A Delaware, Ohio native was selected to dot the i prior to Ohio State’s football game against Minnesota.
Anna Hurley is a senior at Ohio State, now in her fourth year with The Best Damn Band in the Land.
“The other sousaphone players are some of my closest friends that I’ll ever make,” she explained.
Hurley began playing the tuba in the fifth grade.
Her first band director was Chris Hoch, now OSU’s Director of Marching and Athletic Bands.
“He’s the one that taught me how to play the tuba,” Hurley said. “He sort of instilled in me the love of the instrument. He’s definitely part of the reason I’m here today.”
Hoch said he was incredibly proud of the musician he helped at a young age, being honored on Saturday.
“Dotting the i is the ultimate honor,” Hoch said. “I am thrilled and proud just to witness it and be a part of it.”
As expected, Hurley dotted the i to a thunderous applause from nearly 100,000 fans.
“That was insane,” she said. “I mean, it’s one of those things that you like, you imagine it every day for four years and then you’re finally doing it. It’s really, really short, but just to stand at the top of the i and hear the crowd go insane, that was amazing.”
Hurley said she plans to stay involved with TBDBITL after graduating.