Every Ohio State graduate I know is proud of the Ohio State University Marching Band — which any true Buckeye knows as The Best Damn Band In The Land. That’s why the recent report about TBDBITL, and the dismissal of band director Jonathan Waters, is very hard news to take for the members of Buckeye Nation.
One of my friends is father to a daughter, Jocelyn Smallwood, who played Sousaphone in TBDBITL and dotted the i in Script Ohio during the Michigan game — an incredible accomplishment I wrote about in this blog several years ago. She loves the band and respects Mr. Waters — and she also happens to be mentioned in the report because her band nickname is “Donk.”
Jocelyn offers a different view on the recent report and the dismissal decision. If you’re interested in seeing what one band member has to say about the issues, you can find Jocelyn’s thoughts here.