Band Members Ryan Barta and Charlie King, Fisher College of Business students at Ohio State, are trying to persuade school administrators to provide band members with an iPad. The logic is that the school would save money on music printing costs. The band is composed of 225 members. Each student receives 30-40 pages of sheet music and a drill packet for each halftime show. On average, the band was spending near $24,000 per year. Barta and King’s research led to the Office of Sustainability agreeing to fund a $25,000 pilot program to distribute 45 iPads to squad leaders, staff, and directors. Thus, they can pull up music, communicate, and watch animated drills on their new smart device.
Barta and King are seeking grant money to buy iPads for the entire band next season. Their proposal, which is pending approval, would provide each band member a free iPad for the season, after which they would have the option to buy or lease them during the off season. The plan’s cost is much higher, coming in at about $120,000. The band would save on printing costs and the projected revenue from the lease and buyback programs would allow the band to replace older iPads with new ones. Some athletes at Ohio States are provided with iPads already, such as the football team which uses the tablet to save paper on playbooks. It is possible that next year band members, like athletes at Ohio State, will all have iPads as well.