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Ohio State Marching Band Plays a Money-Saving Tune

Ohio State Marching Band Plays a Money-Saving Tune
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The marching band at Ohio State University is sometimes referred to as the “Best Damn Band in the Land.” But 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.”