OSU v Le Mans

March 10, 2020

Watching the Matt Damon ~ Christian Bale movie Ford v Ferrari Sunday night, while in the kitchen getting something to drink, I heard marching band-type music playing what sounded like a very familiar song. As the movie told the real life story of Carroll Shelby and Ken Miles’ attempt to build a racecar and win the 24 Hours Of Le Mans for the Ford Motor Company, though I couldn’t see the television, I figured the men had arrived at race day. But, why the heck were the French playing Script Ohio?

Well, it turns out the music behind Script Ohio was written by Frenchmen Paul Cezano and Jean Robert Planquette in 1870. The military march started as a poem written by Cezano entitled Le Regiment de Sambre et Meuse, in honor of his countrymen’s heroic effort in defeat during the Franco ~ Prussian War, with the music added by Planquette.

Who knew?

Steven H. Spring
OSU, Class of ‘87

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