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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- Ohio  State University has named a pair of interim directors for the marching band this year.

Director of University Bands, Professor Russel C. Mikkelson, and Associate Director of University Bands Scott Jones have been appointed to provide operational leadership and oversight this season. 

“The new temporary leadership structure will best support our students, ensure the band’s tradition of excellence continues and provide a seamless transition to a permanent band director,” said Mark Shanda, dean of arts and humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences. 

The leadership structure was developed following discussions with university leaders, faculty and current marching band members.

In addition to the role adjustments for Mikkelson and Jones, Lisa Galvin has been hired as associate director for the length of the Marching Band season. Chris Hoch and Mike Smith will be retained as associate and assistant directors, respectively.

Galvin recently retired from Hilliard Bradley High School, where she taught instrumental music and served as the assistant director of bands.  She has a long connection with the Ohio State Marching Band, including assisting with arrangements for some of last year’s half-time shows. She will assume her new role on August 11.

“We are thrilled with the deep musical skills and commitment of the students who are participating in summer practices,” said Richard Blatti, professor and director, School of Music. “Their talents ensure that the Marching Band will continue its unparalleled tradition of on-field excellence.”

A national search for a new Ohio State University Marching Band Director will begin in the very near future.

(Photo courtesy Dave Maetzold)