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.
Every Monday, 6:00-7:30 p.m., OUS Campus and Community Building (upstairs). We take January and most of the summer off.
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.
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:
2) Civil War/patriotic
3) Music of the British Isles (Celtic, Gaelic)
4) Christmas music
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.
We will start up again in mid- to late August. Date TBD.