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Hanna Royer and Jordana Buyserie have never let hearing impairment stop them from doing what they love. Both began playing musical instruments at an early age and participated in their high school marching bands. Now, they march for OSU as part of the color guard, and with support from Disability Access Services, they’ve loved every minute.
If you attend any home football game, you’ll see Hanna and Jordana on the field performing intricately choreographed routines in perfect time. As noted in a recent College Marching article featuring Hanna and Jordana, the American Sign Language interpreters who attend every practice and performance help them keep count from the sidelines.
“Disability Access Services has been super helpful,” Band Director Olin Hannum said in the article. “[The interpreters] are treated like part of the staff for purposes of travel and stadium passes.” Jordana has worked with her interpreter since her junior year in high school and she’s glad that they can continue their partnership at OSU. But Hanna, after going without an interpreter for her high school marching career, has found marching in college much more enjoyable.
Hanna and Jordana love the welcoming, supportive marching band community as much as they love performing. “OSU [has been] a much better experience than high school color guard,” Hanna said. “People are much nicer, and more understanding of my deafness.” Jordana seconds this sense of belonging. “My experience with the marching band [has been] priceless and it’s the best thing I’ve ever done,” she says.