The sentencing comes almost a year after the pinnacle of Bass’ career at Mason when he led the nationally acclaimed marching band in the New Year’s Day Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif. The Rose Parade performance was historic — Mason is one of only two Southwest Ohio high school bands to earn an invite — and a source of pride for the community.
Bass has declined to comment.
Bass was hired by Mason Schools in 1998 and transformed its 76-member marching band into a national musical powerhouse.
In 2014 the 313-member band and color guard earned a prestigious invite to perform in the 2016 Rose Parade. Only 20 American high school bands are invited each year, and the Mason band performed before a global TV audience of 79 million.