Updates on Band Controversies at 2 Universities

October 24, 2014

At Ohio State University and the University of Oklahoma, controversies involving marching bands have become significant issues on the campus and statewide.

Ohio State has now, in response to a lawsuit by the band director it fired, Jonathan Waters, released more details about the inappropriate behavior that the university says led to the dismissal. The Columbus Dispatch reported that the university's latest legal filings say that officials found "a third sexual assault in the band while he was in charge, and they found several raunchy student-produced videos that sometimes included students who were partially nude. Waters sometimes appeared in cameos, according to OSU." Waters has denied wrongdoing and many band alumni are backing him.

In Oklahoma, Justin Stolarik resigned as director of the Pride of Oklahoma band, amid widespread criticism of the band's performance and of rules -- recently lifted -- that barred band members from speaking out about their concerns, The Norman Transcript reported.



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