Barry Houser staying with Marching Illini

Barry Houser staying with Marching Illini

The director of the University of Illinois Marching Illini has decided to withdraw his name from consideration for the same position at Ohio State.

Barry Houser told the WDWS newsroom Monday night that he withdrew earlier Monday after speaking with officials with the UI school of music.  He said the UI administration made an effort to be more supportive of him and the band program. 

Houser said interviewing with Ohio State was a wonderful experience, noting the band program’s “phenomenal” resources and faculty.  But he said he’s extremely happy to stay at the UI, citing his fondness for his students, and he said he looks forward to the future here.

The director of the UI school of music, Jeff Magee, released a statement Monday night, calling Houser a "pillar" of the Illinois bands program and saying that the school of music "couldn't be happier" that he chose to stay.

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Say What wrote on April 13, 2015 at 8:04 pm

SO !!!

BuckEwe wrote on April 14, 2015 at 8:04 am

Smart boy.  The administrative situation at THEosu is total FUBAR....  starting with the Board of Trustees, moving through the President's office, School of Music, and the Athletic Dept.

OskeeWowWow1867 wrote on April 14, 2015 at 12:04 pm

I highly doubt the OSU admin is more screwed up than Illinois. At least they see a benefit in having a successful athletic department and strive for their teams to win. Illinois administration could care less if their teams won anything. Football and basketball are a dumpster fire right now. I honestly believe there are some at high levels of the administration that wouldn't mind Illinois going the way of the University of Chicago and disbanding from the Big 10. Research, research, research. That is what they want!

OskeeWowWow1867 wrote on April 14, 2015 at 12:04 pm

I highly doubt the OSU admin is more screwed up than Illinois. At least they see a benefit in having a successful athletic department and strive for their teams to win. Illinois administration could care less if their teams won anything. Football and basketball are a dumpster fire right now. I honestly believe there are some at high levels of the administration that wouldn't mind Illinois going the way of the University of Chicago and disbanding from the Big 10. Research, research, research. That is what they want!

Rocky7 wrote on April 14, 2015 at 3:04 pm

Looks to me that Mr Hauser used the POTENTIAL offer as a negotiating opportunity with UIUC. If so, good for him.

Illiniwek66 wrote on April 16, 2015 at 10:04 am

The above comment about getting rid of the Marching Illini to save money is a FANTASTIC idea.  What a colossal waste of cash!  Along with that, they should dump the rest of the fine arts programs.  Who needs them?  And really, a bunch of engineering and accounting students don't need flowers or trees.  Cut them down.  How about the huge amount of money spent on the Alma Mater to repair it?  Get rid of the statues too!  Krannert?  Just a hang out for a bunch of fine arts loving hippies.  Make it into classrooms or dorms.  Surely if we do all of that, U of I will provide a much better benefit and draw more educated, financially minded people to Illinois.  Now THIS is some forward thinking!

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