“He says, ‘Hey Ryan, wake up.’ I say ‘No, not now.’ He goes ‘Really, you might want to check this out.’ All the sudden I see the marching band in the commercial and I started screaming and going nuts. I’d been waiting for so long for this. I had to keep it secret,” Barta said.
Barta can be seen in the ad holding an iPad with a visualization of one of Ohio State’s formations. Later he twirls with the iPad in hand. The ad was filmed on Ohio State’s campus late last year. Barta joined the Screen Actors Guild to participate.
“Almost everyone I know has liked my Facebook status or tagged me in a post,” Barta said.
“It was pretty surreal to see our students and our program represented on a national scale and international level. It’s a great testament to the hard work our students put in,” Ohio State Band Director Jonathan Waters said. “If by seeing that some third- or fourth-grade kid says, ‘I want to be in a band some day. I want to play the drum; I want to play the trumpet,’ I think we’ve done our best to perpetuate what we do and forward what is a great American art form.”
Watch the full ad below: