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
The members of the 2015 AOSFB will arrive at The Rhodes Center on July 25 and began
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 State Fair.
Each year there are various new experiences for the Band as well as the continuation of
numerous AOSFB traditions which include Ballyhoo-ing through the grounds, performances on
the Rhodes Lawn and a 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 above.
|All-Ohio State Fair Band Favorite Links
|Donald F. Santa-Emma
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|Acceptance letters have been mailed.....under 90 days 'til AOSFB!
Check out our appearance on the recently aired episode of
"Small Town Big Deal"
|Are you a vocalist looking for an Ohio State Fair musical experience?
Visit aosfyc.org to learn about the All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir