The Ohio Northern University Marching Band was organized in 1890 through the Military Department at ONU. The band played for military events and other university functions but was not active with athletic events until the early 1900s when the athletic department was developed. Today, the band is part of the Department of Music and is very active on and off campus in a variety of performances. The band uses a modified corps-style of marching, along with colorguard, twirlers, and off-the-field percussion battery and three field commanders. The band performs at all ONU home football games, one away game per season, and several local parades. In addition, the band has been featured at numerous high school marching band festivals and competitions throughout Ohio. Membership in "The Star of Northwest Ohio" is open to all Ohio Northern students. The ONU Marching Band has performed for audiences all over the world. In recent years, the band has performed in Beijing, Shanghai, Rome, Sorrento, Hawaii, Paris, London, Montreal, Toronto, and Los Angeles, California. The ONU Marching Band is directed by Dr. Charles Bates. For more information, visit the ONUMB website!
The 2011 ONU Marching Band performed in Band-O-Rama on October 30, 2011 in the Freed Center. These selections were performed, "ONU Fanfare", "ONU Fight Song", "ONU Hymn", "Trooper Salute", "Service Song Salute", "Amazing Grace", Raiders March", "Children of Sanchez", "Take the A Train", "Caravan", "The Phantom of the Opera", "Layla", "Sing, Sing, Sing", "Thriller", "Don't Stop Believin'", "Who Loves You", "Sherry, Big Girls Don't Cry", "Can't Take My Eyes Off You", "December 1963, Oh What a Night", "March To The Scaffold", "Pirates of the Caribbean", "Dancing Through Life", "For Good", "One Short Day", "Somewhere OVer the Rainbow", and "Defying Gravity".