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Ohio State announces leadership plan for marching band

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COLUMBUS, OH (WOIO) -

The Ohio State University has a new plan for their famous marching band going forward after director Jon Waters was dismissed because of  a "sexualized culture".

The following was posted on the university website, osu.edu.

Ohio State will adopt an interim leadership structure to guide the marching band through the upcoming academic year.

Director of University Bands, Professor Russel C. Mikkelson, and Associate Director of University Bands Scott Jones have been appointed to provide operational leadership and oversight of the Ohio State Marching Band for the 2014-15 season. With these appointments, the new structure incorporates faculty leadership from the College of Arts and Sciences, through which Marching Band students receive academic credit for band participation.

"The new temporary leadership structure will best support our students, ensure the band's tradition of excellence continues and provide a seamless transition to a permanent band director," said Mark Shanda, dean of arts and humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences. The leadership structure was developed following discussions with University leaders, faculty in the School of Music and current marching band members.

In addition to the role adjustments for Mikkelson and Jones, Lisa Galvin has been hired as associate director for the length of the Marching Band season. Chris Hoch and Mike Smith will be retained as associate and assistant directors, respectively.

Under the temporary leadership structure, duties of the band's professional staff will be:

  • Mikkelson: general oversight and direction of the Marching Band
  • Jones: compliance, Title IX and student safety
  • Galvin and Hoch: drill design, music rehearsal, administration and student staff oversight
  • Smith: percussion, rehearsal assistance, athletic bands

A national search for a new Ohio State University Marching Band Director will begin in the very near future.

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