
  • 1987 Marched in the US Constitution Bicentennial Parade - Philadelphia, PA
  • 1993 Performed in Bill Clinton's Inauguration Parade and ball, Washington D.C.
  • 1998 Opening gala of the restored Allen Theater in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 2000 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, NYC
  • 2005 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, NYC
  • 2006 MAC Championship Game in Detroit, MI vs. Central Michigan
  • 2006 15 Members of the Marching 110 appeared as surprise guests on NBC's hit game-show Deal or No Deal.
  • 2007 GMAC Bowl in Mobile, AL vs. Southern Mississippi
  • 2009 MAC Championship Game in Detroit, MI vs. Central Michigan
  • 2009 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Game in Detroit, MI vs. Marshall University
  • 2010 The Tournament of Roses Parade on New Years Day
  • 2010 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl in New Orleans, LA, Ohio vs. Troy
  • 2011 MAC Championship Game in Detroit, MI vs. Northern Illinois
  • 2011 77 Members of the Marching 110 traveled to The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise, ID, vs. Utah State
  • 2012 AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl in Shreveport, LA, Ohio vs. ULMONROE
  • 2013 Europe Tour. Performed in Dublin Ireland, and Rome, in front of the Vatican
  • 2013 Beef O' Brady's Bowl in St. Petersburg, FL vs. East Carolina
  • 2015 Camelia Bowl in Montgomery, AL, vs. Appalachian State
  • 2016 France Tour. Performed a memorial concert of patriotic songs at the cemetery at Omaha Beach in Normandy, the Champs-de-Mars under the Eiffel Tower, and in Disneyland Paris.
  • 2016 MAC Championship Game in Detroit, MI vs. Western Michigan
  • 2016 Dollar General Bowl in Mobile, Alabama vs. Troy
  • Has performed at games of the following Professional Football teams:
    • Cleveland Browns
    • Pittsburgh Steelers
    • Washington Redskins
    • Buffalo Bills
    • New York Giants
    • Jacksonville Jaguars
    • Detroit Lions
    • Toronto Argonauts of the CFL
    • Cincinnati Bengals
    • Denver Broncos
    • New York Jets
  • 2017 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, NYC


  • High Extended Chair-Step
  • Diamond Ohio - This now well known set performed by the Marching 110 program in the pre-game show was modeled after The Ohio State University Marching Band by Dr. Thrailkill as a way to give the band a symbol. This capital "H" with and I in the middle surrounded by two triangle shapes pointing away from the center gives the appearance of spelling out Ohio on the field.[2]
  • Unique Dance Moves to Drum Breaks
  • OUMB Band Jackets (signifies membership in the 110)
  • Annual performances at the historic Ohio Theatre in Columbus, Ohio and many previous performances at the Palace Theatre, also in Columbus, Ohio.


  1. ^ a b c Hollow, Betty (2003). Ohio University, 1804–2004: The Spirit of a Singular Place. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press. pp. 125–135. 
  2. ^ a b Brozak, George (2004). Diamond Ohio, A History of the Ohio University Bands. Ashland, Ohio: Bookmasters, Inc. pp. 34–36. 
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  4. ^ Jones, Paula. "2009/2010 Pasadena Tournament of Roses Bandfest Photos". Group Photos, Inc. Retrieved 2 November 2011. 
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