The All-Ohio State Fair Band has been a featured attraction of the Ohio State Fair since 1925. Their enthusiastic tunes have thrilled millions of fairgoers each year, including the performance of John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever!” at the conclusion of each performance.
The Band was known as the All-Ohio Boys’ Band until 1975 when young women were invited to participate. Today, the Band is composed of 200 superior musicians from schools all over Ohio. High school students apply for membership in the All-Ohio State Fair Band through their local school band director. Membership is determined by student ability, instrumentation needs of the band and geographical consideration.
The All-Ohio Youth Choir was founded in 1963. Now known as the All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir, the group was organized to provide Ohio’s high school vocalists an opportunity to share a musical experience similar to the All-Ohio State Fair Band.
The 200 members of the Choir are selected each spring on the basis of their ability and experience, the recommendation of their high school choral director, geographical considerations and the consent and promised support of their parent or guardian.