The All-Ohio State Fair Band was founded in 1925 and was known as the All-Ohio Boys' State Fair Band.  It was then, as is now, comprised of
superior musicians from throughout the State of Ohio.

Applications for the 2017 AOSFB will be available online from February 1-March 31.  The members of the 2017 AOSFB will arrive at the Rhodes
Center on July 24 to begin several intense days of rehearsal. The talented musicians will take part in a rigorous pre-fair schedule where they will
rehearse close to 60 pieces of concert music of various styles and genres as well as numerous marches.  Throughout the 2017 Ohio State Fair
the Band members will perform nearly 90 concerts while continuing a long standing tradition of entertaining Ohio's citizens.

The founder and first director was Jack Wainwright (1925-1931) of Fostoria. He has been followed by four other directors:
Louis E. Pete  (1932-1966), Jack O. Evans (1967-1969), Omar P. Blackman (1970-1998) and Donald F. Santa-Emma (1999-2015), who has
retired after 17 years as director and 42 years on the staff. Brian W. Dodd, a ten-year member of the staff as Assistant Director, Percussion, is
now in his second year as director of the AOSFB.

Each year the Band continues many longstanding traditions - including Ballyhoo-ing through the grounds, performances on the Rhodes Lawn
and performances at the Lausche Building and The well as new experiences like playing in the new Cardinal Hall as we did in
Click Here to view the music repertoire from 2016.

It will be exciting to see all that 2017 brings to the AOSFB!
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Director of Operations

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