But while most every college football fan knows Script Ohio, and has likely seen the formation on television dozens of times, what they might not know is that this great Ohio State football tradition was first performed by the marching band from … the University of Michigan. Yep, it’s true.
So, yes, the Michigan band was the first to perform Script Ohio.
Well, Not Quite:
As former Ohio State band director Ted Boehm has written, Buckeyes “submit that the script aspect is only one part of the overall event that is signified by the name.” In fact, according to Boehm, most of the most important elements of the formation—including the dramatic dotting of the “I"—originated in Columbus.
So, take that, Michigan
The band includes 225 marching members—192 regulars and 33 alternates—and, according to Ohio State, is intended to replicate traditional British Military brass bands.
All of the band members are important, of course, but few members of TBDBITL get to experience the greatest thrill in Ohio State lore: Dotting the “I.”
Dotting the "I":
Not Just Anyone can Dot the "I":
There have also been a few select honorary dotters. Among them are legendary Ohio State coach Woody Hayes, golfer Jack Nicklaus and comedian Bob Hope.