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New band leadership named, and it’s not Jon Waters

New band leadership named, and it’s not Jon Waters


Ohio State is moving on without Jonathan Waters a the helm of the marching band. While uproar still surrounds the university’s decision to fire Waters over the band culture, OSU appointing an interim director is a step toward moving the band forward. Professor Russel Mikkelson will oversee the band as director of university bands and Scott Jones as associate director the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported. “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, according to the paper. The leadership structure was made after discussions with university leadership, those in the department of music as well as current band members, Shanda said in a press release.

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