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Former OSU Band Director Talks About Waters' Firing

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - A former director for the Ohio State University Marching Band is speaking out about the firing of Jonathan Waters.

Waters was fired on July 23 after a two-month investigation by the Office of the University Compliance.

The Ohio State investigation allegedly revealed cultural issues that Waters was allegedly aware of or should have been aware of. It was further alleged that Waters failed to eliminate the "sexualized culture" and prevent it from reoccurring.

Dr. Paul Droste stood on the podium as band director for more than a decade, and said the fallout of what he is calling a poor decision could be felt for some time.

NBC4's Cabot Rea: "Do you feel personally that you were smeared a little by what came out in the investigation?

Droste: "I think I might have been smeared a lot rather than a little."

Droste has a long history with Ohio State. He marched with his euphonium in 1954, began as an assistant director in 1966, taking over as director in 1970.

Over the next 14 seasons, he took TBDBITL to a dozen bowl games. In 1973, he was in charge when Title IX opened the doors to the first female band members. Five females made the band that first year, and slowly, the numbers grew.

Droste admits there were antics and sophomoric behavior that would not be tolerated today, but he said he believes that the recent investigation painted a broad, unsubstantiated brush stroke of sexualized culture unfair to the majority of band members of his era – and certainly to Waters.

"He could have been the solution, rather than the problem. He had a feel for the band, a feel for the culture, the respect of the members, and he did probably more in his two years to affect the culture of the band than many of us did in many more years," Droste said.

NBC4 asked Droste about sources who had suggested that some staffers in the music department had not been happy about how Waters got his job.

"The position is normally filled by the school of music," Droste said. "My understanding is that Gordon Gee acted and announced Jon Woods' retirement maybe before Jon was ready to retire, and appointed Jon Waters as interim."

After a high-profile and innovative halftime show became a YouTube sensation, Droste said, Gee removed the "interim" from the title.

NBC4: "So the school of music was not involved and that may have rubbed some the wrong way?"

Droste: "Right. Waters is not faculty. He does not have a faculty position."

Nonetheless, Droste said he's not happy with what has happened, and neither are many band alumni who are putting a hold on donations.

"The deed is done, and we are trying to undo the deed, but until something is definitely settled, I think most of the checkbooks are going to stay closed," Droste said.

Former and current band members have spoken out in favor of Waters, saying that the university overreacted to the concerns of a few, and that Waters was working to correct some of the questionable, decades-old traditions.

The investigation report released by the university outlined numerous activities that related to the band's culture, including Midnight Ramp, nicknames, Rookie Introductions, Rookie Midterms and Physical Challenges, Trip Tic, Songbook, and other misconduct and conditions on buses.

Current and former band members have said the report is an exaggeration, and more than 12,600 supporters have signed an online petition to have Waters reinstated.

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