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Spring 2022 Edition
Alumni & Friends Magazine

The man behind the band

In 2017, Gene Thrailkill, MED ’62, took what would be his last bow at Ohio University, returning to campus to conduct the Marching 110 and its alumni during a Homecoming performance commemorating the 50th anniversary of the band he built.

March 9, 2022


In less than five years as director of marching bands, Thrailkill—alongside his “marching men” of OHIO—transformed the look, energy and undeniable style behind the powerhouse known worldwide as the Marching 110. Thrailkill passed away on Nov. 10, but his legacy marches on in “The Most Exciting Band in the Land,” which is planning on honoring him during Homecoming 2022.

Photos of Gene Thrailkill over time

Photo left courtesy of the Mahn Center for Archives & Special Collections. Photo right by Nick Bolin, BSVC ’18, MA ’20.