Jon Waters Unleashes Vulgarity-Laced Tirade on Drum Major

By DJ Byrnes on July 25, 2014 at 3:09p

On the heels of band director Jonathan Waters firing from Ohio State, The Columbus Dispatch obtained audio of Waters cursing at a drum major.

The audio, recorded without Waters' knowledge, was handed over to Ohio State on July 9th, more than a month after Ohio State had initiated its investigation into the culture of the band.

From The Dispatch:

Context behind the recording is limited, but the 23-page investigation report says the student was called into Waters’ office along with Christopher Hoch, the associate director of the band, during the week of Sept. 23, 2013. Investigators wrote that there had been a disagreement during practice. 

In the recording, Waters does not sound too pleased. After what sounds like a door slamming, Waters gets down to business.

Waters: Alright, Kyle, who is he? What is his position here?

Student: Associate director.

Waters: And what am I?

Student: Head director.

Waters: And you fucking better realize who you’re dealing with. We told you to do something on the field and you outright disrespected him and me. Now, this will not stand. We tell you to stand on your head, and as drum major, you’ll stand on your goddamn head if you want to be drum major. Do you understand?

Student: Yes I do.

Waters: Are we completely clear?

Student: Yes we are.

Waters: Again? Done. On the spot. Done. Do you understand?

Student: Yes, I do.

Waters: You gotta know, when I walked over there... we, we know you gotta practice the ramp. And that's why we did it a second fucking time.

Hoch: Which we didn't have time to do. But we did that for you, alright?

Waters: We as a staff selected David to do the interview because you had a problem with the goddamn media. And that's why we chose him to do it. We understand you're coming down the ramp this weekend. 

You ever do that again after we've given you a direct goddamn order and you're done. Do you understand?

Student: Yes, I do.

Waters: That's it. Goodbye.

Underhanded tactics to record somebody without their knowledge, and you can almost feel Kyle's hidden smirk as the tape rolls. It wouldn't have been enough to oust Waters on its own — after all, who hasn't been dressed down by superiors? — but it doesn't make Waters look any better in the wake of Ohio State's 23-page report.

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