Fifth time is a charm

Staff report

COLUMBUS – For the 5th time since she started playing the sousaphone for the Ohio State Marching Band in her junior year, 2013 West Liberty-Salem grad Lindsay Hostetler had the honor of “dotting the i” of script Ohio on Saturday, Sept. 21, for the Miami game at Ohio Stadium in Columbus.

Hostetler was cheered on by fans at home and those who traveled to the game, including Urbana’s own “Buckeyeman” Larry Lokai.

The daughter of Joanna and Greg Hostetler of West Liberty, she grew up with the tradition of OSU and its band. Her father also “dotted the i” in 1993 and 1994.

“The band has given me so much the past five years,” Hostetler said. “Dotting the i is why I tried out to be in the band, but the people is why I came back this year.”

Having graduated from OSU in 2017 with a bachelor of science degree in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Hostetler is a map technician in the Franklin County Engineer’s Office. She joined the OSU band her junior year and continues as a part-time, non-degree-seeking student.

“My only class is marching band,” she said, adding that a person can be in the band up to five years. This is her second time this season dotting the i.

Staff report