Ohio State names interim leaders for marching band

Ohio State names interim leaders for marching band

Published Aug. 4, 2014 7:59 p.m. ET

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Two music professors will be interim leaders of Ohio State University's marching band, with one focusing on compliance and student safety in the wake of the investigation that led to the director's firing.

The university announced the appointments Monday, less than two weeks after firing Jonathan Waters.

A two-month investigation concluded Waters knew about but failed to stop a ''sexualized culture'' of rituals that included students marching in their underwear and performing sexually themed stunts to get explicit nicknames.

Waters led the band since 2012 and created halftime shows considered revolutionary, drawing millions of views on YouTube.


Ohio State's director of university bands, Russel C. Mikkelson, is now overseeing the marching band. The associate director of bands, Scott A. Jones, is responsible for student safety and Title IX compliance.