In a stirring moment during today’s Skull Session, Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee announced the retirement of Dr. Jon Woods, Director of the Ohio State University Marching Band. Now entering his 28th season as director, and his 38th season with the band, Dr. Woods has one of the most storied careers in the long, proud history of the band.
The OSUMB official page discusses his career in more detail, including this:
A recipient of the School of Music Distinguished Teaching Award, Dr. Woods is recognized nationally as a clinician and adjudicator for both marching and concert band festivals. He received his Bachelors Degree from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, his Masters Degree from The Pennsylvania State University and his Ph.D. from The University of Michigan.
Dr. Woods has received untold honors and accolades over his illustrious career as a band director and a music educator. In 2010 Dr. Woods topped them all when he was awarded one of the most prestigious honors in collegiate music – the College Band Directors Association Lifetime Achievement Award.
Dr. Woods will surely be missed.
Charles at Our Honor Defend will certainly have more to say later this week about this fine member of the best Ohio State traditions.
Update: Dr. Woods will finish this season with the band. Dr. Jon Waters, current Assistant Band Director of TBDBITL, will serve as interim Band Director next year.