Tennessee marching band director fired for “whining”

Tennessee has fired the band director who complained about the marching band’s reduced role at UT football games.

AP reports that Gary Sousa was relieved of his duties Monday by university president Jimmy Cheek.

”You will not earn my support through threats, petulance, public disruption or whining,” Tennessee chancellor Jimmy Cheek said in a letter he wrote to Sousa on Monday. ”You are a professional band director and a tenured faculty member; please act like it.”

Sousa had released a statement last week saying that the UT athletic department had “slashed” his budget and that the band’s playing time at games had been cut by pre-recorded music and commercials.

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