COLUMBUS – The All-Ohio State Fair Band & Youth Choir have announced their membership for the 2018 Ohio State Fair.
The All-Ohio State Fair Band was founded in 1925 and the All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir was founded in 1963. The Band and Choir, composed of a total of 400 superior musicians (203 in band, 197 in choir) from 69 counties and more than 150 high schools all across Ohio, are a testament to the musical talents of young Ohioans.
The All-Ohio State Fair Band, directed by Brian W. Dodd, is made up of students ranging from grades 9 – 12. Members of the band learn more than 50 pieces of concert music to prepare for the Fair and their traditional performance of John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever!” which closes each of their performances.
Once the fair opens, the All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir, directed by Dr. Jon C. Peterson, sings six to eight concerts a day, marching up to ten miles a day to various performance sites around the 360-acre Ohio Expo Center. Members of both the band and choir are selected based on a number of factors including student ability and recommendation from choral or band directors.
The All-Ohio State Fair Band and Youth Choir will also be performing a free concert July 29 at 1 p.m. in the WCOL Celeste Center in addition to daily performances.
The 2018 All-Ohio State Fair Band and Youth Choir include these local high school members:
Emilie Drumm, Flute/Piccolo, Northmor
Sara Drumm, Trumpet/Cornet, Northmor
Sarah Dudley, Clarinet, Northmor
Clint Jones, Clarinet, Centerburg
Joshua Langoehr, Trumpet/Cornet, Northmor
Adriana Losey, Flute/Piccolo, Centerburg
Hailey Long, Flute/Piccolo, Centerburg
Kayla Miller, Trombone, Highland
Brooke Stone, Trombone, Highland
Kelly Baer, Alto II, Mount Gilead
Faith Langdon, Alto I, Danville
Zoey Nichols, Soprano I, Northmor
Mackenzie Smith, Alto I, Centerburg
Sarah Sturdivant, Soprano II, Mount Gilead
Alexis Weikle, Alto I, Danville