Bladensburg's Dodd Named All-Ohio State Fair Band Director
November 12, 2015 - 12:44 PM
(Photo provided by the Ohio State Fair)
COLUMBUS - Ohio State Fair officials have announced that Brian W. Dodd of
Bladensburg in Knox County has been named as director of the All-Ohio
State Fair Band.
As director, Dodd will have a variety of responsibilities throughout
the year as well as during the 2016 Fair. He will recruit, prepare and
manage a talented ensemble of more than 200 high school musicians
selected to represent Ohio’s diverse population in the famed All-Ohio
State Fair Band. Dodd is entering his 10th year as an All-Ohio State
Fair Band staff member and first as director.
Dodd is a graduate of Philo High School in Muskingum County and The
Ohio State University. He holds an Honorary Chapter FFA Degree and has
received the Honor to Educator Awards from West Holmes Schools six
times. Mr. Dodd is a recipient of the Ohio High School Athletic
Association Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity Award and was named
Teacher of the Year two times for the East Knox Schools. Prior to his
time at West Holmes, Mr. Dodd served as a member of the Adjunct Music
Faculty at Mount Vernon Nazarene University and spent 14 years as
Director of Music at East Knox High School.
“I am really honored and excited for this opportunity to continue
serving the All-Ohio State Fair Band as Director,” an enthusiastic Dodd
explained. “I look forward to building on the traditions established by
Mr. Santa-Emma and the other fine directors that came before me. I am
excited to work with the students from fine music programs from across
our wonderful state as they continue to grow – both as musicians and
positive leaders. It is with excitement that I accept this role as I
eagerly look forward to the band’s performances at the 2016 Ohio State
Dodd is in his 31st year as a high school band director and educator,
and is in his 17th year as director of bands at West Holmes High School
in Millersburg where he currently directs 235 students in the school’s
two concert bands, jazz band, pep band, marching band and percussion
ensemble. His bands have performed throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania,
Washington D.C. and Florida, and regularly perform for the Cleveland
Cavaliers. His students participate in numerous honor bands throughout
the state including the All-Ohio State Fair Band and Youth Choir, in
which he has had members for the past 31 years.
Dodd is a member of Ohio Music Education Association and served as
district chairman and host of OMEA District 10 Large Group Adjudicated
Event. He remains active as a performer in the North Central Ohio area
and is a member of American Federation of Musicians Local #159. He and
his wife Lori currently reside in Bladensburg.
In September, former All-Ohio State Fair Band Director Donald F.
Santa-Emma of Cuyahoga County (Rocky River) announced his retirement
after serving on the band’s staff for 42 years and spending the last 17
years as director.
The All-Ohio State Fair Band has been a featured attraction of the
Ohio State Fair since 1925. The band selects approximately 200 superior
high school musicians for membership annually based on a number of
factors including student ability and recommendation from their local
band directors. Participating students gain a unique musical and
educational experience, as well as an opportunity to build many lasting
friendships during a two-week stay at the Ohio State Fair. The All-Ohio
State Fair Band arrives at the Ohio Expo Center just days before the
Fair opens, learning all of their music in a limited time. They remain
housed on-site and perform nearly 100 times during the 12-day Fair.
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