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OUS Community Band
 
A small concert band consisting of 15-20 students and non-students from the greater tri-state area which performs several times a year on and off campus. Participants come from all walks of life and range in age from teenagers to those in their 70s. 
 
REHEARSALS:
Every Monday, 6:00-7:30 p.m., OUS Campus and Community Building (upstairs). We take January and most of the summer off.
 
BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
No audition. High school band experience, basic music reading and musicianship skills, and access to a woodwind or brass instrument is required. We provide percussion instruments. Several of our members joined the band after decades of not playing an instrument and have flourished. 
 
MUSIC PERFORMED:
We perform standard concert band arrangements, ranging from easy to medium difficulty, (Grade 1-3.5; 6 is most difficult), and representing a variety of musical styles and genres. These include: marches, music from musicals and TV shows, pop music (including jazz, ragtime, rock & roll), and arrangements of major orchestra works.
 
We have four themed programs:  
1) Pops  
2) Civil War/patriotic  
3) Music of the British Isles (Celtic, Gaelic)  
4) Christmas music
 
PERFORMANCES:
The band performs several times a year on and off campus. We occasionally play for special events on campus, but we mostly perform off campus in the Ironton-Ashland area, South Point, and Proctorville.
 
Regular performance venues include: most area health care centers, Ironton Briggs Library, OUS Proctorville Center, major holiday parades in Ashland and Ironton (we ride a covered trolley and do not march), Christmas and St. Patrick's Day performances, Navy Night memorial, and the Bobcat Invasion at the Ashland Town Center Mall.
 
NEXT REHEARSAL:
We will start up again in mid- to late August. Date TBD.
 
CONTACT:
Dr. Pat McCoy (mccoy@ohio.edu; 740-533-4541)