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Greater Huntington Symphonic Band to perform at Ohio University Southern

May. 23, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

IRONTON -- The Greater Huntington Symphonic Band will perform its annual Memorial Day concert featuring patriotic music at 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 26, in the Riffe Center Mains Rotunda at Ohio University Southern.

Admission is free and open to the public.

The symphonic band has existed for decades under several different names and conductors, but came together in its present form in 1964 with Homer Oschenhirt serving as director, according to a news release from OUS. At that time, the band was housed in the old Stella Fuller Building in Huntington and gave concerts at the Stella Fuller Playground.

The ensemble, directed by Tom Thompson since 1990, draws its membership from the greater Tri-State area, including Huntington, Charleston, Ashland, Ironton, and Russell-Flatwoods. It is a non-profit organization funded solely by donations to purchase music.

Membership is open to anyone who has basic music reading and musicianship skills and loves to play band music. Current members range in age from 14 to 84 and represent all walks of life including students, retirees, and working professionals, according to the news release. The band is currently in need of trombones, clarinets, and percussion.

Rehearsals are 7 p.m. Thursdays in the Vinson Middle School band room in Spring Valley.

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