Jul 25, 2014 5:59 AM by Chelsea DeCesare

Ohio State band marches on after director's firing

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio State marching band is moving forward without its director. A day after he was fired, it's performing with the Columbus Symphony in what's often considered the band's unofficial season kickoff.

Jonathan Waters was dismissed Thursday after a two-month investigation determined he knew about and failed to stop a "sexualized" culture of rituals. Investigators found students were pressured to march in their underwear, sing lewd songs and perform sexually themed stunts to earn often explicit nicknames.

Fledgling Ohio State President Michael Drake says the university values respect and diversity and he was disappointed and shocked by the investigative findings.

Waters led what's known to fans as "The Best Damn Band in the Land" since 2012. His halftime shows were considered revolutionary and draw millions of viewers on YouTube.


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