On Saturday, Sept. 23, the Ohio State University Buckeyes football team battled the UNLV Rebels in the OSU stadium. The halftime show featured the OSU Marching Band and 600 Marching Band Alumni in their 49th reunion.
One family marching in the show brought three generations and six players. Grandpa Jim Essman was in the marching band from 1958 – 1961 on baritone horn. Daughter Julia Essman Stevens was in the band from 1985 – 1988 on baritone horn. Grandson Dan Stevens was in the marching band from 2011-2015 on trombone. Also marching in the family were son Steve Essman, 1993 – 1997 on sousaphone, and son-in-law Brian Stevens, 1984 – 1987 on trumpet.
This year this marching band family was joined by grandson Nathan Stevens, who plays mellophone. Grandma Carolyn is a librarian retired from Westfall High School, where Julia and Steve graduated. Jim and Carolyn are residents of eastern Fayette County.