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Published: Friday, 8/29/2014

Ohio State hears from ex-band director's backers


COLUMBUS— Ohio State trustees have heard from a designated band alumnus and an outraged parent without further comment on the firing of marching band director Jonathan Waters.

Waters’ dismissal July 24 followed a university investigation concluding he failed to stop a “sexualized culture” of rituals within one of the nation’s most innovative marching bands.

Alumnus Gary Leppla said that he hopes trustees will keep discussions open. He called Waters “a son and brother” of what’s known as The Best Damn Band in The Land.

Dozens of alumni musicians and other supporters of Waters serenaded the event with fight songs and anthems. A pro-Waters banner was flown overhead.

As board members dispersed without comment after Leppla’s remarks, band parent Mary Ann Kimbro shouted out that they were disrespectful and too busy to listen. Other Waters supporters were heard calling the outcome of the day “disgusting.”

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