Ohio State Proposes iPads for Entire Band

Ohio State Marching Band students have proposed a new program that would replace sheet music and printed drill with iPads for every student.

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Two business students are hoping to take the Ohio State University Marching Band into a greener and more technological future by proposing a program that would provide iPads for each student in the 225- member “Best Damn Band in the Land.”

From Bloomberg Businessweek:

“Ryan Barta, a senior at OSU’s Fisher College of Business, and his bandmate Charlie King thought it could be even better with a little technological help. They’re trying to persuade administrators to give every member of the band an iPad, saving the school a bundle on music printing costs every year.

“Of course, some people thought this was crazy,” says Michael Hofherr, associate vice president for distance education and e-learning. “But my job is to push the envelope … and we saw this as one of those projects.””

The band is currently running a pilot program with 45 student leaders and has submitted a grant money proposal to fund iPads for the entire band next year.

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Elizabeth Geli

Elizabeth Geli is the assistant editor of Halftime Magazine and a journalist/communications professional in Southern California. Her 11 years at the University of Southern California (USC) Trojan Marching Band included time as a flute player, graduate teaching assistant, and student advocate. She holds a bachelor's degree in Print Journalism and master's degree in Specialized Journalism (The Arts) from USC.

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