Jonathan Woods, former Ohio State band director, dies at 76

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Jonathan Woods, the longest-serving director of Ohio State University's marching band, has died. He was 76.

University spokesman Chris Davey confirmed that Woods died Saturday.

Woods spent 28 years directing the marching band until his retirement after the 2011-12 academic year. Then and now, fans often refer to the band by the initials TBDBITL, for "The Best Damn Band in the Land."

Woods' innovations included using computers to chart band formations in the 1980s and won awards for the band and Woods himself.

Woods took the band to Washington to march in four presidential inaugural parades.

Woods had also been a professor of music education in the university's School of Music.