Interesting - I never got anything but positives from being in the OSU band. That is really unfortunate. The games would just not be the same without the band - you made a difference!!!!!
Different time and place: my wife saw me in the band at a half time, found out who I was, and asked me out. The only girls I had dated up to that time had been in the band. I would never thought about asking her out.
Like you screen name. I was an OSU tuba/sousaphone player in the band from 1973-77. Drum major 76-77. Paul Montemurro (spelling?) was our director. I also played/directed the pep band at GIA. Some of my best memories are from band.