Ohio State Marching Band


A judge is blocking fired Ohio State band director Jon Waters from questioning school athletic director Gene Smith and a  U.S. Department of Education civil-rights attorney in his lawsuit alleging gender discrimination after being fired for ignoring a sexualized band culture.

Attorneys for fired Ohio State University marching band director Jon Waters will continue to defend him until his federal case will go to trial.

A second lawsuit filed by Ohio State University's fired marching band director is being affected by his financial troubles.

Court documents show former Ohio State University marching band director Jon Waters can no longer afford the legal team helping him fight for reinstatement.


Ohio State University has named an associate marching band director as the interim replacement for Jon Waters, who was fired last year for turning a blind eye to a sexualized band culture.

Fired Ohio State University marching band director Jon Waters filed a new lawsuit today claiming the university has so damaged his reputation that he cannot get work "despite his previous renown."

Ohio State University's marching band alumni club says an independent review of band culture released last month should be used to revisit the firing of band director Jon Waters.

Fired Ohio State marching band director Jon Waters has filed a federal lawsuit requesting reinstatement on grounds that the university denied him due process. 

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The fired director of Ohio State's marching band is formally requesting his job back, citing alleged flaws in a university investigation and a positive performance review issued weeks before he was terminated.

Drake: Waters Likely Won't Be Reinstated

Aug 14, 2014
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Ohio State University's evaluation of fired marching band director Jon Waters lauded him for "courageous" efforts to address attitudes surrounding the band's traditions seven weeks before he was dismissed.

Witness Says OSU Probe Of Marching Band Is Flawed

Aug 12, 2014

A witness in Ohio State University's investigation of its marching band says it's "absurd" to suggest fired director Jon Waters was dismissive of sexual harassment.

Despite Ohio State University officials standing by their decision to fire marching band director Jon Waters, the band's alumni association says it will continue to work to get him reinstated.

OSU Names Interim Band Directors

Aug 5, 2014

Two music professors will be the 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. 

Former Ohio State University marching band director Jon Waters claims cultural changes were underway before he was fired.

Nearly 7,500 people have signed their name to an online petition, demanding the rehiring of Ohio State University's former band director.  

A group of mostly female OSU marching band alumni held a protest on campus yesterday calling for the reinstatement of band director Jon Waters.

Task Force To Examine OSU Marching Band Culture

Jul 28, 2014

Ohio State University is expected to announce today it will form a task force to help bring changes after the firing of marching band director Jon Waters amid allegations he ignored rampant sexual harassment.

An attorney says the fired director of Ohio State University's marching band has become a scapegoat for behavior that occurred before his leadership and he'll fight to clear his name.

Ed and Karen Crockett

Ohio State University has fired band director Jon Waters after an internal investigation found that he knew about and ignored "serious cultural issues" including sexual harassment.