Five Athens County students have been named to the All-Ohio State Fair Band and Youth Choir for the 2019 Ohio State Fair. Athens County band members participating are: Eryn Dael, Macie French, Keona Hibbard, MaKyla Mills and Allison Rollins.

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 402 superior musicians (226 in the band, 176 in the choir), hailing from 71 counties and more than 150 high schools across Ohio. These members perform approximately 200 times in full during the 12-day event. The All-Ohio State Fair 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!” that closes each of their performances.

Members of both the band and choir are selected based on a number of factors including student ability and recommendation from choir or band directors. The All-Ohio State Fair Band and Youth Choir will perform a free joint concert on July 28 at 1 p.m. in the WCOL Celeste Center in addition to daily performances.

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