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Ohio State School of Blind Marching Band to Lead Outback Bowl Parade, Perform at Bowl Game

December 29, 2019

The Ohio State School for the Blind Bandis the only blind marching band in the world. It will also be the lead band inthe Outback Bowl New Year's Eve Parade in Tampa Tuesday night and will be partof a massed band performance at half time of the Outback Bowl game on January 1stin Raymond James Stadium.

The nationally recognized band is known for their ability toentertain and inspire. The members, in grades 7-12, come from all over thestate of Ohio and are guided by community volunteers from various walks oflife.

"We are excited to host thisgroup of talented young people as part of our halftime show and New Year's EveParade," noted Outback Bowl President/CEO Jim McVay. "It is a great opportunity to showcase theirabilities on a big stage."

The band was formed in 2005 when now retireddirector Carol Agler added Marching Band to support the Ohio School for theDeaf Football program. OSSBMB performs their half-time drills at area highschools and in band festivals. We regularly march as the lead band in theMillersport Sweet Corn Festival Parade, the Circleville Pumpkin Show Pa The band has been honored numerous times withresolutions from the Ohio Senate for advancing the rights of people withdisabilities to participate in all aspects of the community.

TheOutback Bowl celebrates its 34th game this year and will be played on January 1stat 1:00 PM ET in Raymond James Stadium. Tickets to the game are availablethrough Ticketmaster at For additional information or special ticketpackages, contact the Outback Bowl office at (813) 874-2695.

For information on Outback Bowl events, area hotels, restaurants andattractions, visit the Outback Bowl online at


TheOutback Bowl attracts local fans and visitors from more than 40 states eachyear for the game and week of events while generating tens-of-millions ofdollars in exposure for the region. The Bowl boasts the longest title sponsorin bowl game history, with Outback Steakhouse celebrating its 25th year withthe game. The Bowl has contributed over $155 million to universities over itshistory and is estimated to have generated more than $1 billion in economicimpact for the Tampa Bay area over this time. It has also contributed more than$1.5 million to area charities since 2016 and has committed to paying anadditional $39 million to universities and donating at least $3 million more tocharities through the 2026 game.