Christopher Hoch appointed to direct Ohio State band permanently

Christopher Hoch (CREDIT: The Ohio State University)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH/AP)–Ohio State University’s interim marching band director has now been named its permanent director.

Christopher Hoch has been interim director since last May. He replaced Jonathan Waters, who was fired after an internal investigation concluded he ignored a “sexualized culture” inside the band. Waters disputes those findings.

Hoch and Waters were among 25 people who applied to lead the celebrated marching band. Hoch joined Ohio State in 2012 as assistant and then associate director of marching and athletic bands.

The university said Wednesday his appointment is effective June 1 through May 31, 2020. It still must be approved by the school’s board of trustees.

Other applicants included professors and band leaders from other Big Ten schools, such as Michigan State University, the University of Maryland, Purdue University and Penn State University. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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