Grossman will “dot the I” for OSU band
Kyle Grossman’s mom, Nancy, finds it hard to believe that Kyle will begin his fourth year as a member of The Ohio State University Marching Band. She is delighted that he will have the honor of “dotting the I” at the OSU football game Sept. 15th.
OSU will play California in Columbus Saturday and Kyle is very excited to have the honor of being the “I dotter”. It is the tradition for a senior sousaphone player to dot the I in “Script Ohio” at each game during half time.
Nancy said the ”I dotter” gets to design their own shirt, and the logo on his shirt says “Kyle, Mr. Tumnus, dots the I.” She said there is meaning behind the design of Kyle’s T Shirt, which he designed for the occasion.
Kyle says he got the nickname as a freshman because of the short chin whiskers he had at band try-outs. “Mr. Tumnus” was the name of the goat in the movie “Chronicles of Narnia” who had a goatee.
“I’m very glad his nickname is “Mr. Tumnus”. Trust me,” Nancy said with a laugh. “Some of the band members have nicknames that don’t sound very nice.”
The Grossmans encourage people to go to the “skull session” before the football game at St. Johns Arena on the OSU campus. The practice session for the band takes place two hours before the game and it’s free. The band plays all the half time music they will perform including “Script Ohio.” The “I dotter” gets to do his strut and dot the I there too. You can also visit with band members after the skull session outside the arena.
For those who can’t get to the game or St. John Arena for the pre-game skull session, the game is scheduled to be on ABC (HD) beginning at 11 a.m. on Sat. Sept. 15.