Ohio State marching band prepares for the Rose Bowl

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    COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) The Ohio State Marching Band is getting ready to show the country why they’re called “The Best Damn Band in the Land” in the Rose Bowl Game.

    On Friday, the band practiced their routine inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Every step, turn and note was perfected.

    "We already have it down and we're just kind of relearning it and putting it back on the field,” explained band member Thomas Unger.

    Unger is one of two band members with the distinction of dotting the I during the band’s performance in the Rose Bowl.

    "You have to be in the marching band for 4 years to get the opportunity to do it. And to do it at such a big game like the Rose Bowl is such a high honor,” said Unger.

    Unger’s band mate Taylor Thompson is the other person with the rare honor.

    “Not a lot of people get to go to the Rose Bowl. Not a lot of people get to dot the I. Even fewer people get to dot the I at the Rose Bowl,” said Thompson.

    Thompson and Unger will be among the more than 270 members of the band heading to Pasadena according to Ohio State.

    The university said the band will practice again Saturday, before flying out to California Sunday morning.

    Thompson said the experience is one he’ll remember forever, “being actually able to go there, it's awesome."

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