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 2015 AOSFB will arrive at the Rhodes Center on July 25 and begin 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 2015 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 will celebrate his 42nd year as a staff member during the 2015
Each year there are various new experiences for the Band - including rehearsing in the Buckeye Building this year as well as the
continuation of numerous AOSFB traditions which include Ballyhoo-ing through the grounds, performances on the Rhodes Lawn
and performances at the Lausche Building and The Coliseum....as well as a concert in Ashland on Thursday, August 6!
The schedule is being finalized....so, until then, check out the schedules from last year by clicking on schedules and dates
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|Donald F. Santa-Emma, Director
|2015 All-Ohio State Fair Band
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