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Jon Woods ’60

Jon Woods '60

Dr. Jon Woods is honored as a 2011 Distinguished Alumnus for outstanding achievement in music. He currently serves as a professor of Music Education at Ohio State University, where he is the director of the university’s marching and athletic bands.

In 1960, Dr. Woods earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from IUP. He later received a Master of Arts degree from Pennsylvania State University and a doctorate from the University of Michigan, both in Music Education.

Prior to teaching college, Dr. Woods taught for fourteen years at the high school level. He taught and was the band director at Northern Cambria High School (Pa.), Cambria Heights High School (Pa.), and Newark (Del.) High School. During that time, his concert bands, marching bands, and jazz ensembles received numerous awards for their performing excellence.

In 1974, Dr. Woods joined The Ohio State University as associate director of The Ohio State University Marching Band, a position he held for ten years. He was also a faculty member in the School of Music. In 1984, he was named director. As a faculty member in the School of Music, his teaching responsibilities include graduate music courses, graduate advising for masters and doctoral students, secondary instrumental methods, marching band techniques, supervision of student teachers, and marching and athletic bands.

During his tenure at OSU, Dr. Woods has developed one of the country’s strongest marching and athletic band programs. His leadership of the OSU Marching and Athletic Bands has brought both media and national attention to the university. Dr. Woods has directed bands in thirty-five bowl games, three U.S. presidential inaugural parades, and NCAA tournaments for men’s and women’s basketball.

From 1995 to present, he served as chairman for the Big Ten Marching Band Directors Committee. He is also a member of the Sudler and Sudler Shield Committees.

Dr. Woods is one of the first band directors in the country to use computer technology to chart drill formations. He is a nationally recognized clinician on marching band techniques and show designs and is a sought-after speaker at conferences. He has conducted many PMEA district and regional concert bands. He has also conducted state concert bands in Pennsylvania and Delaware. In 2004, he was awarded the first-ever endowed chair in the OSU College of Arts—one of two endowed marching band chairs in the country. He is also the recipient of the 2011 CBDNA Life Time Achievement Award, the National Kappa Kappa Psi Distinguished Service Award, a recent inductee into the Phi Beta Mu Hall of Fame, and an honorary inductee into Sphinx.

Dr. Woods has written four books on music and has produced thirteen recordings (CD and DVD) with The Ohio State University Marching Band.

Dr. Woods and his wife, Donna, have three children and live in Columbus, Ohio. His aunt and uncle, Robert and Beth Ann Klar, live in Indiana, Pa.

Profile published on 6/10/11

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