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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.

The members for 2017 arrived at the Rhodes Center on July 22 to begin several intense days of rehearsal. The talented musicians took part in a
rigorous pre-fair schedule where they rehearsed 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 performed 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.

As the Fair has wrapped the staff will begin the process of preparing for the 2018 Ohio State this space for more details!
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Applications for the 2018 AOSFB opens here on January 15.  Click here for more info