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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 of the 2014 AOSFB will arrive at The Rhodes Center on July 19and began several intense days of rehearsal. The talented musicians will take part in a rigorous pre-fair schedule where they learn close to 60 pieces of concert music of various styles and genres as well as numerous marches. Throughout the 2014 Ohio State Fair the Band members will perform 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, who has been director since 1999, and just celebrated 40 years as a staff member during the 2013 State Fair.
Each year there are various new experiences for the Band as well as the continuation of numerous AOSFB traditions which include Ballyhoo-ing through the grounds, performances on the Rhodes Lawn and a performances at the Lausche Building and The Coliseum. This year the Band will perform at the Show Place Stage and will have several morning performances in Central Park and is scheduled for the Governor's Cup for the third straight year.
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