State Fair Band
Looking for Band Supporters
May 13, 2006
Each year the Band Staff and Alumni Association work to bring some "extras"
to the members of the Band. Last year, through the assistance of Alums
Robert Gardner, DDS and Evan Botkin of Jimmy Johns Subs, the Band was
treated to a fabulous treat during the nightly fireworks. The Beck Center for
the Arts publishes the annual address book and Royalton Music Center
How can you help? Here are a few ideas:
Provide funds for a pizza party.
Donate cool handouts - t-shirts, pens, hats, and other trinkets.
Provide funds for an ice cream party.
We are open to any ideas for adding to "Fun at the Fair" for the members
while they are away from home. Check out the supporters page and contact
the staff at email@example.com to discuss ideas and see how you can make a
Getting Ready for the Ohio State Fair
May 12, 2006
The planning for the 2006 Ohio State Fair is in full swing. The finishing
touches for the Official Program Guide is taking place and the final schedule
for the Band will be released soon. That information will be posted on the
aosfb.org site and at ohiostatefair.com.
Visit the official site of the Ohio State Fair for complete concert information.
The stars return - Rascal Flatts, The Oak Ridge Boys and the AOSFB &
AOSFYC. New to the Fair are Disney Favorites - Aly & AJ and flashback
rockers - REO Speedwagon. At the state fair you can always expect
entertainment that fits all tastes. This year will be no different.
What's new with The All-Ohio State Fair Band? New navy blue mesh shorts
will replace the royal blue shorts that have been part of the uniform for several
years. The staff is working on the design for a new AOSFB hoodie sweatshirt
and some other new twists for fun during the fair. Of course, there is always
the desire to add new and challenging music to the repetoire and the music
staff continues to look through various music scores.
Visit often as the site will be updated frequently as we near the Ohio State
In Memory of Daniel Caldwell
Daniel Caldwell (Trumpet '78-'80), passed away on February 26 in West
Bloomfield, Michigan. After high school he attended, and graduated from,
The Ohio State University where he was a five-year member of the marching
band. A memorial service was held in West Bloomfield and a summer service
is scheduled for Saturday, June 24, 2006 at 2:00 pm the Lakeside United
Methodist Church in Lakeside, Ohio. Further details concerning that service
will be posted here. Daniel is the son of Donald and Nancy Caldwell, and is
the great nephew of the founding director of the All-Ohio State Fair Band,
Jack Wainwright Cards may be sent to Mr. & Mrs. Donald Caldwell, 506
East 3rd Street, Lakeside, Ohio 43440.
Jim "Tank" Esswein named to Ohio State Fair Hall of Fame
It is with much pride that the All-Ohio State Fair Band announces that Jim
Esswein will be inducted into the Ohio State Fair Hall of Fame this August.
"Tank" as he is known by thousands of AOSFB Alumni has truly given his all
for the Band, Symphony and The State Fair since his initial involvement in
He began working at a food concession in 1964 and later joined the staff
during his years at The Ohio State University. He has served as equipment
manager and counselor for the All-Ohio Youth Symphony, the Boys' Band
and State Fir Band. Tank has been Assistant Camp Manager for numerous
years and Librarian for the last 9 years. It is through countless hours of
dedication throughout the years, his years repairing every possible instrument
ailment, his care and concern for the kids and of course his endless search for
"fuzzies" that have earned him the State Fair's highest award.
Jim Esswein joins AOSFB Director, Donald F. Santa-Emma in the Ohio State
Fair Hall of Fame as well as former Directors Omar P. Blackman, Jack O.
Evans & Louis Pete, former Camp Manager Joyce L. Wendel, Assistant
Directors David L. Meeker, George H. Wison and Band Historian Weldon
Countdown to the Ohio State Fair
July 3, 2006
The countdown is on to the opening of the 2006 Ohio State Fair. As of today
it is a mere 30 days until Fairgoers traverse the grounds and are greated by the
National March The Stars and Stripes Forever.
Do yourself a favor and check out a summertime band concert in your
community to get ready for another year of fabulous band music at The Ohio
Happy 4th of July from The AOSFB Alumni Association.
The 2006 All-Ohio State Fair Band Arrives
July 29, 2006
The curtain has been raised on the 2006 All-Ohio State Fair Band as the first
members of the 2006 AOSFB arrived shortly before 9am in the Rhodes
Center. After checkin-in and having photos taken for IDs it was off to the
dorms to settle in for the State Fair experience. . . with 30-50 roommates.
AOSFB Director, Donald Santa-Emma took the podium promptly at 1pm,
seated the members and led the Band in Beautiful Ohio and America, The
Beautiful. Families and Band members were welcomed by Mr. Santa-Emma
who expressed thanks for sharing their children with the Band and the State
Fair. He stated that the outstanding staff is dedicated to the Band and does
everything possible to make it wonderful safe and fun learning experience.
The day progressed with seating auditions, distribution of chairs, music library
notes from Jim "Tank" Esswein, the annual welcome and discussion rules and
guidelines from Camp Manager Ed Gallager, and the wrap-up meeting of the
female staff with the girls and the malke staff members meeting with the boys.
Of course all of this was intertwined with 4 hours of rehearsal time!
The first day came to a close with the sounds of Taps being played at 11pm.
We are off on the experience of a lifetime for the Band members and staff with
all eyes set on the opening of the 153rd Ohio State Fair on Wednesday.
Sunday Morning Notes
July 30, 2006
The second day of AOSFB rehearsal arrived with the sounds of Tank & Ed
at 7am followed by a continental breakfast or French toast sticks and sausage
in the cafeteria.
A Catholic was was presented at 8:30 with Fr. Bakel of Columbus and a
Interdenominational services was held at 9:00 with Rev. Jim Qualls, a
Columbus minister and former Ohio State Fair employee.
A special note families and friends:
Band members have been requested to turn off phones during rehearsal,
concerts, inspection and after 11pm. They have also been requested to use
their phones outside of the dorms as to not disturb fellow Band members while
resting during free times.
The AOSFB Camp Store will; be open today for the final opportunity to
order Royal Blue hoodies for 2006.
Check out the OUR OHIO TV show on your PBS station this week Click
here to be linked to the Our Ohio web site and find the station and time in
your viewing area..
This week's show highlights the Ohio State Fair in all of its glory!
July 30, 2006
Sunday was the first glimpse into marching for 2006 as the squad leaders met
out front before evening rehearsal. It was a productive night as the band
played through several new pieces including a medly of staff favorite from the
hit musical Wicked.
It was a great day with a great band continuing its tradition of musical
First Marching Rehearsal
Monday, July 31, 2006
Last night the band members received a visit from the tooth fairy...Band Alum
Rob Gardner, DDS, donated toothbrushes and toothpaste to all the band
members to ensure proper dental hygiene during the fair!
The students practiced their first day of marching in unit bands outside around
the fairgrounds. Newcomers learned the famous "Fred" step, and practiced to
the traditional AOSFB cadences.
The day came to an end with sectional rehearsals and the full band rehearsal
on the Rhodes Center lawn concert area.
Family Photo Day
Tuesday, August 1, 2006
This morning marked the official band photo for the 2006 All-Ohio State Fair
Band. The Band marched to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources
(ODNR) to have long time friend of the Band, Barry Conrad, take the annual
photograph. These group pictures are currently still available to order in the
AOSFB General Store.
Unit bands, Red Band and Black Band, rehearsed in different areas of the
fairgrounds, including the Main Street Stage, Janis Center, ODNR, etc. The
weather in Columbus is hot, hot, hot, so band members are encouraged to
drink plenty of water, carry their water bottles with them, and cool off in their
Wednesday, August 2, 2006
Welcome to the 2006 Ohio State Fair! The AOSFB had its first performance
today leading Governor Taft around the fairgrounds to celebrate different
areas of the fair prior to the Opening Ceremonies at 11:00am in Central Park.
The All-Ohio State Fair Band and All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir
represented the talented youth of Ohio by entertaining fairgoers and were the
highlight of the morning ceremonies.
The Band then headed over to the Ferris Wheel to play for the world's largest
wedding, fair-style. Twenty couples renewed their vows while riding on the
Ferris Wheel, and competed for a chance to win a second honeymoon.
The Band also marched in the first Daily Parade this afternoon. Several
members represented the Band on the All-Ohio State Fair Band float in the
parade, and different students will have the opportunity each day to ride the
float and wave their flags to fairgoers.
Hall of Fame Day
Thursday, August 3, 2006
Today, select members of the AOSFB came together as the Gold Band unit
to perform at the Ohio State Fair Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
Congratulations to the Band's own Jim "TANK" Esswein. Mr. Esswein
was honored with being one of the inductees for 2006, and joins previous
All-Ohio State Fair Band Hall of Fame members: Donald F. Santa-Emma,
current Director; Louis E. Pete, Director; Jack O. Evans, Director; Omar P.
Blackman, Director; Dr. Joyce L. Wendel, Camp Manager; Welden
Carpenter, Band Historian; George H. Wilson, Assistant Director; and Dr.
David L. Meeker, Assistant Director.
You Could be in Pictures...
Friday, August 4, 2006
Long time friend and Band photographer, Barry Conrad, met students this
morning to take their individual photos near the traditional spruce tree as
representatives of this year's AOSFB.
Just a reminder to family that if the students would like a large group photo
that was taken earlier in camp, there is still time to order one. Students may
order the group photo at the AOSFB General Store through Tuesday, 8/8.
Extra photos will be available for purchase after all orders are filled and while
supplies last (please note: quantities will be limited)..
Alumni Day, Alumni Day!
Sunday, August 6, 2006
Today was the annual AOSFB Alumni Day where all alumni from the
All-Ohio organizations (including the All-Ohio Boys' Band, the All-Ohio State
Fair Youth Symphony, the All-Ohio Girls' Band, and the All-Ohio State Fair
Band) join in reminiscing their years in the Band and playing traditional
AOSFB literature including the Stars and Stripes Forever. After a morning
rehearsal, the Alumni Band was ready to bally-hoo around the fairgrounds
under the direction of Alumni Band Director, James "Tank" Esswein.
Alumni then enjoyed another fantastic headlining performance of the combined
2006 All-Ohio State Fair Band and All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir in the
Celeste Center. The groups performed individual selections as well as
combined pieces for an audience of thousands. The Band's musical selections
were also recorded for the annual CD.
Both the Alumni Band and the 2006 AOSFB marched as their own units in
the daily parade in the afternoon, and past alumni were seen waving from the
AOSFB float. After a quick dinner, the 2006 Band rode buses to the
Whetstone Park of Roses in Columbus for the Civitan Club's Summer
Concert Series. Special thanks to the Civitan Club for providing the Band
water after the concert, and to the Pozderac family (including Sarah
2001-2005 and Jon 2005-2006) for providing healthy snacks of apples and
oranges for all band members.
Singing in the Rain...
Monday, August 7, 2006
Yes, the band members were doing their annual rain dances as gray skies
covered the fairgrounds. All members were looking for a break from the heat,
and the rain finally came after the afternoon performances, leading up to a
cancelled parade due to weather.
The free time gave the students the opportunity to enjoy the skyride ticket and
official 2006 State Fair collector pins given to each student earlier
compliments of the Ohio Expo Center and Ohio State Fair.
However, the evening concert did go on after the scattered rain disappeared,
and the fairgoers enjoyed the music on the East lawn of the Rhodes Center.
One more note, the Red Band had a real treat this afternoon as candidate for
governor, Kenneth Blackwell, conducted the group on Stars and Stripes
forever in the Ag & Hort Bldg.
AOSFB Featured in Fabulous Articles
The All-Ohio State Fair Band was featured in two wonderful newspaper
articles during the 2006 Ohio State Fair.
The first article appeared in the Toledo Blade on Sunday, August 6. Journalist
Jane Schmucker spent ample time with several Band members and Mr.
Santa-Emma as she took an in depth look all aspects of the All-Ohio State
Follow this link to The Toldeo Blade.com web site.
The second article was written by Jill Gosche and appeared in The
Advertiser-Tribune, a Tiffin publication, on Wednesday, August 9. Ms.
Gosche spent time on opening day following the Band and Choir - taking
photos, interviewing members of both organizations and capturing the essence
of the All-Ohio experience.
Follow this link to The Advertiser-Tribune.com web site.
Many thanks to both publications for their time and energy in highlighting the
talented members of The All-Ohio State Fair Band.
AOSFB Performs for the Inauguration of Ohio's 68th Governor
The All-Ohio State Fair Band, along with the Cardinal Choral of the All-Ohio
State Fair Youth Choir, had the high honor of performing for the Inauguration
of Gov. Ted Strickland and Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher. The public event was held
on the steps of the Ohio Statehouse on January 13th. The chilly and rainy
weather did not chase away the large crowd - or dampen the enthusiasm of
the Band members.
Beginning at 8:45 am on the 13th, just over 100 members of the Band
gathered in the DiSalle Center - home of Arts & Crafts exhibits during the
Fair. After check-in each performer receievd their music from last summer and
a raincoat for protection from the elements. Reheasal began at 9:15 and
lasted until 10:10 when the Band boarded the buses for The Statehouse.
At the Statehouse, the Band and Choir entertained the attendess with 30
minutes of music leading up to the Inaugural Ceremonies. Band members
provided fanfares throughout the ceremony to highlight key moments. The
final portion of the program came to a close with sounds tat are quite familiar .
. . The Choir performing The Battle Hymn of the Republic and The Band
performing The Stars and Stripes Forever.
For a more in-depth story and pictures please click here.
Many thanks to the Strickland/Fisher Inauguration Committee for extending
the invitation, Deborah Hochbein of Special Events of The Ohio Expo Center
& State Fair for working through many details, the maintenance staff for
preparing the rehearsal space, the Band staff for volunteering time to make it
all work, the Choir members and staff for continuing to be great partners and
of course to the Band members and their families for making the trip,
performing well, and representing the All-Ohio State Fair Band in a most