Greene County youth part of All-Ohio State Fair Band, Choir


COLUMBUS — The All-Ohio State Fair Band & Youth Choir have announced their membership for the 2018 Ohio State Fair.

All-Ohio State Fair Band and Youth Choir members from Greene County include: Onyx Kraner, Alto II, Greeneview High School; Jocelyn Minton, Alto I, Cedarville High School; Kaleb VanHorn, Bass II, Greeneview High School.

The All-Ohio State Fair Band was founded in 1925 and the All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir was founded in 1963. The Band and Choir, composed of a total of 400 superior musicians (203 in band, 197 in choir) from 69 counties and more than 150 high schools all across Ohio, are a testament to the musical talents of young Ohioans.

The band, directed by Brian W. Dodd, is made up of students ranging from grades 9 – 12. Members of the band learn more than 50 pieces of concert music to prepare for the Fair and their traditional performance of John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever!” which closes each of their performances.

Once the Fair opens, the choir, directed by Dr. Jon C. Peterson, sings six to eight concerts a day, marching up to ten miles a day to various performance sites around the 360-acre Ohio Expo Center. Members of both the Band and Choir are selected based on a number of factors including student ability and recommendation from choral or band directors.

They will also perform a free concert 1 p.m. July 29 in the WCOL Celeste Center in addition to daily performances.