The All-Ohio State Fair Band and All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir feature the talents of 400 high school instrumentalists and vocalists from more than 150 high schools in nearly all of Ohio’s 88 counties. Members are traditionally chosen through an application and recommendation process occurring between February 1 and March 31.
Each summer, members convene for rehearsals at the Ohio Expo Center & State Fair just days before the opening of the Fair and they go on to perform close to 90 concerts for several hundred thousand fairgoers. The ensembles’ distinguished and experienced staff is comprised of musicians and educators who strive to provide outstanding direction and supervision to each member. During their stay at the Ohio State Fair, members work with peers who share similar interests who develop friendships that last a lifetime. This experience is unique to Ohio as we are the only state fair in the country to present such an opportunity to our youth.
The Band and Choir were thrilled to keep the dream alive in 2020 by hosting a three-week online musical experience with rehearsals, recording and social events. Please take a moment to enjoy videos created during the “Virtually Amazing 2020” and prior years by visiting https://bit.ly/3b6iOZM.
This year, the Band and Choir will continue their traditions of musical excellence by welcoming new members, returning members and alumni from each organization to gather on July 31 for an Alumni Day rehearsal and concert. The event will be held at a yet-to-be-determined site in Central Ohio. Those interested in taking part must register online at www.aosfb.com or www.aosfyc.org by July 15. Up-to-date information will be provided there and on all of the organizations’ social media platforms.
The All-Ohio State Fair Band has been a featured attraction at the Ohio State Fair since 1925. Millions of fairgoers have experienced the thrill of hearing the band conclude each concert with an exciting performance of John Philip Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”
Participation in the All-Ohio State Fair Band is a unique musical and social experience. The traditional 14-day experience offers valuable opportunity to perform more than 65 pieces of varied band literature including pieces that have appeared on the OMEA Large Group music list. Performances take place in numerous State Fair venues and include both traditional concert and marching concerts. Membership is determined by student ability, instrumentation needs of the band and geographical consideration.
For more information about the All-Ohio State Fair Band please view the video below and visit www.aosfb.com.
The All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir was founded in 1963 and was organized to provide Ohio’s high school vocalists an opportunity to share their talents with a state wide audience at The Ohio State Fair. The Youth Choir has been a mainstay at the Fair entertaining and enriching the lives of millions of fairgoers the years.
The 200 members of The All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir are traditionally selected each spring on the basis of their ability and experience, the recommendation of their high school choral director, geographical considerations as well as the consent and support of their parent or guardian. Five days before the opening of the Ohio State Fair, the new choir meets at the Ohio Expo Center and State Fair in Columbus and launches into a rigorous schedule that includes vocal training, vocal health sessions, sectional and full rehearsals, solo auditions, and marching instruction. Once the fair opens, the Youth Choir sings six to eight concerts a day and marches to various performance sites around the 360-acre fairgrounds.
For more information about the All-Ohio State Fair Band please view the video below and visit www.aosfyc.org.