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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 2013 AOSFB will arrived at The Rhodes Center on July 20 and began several intense days of rehearsal. The talented musicians took part in a rigorous pre-fair schedule where they learned close to 60 pieces of concert music of various styles and genres as well as numerous marches. Throughout the 2013 Ohio State Fair the Band members were scheduled to 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 celebrated 40 years as a staff member this summer.
Each year there are various new experiences for the Band as well as the continuation of numerous AOSFB traditions which included Ballyhoo-ing through the grounds, performances on the Rhodes Lawn and return trips to the Lausche Building and The Coliseum. This year the Band performed at the Show Place Stage and had several morning performances in Central Park and played for the Governor's Cup for the second straight year.
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