Letter to the editor:
I would like to voice my opinion about the so-called “sexualized culture” and “excessive use of alcohol” of the Ohio State Marching Band. As a former member of the Athletic Band, I’ve had a previous insight into the band culture. When the report initially came out, I was appalled at the accusations made toward this phenomenal group of people.
This past weekend, I was honored to attend the annual Band Dance. As a junior in college, I have attended many club social events and what I observed at this band event somewhat surprised me. Alcohol was not served, which has not been the case at any other social events I have attended for other clubs. Aside from that, the dancing also surprised me. Everyone had a sense of professionalism about them. There was no “grinding” or suggestive dancing to be seen. It makes me wonder, how can inappropriate dancing be accepted in a high school environment while it is obviously frowned upon by the members of this outstanding group? There was no contract or list of rules that was made to be followed, just a consensual, unspoken agreement on how to act.
To me, this proves that the “sexualized culture” reference was far too absurd. The members of this band provide the foundation of pride and tradition to this entire university. Without them, we would not be able to celebrate a Buckeye win with the singing of “Carmen Ohio.” Without them, nothing would keep the momentum up during games to encourage our team to fight harder. Coach Urban Meyer comments at many pre-game Skull Sessions on how much he and the football team appreciate the efforts of the band. He emphasizes its importance weekly. If the band is that important to them, it should be that important to everyone else in this university.
I also had the pleasure of performing under the direction of former Marching Band director Jon Waters. I can personally advocate that he in fact was making steps to change the culture of the band. All I ask is that my opinion be heard and that everyone will take a minute to read and understand the facts about this wonderful group of people without judging them based on an incredibly biased investigation report filed by the university. We should all be working together to keep the pride and tradition alive, and to do so, the band and Dr. Waters requires our support.
Third-year in meat science