Eye on Education

Ohio State University Band Gets 355-Percent Funding Increase

WOSU reports that the Ohio State University marching band will see a significant increase in its funding, which will increase from $220,000 to $1 million a year.

To put that in perspective, the band’s previous funding was less than university President E. Gordon Gee’s 2012 bonus, but three times what Ohio State spent on purchasing Gee’s trademark bowties and bowtie-themed promotional items.

The new funding is equal to about a quarter of Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer’s annual base pay.

Band Director Jon Waters said the funding changes illustrate how the band represents the university overall.

“The band certainly plays at athletic events and is tied to the athletic department, but certainly to the university community as a whole,” he said. “So while it’s an ensemble in the school of music and while it’s tied in with the athletic department, it represents the band as a whole because the band represents the entire campus.”

Read more at: wosu.org

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