On the rim, On the head

You may be wondering what "On the rim, On the head" actually means. It's quite simple really. It is the drum cadence that they play when the band marches from the quad to Kyle Field. They call out as we start marching, "OTROTH" to signal this cadence. Then they play the cadence one time on the rims witch is a clicky sounding thing. Then they come down and play the cadence full force with the drumsticks hitting on the heads. And it is much louder. When I was a sophomore and junior, there was an A-Company white belt named Rod Hatter who played bass drum. And for two years, instead of "OTROTH", they would cry, "On the Rod, On the Hatter!" to signal the beginning of this cadence. They became so accustomed to crying the name like this, that when I was a senior, I was shocked, but pleased that they started shouting, "On the Richard, On the Hay!" to kick it off. It was really quite surprising since I was not a drummer. Had they not been crying out Rod Hatter's name for two years, I don't think I would have been honored such as I was. But with the trend started, they used my name as it conformed to the RH standard needed to fill in the significant letters of "OTROTH!"

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