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Local Students Included Among Ohio State Fair Band & Choir

Article Presented By Rathkamp Financial

(Columbus)—The All-Ohio State Fair Band and the All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir have announced their membership for the 2022 Ohio State Fair.  

On Friday, July 22, 197 talented young musicians from across the state moved into the Rhodes Center and began preparations for nearly 200 performances throughout the 12 days of the Fair. 

The All-Ohio State Fair Band is directed by Brian W. Dodd and made up of students grades 9-12. Members of the band learn and rehearse more than 50 pieces of concert music to prepare for the Fair, making sure to perfect John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever!” that closes each of their performances. 

The All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir, directed by Dr. Jon C. Peterson, sings between six and eight concerts each day of the Fair. The singers march up to 10 miles a day to various performance sites around the 360-acre Ohio Expo Center. 

This year, Band and Choir members have the opportunity to reach an audience beyond the gates of the Fair. Led by Director of Operations Ed Gallagher, the young musicians will livestream concerts for Friendship Circle, an online summer camp for young adults with disabilities. 

On July 31 at 1 p.m., the All-Ohio State Fair Band & Youth Choir will perform a free joint concert in the WCOL Celeste Center in addition to their daily performances. 

Below are the 2022 All-Ohio State Fair Band & Youth Choir members, listed by county: 


Choir: Lucas Ballinger, Daya Morgan 


Band: Jayden Holzaepfel, Kayleigh Ferraro 


Band: Jacob Cline 


Choir: Kyleigh Ritzman  


Choir: Ava Facemyer  


Choir: Haylee Leach 


Choir: Maggie McMahon 


Choir: Lacey Coleman 

The 2022 Ohio State Fair will run July 27 – Aug. 7. For more information,, call 1-888-OHO-EXPO or 1-614-644-FAIR.