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FOOTBALL FEVER: A Look at the Marching Band's Grueling Schedule (Part 2 of 2)

COLUMBUS (Maria Durant/Kate Liebers) -- "The Best Damn Band in the Land" is not a title its members take lightly.

The nationally recognized Ohio State Marching Band has taken halftime performances to an entirely new level.

Typically, the band gets one week to prepare.

The first day begins with "challenges" to determine who -- of the 225 members -- gets to march.

Students who didn't make the cut for the previous game get the chance to see if they can out-perform their colleagues.

It was described as tryouts all over again -- exhausting and potentially devastating.

On Monday, the students use various types of technology to learn the maneuvers.

On Tuesday, they tackle the tunes.

By mid-week, they are introducing their instruments into the routine.

Still, some students have said the two hours they practice isn't enough.

"I spend six to eight hours just memorizing the music," band member Daniel Stevens said. "It's so much cardio to be able to have to breath support and also march with good technique."

By game day, spectators see how the practice paid off.

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