Initially, this was a part of this morning’s Silver Bullet Points, but I’ve been encouraged to move it to a separate article to allow folks a chance to comment and so forth.
Time, like The Best Damn Band In The Land, marches on.
It’s not yet been a week since Jon Waters was fired, and the wounds are still fresh. You’ve read the stories from band members here at tBBC, and will continue to do so: we want to be sure that all voices are heard in this matter, as the Ohio State Marching Band is a deep part of our hearts.
Charles has done a great job of covering the perspective of those close to the program, even sharing a story with us last night of yet another student who felt that the OSUMB was a place of acceptance and safety in spite of what “official reports” and media coverage might have indicated.
With the season upcoming, they continue their preparation and performance schedule with the controversy still swirling. Even before the latest news, you heard the frustration from some of the band members- they represent the University so well, and yet the Athletic Department would rather pipe in “modern” music instead of letting the band do what they were designed to do.
And yet, the band plays on. How firm thy friendship, indeed.
For today’s reflection though, I want to take a different look at the circumstances at hand.
You see, I understand why the University felt the need to fire Jon Waters.
To be clear, I’m not saying that I agree with the decision nor am I saying that the termination was handled correctly. Those discussions are still be had way above my paygrade.
My point is that the nature of the allegations and the significance of the moment in which they happened factored into the decision, and made termination an option from day one. Read More
Well hello there! I take off for a week into the wilderness and come back to find that a) Dexter went Lizard King on me and b) Charles broke the site with his excellent coverage of the Waters situation (more later). It’s good to be needed, ya heard?
Seriously, thanks for your patience as we’ve been updating our server and so forth. I especially want to apologize to those band members who were kind enough to let us publish their stories… you deserved better than having us offline as much as we’ve been. At any rate, I think we’ve got a good handle on things now and ideas for a strong future as well… I think we’ve got the problems derezzed.
Those of you who play along with us during Fall liveblogs know my propensity for helping make stadium sound effects on third down as a way to
manage my ADD help the team. As such, today’s news hit me with a bit of both nostalgia and sadness… The band that gave us the bell may be no more. We’ve only got one choice for today’s soundtrack, then… Happy Wednesday!
Spring has finally arrived in Columbus, it seems- time to enjoy Oval Beach and discover all of the kids’ toys that were buried under the snow. Being Ohio, though, it only means that there’s another storm on the horizon… so, there’s but one choice for today’s soundtrack.