Five local students have been named to the All-Ohio State Fair Band and All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir for the 2016 Ohio State Fair.
Delaware County members of the 2016 All-Ohio State Fair Band and Youth Choir members include:
• Band: Spencer Milligan, tuba, Buckeye Valley High School.
• Choir: Destinee Burwell, alto 1, Hayes High School; Delaney Olson, alto 2, Hayes High; Jillian Goulet, soprano 2, Hayes High; and Connor Cavanaugh, tenor 1, St. Francis DeSales 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 are composed of a total of 390 superior musicians — 213 in band, 177 in choir — from 67 counties and 156 high schools across Ohio.
The All-Ohio State Fair Band, with students ranging from grades 9-12, learns 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 All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir sings six to eight concerts a day, marching up to 10n 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.
The band and choir will also be performing a free concert on July 31 at 1 p.m. in the Celeste Center, in addition to daily performances.
Information for this story was provided by the Ohio State Fair.