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Music Publishing Companies Bothered By Ohio State Band Scandal

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSPD) -- The head of a company that issues music licenses for bands to legally play music says some publishers are bothered by the scandal at Ohio State.

"Music publishers are reticent, in some instances, to have their music associated with the band," said Mark Greenburg, president of Tresóna Multimedia.

Some of them contacted him about canceling their licenses when they heard about the controversy. Some are upset about the "sexualized culture" in the band while others don't agree with the way the situation was handled with Director Jon Waters. After reading the report from Ohio State, Greenburg said he was disappointed.

"If you showed me that report and took away the names of the university or the people involved, I would have never believed it would have been issued by a school with such a fine reputation as The Ohio State University," he said.

Greenburg fears that the OSU Marching Band, which he called "The Beatles of the marching band world," may have lost their buzz. 

"They could end up playing older material, doing older shows, sort of pulling things out of rotation and they could lose that cutting edge for which they're known for," he said.

Last year's band featured shows that drew millions of viewers on YouTube and global attention from media outlets that put the band in front of millions more.

"To assume that that will happen I think is not correct," he said.

Greenburg believes the students in the band will be able to quickly adapt to any changes.

 

 

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