Ohio Wesleyan Band Festival to Showcase Top High School Musicians

Free Jan. 21 Concert to Include Original Composition Created by Student-Musicians

More than 80 talented high school musicians will perform a free concert Jan. 21 as part of the Ohio Wesleyan University President’s High School Band Festival. The festival has been an OWU tradition for nearly 50 years. (Photo by Dr. Larry Griffin)

DELAWARE, OHIO – The community is invited to hear more than 80 talented high school musicians perform during a free concert at 7 p.m. Jan. 21 on the Ohio Wesleyan University campus.

Before their evening performance, the students will participate in the daylong OWU President’s High School Band Festival, which provides learning and scholarship opportunities for high school musicians from Ohio and surrounding states. All students had to audition and be selected by a panel of OWU faculty to participate in the one-day music workshop and concert.

Ohio Wesleyan’s 48th annual High School Band Festival will include an honors band, festival band, and composition seminar. Composition students will use computer notation software to create an original work to debut during the community concert.

Ohio Wesleyan’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Park Avenue Jazz Ensemble also will perform at the concert, which will be held in Gray Chapel inside University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St. The performance also will be streamed live on the Internet at http://stream.owu.edu.

The high school student band will be led by Ohio Wesleyan music professor Larry Griffin, D.M.A. Assistant music professor Clint Needham, D.M., will work with the composition students.

Visit the Ohio Wesleyan Department of Music website to learn more about the department, faculty, public performance schedule, and the upcoming High School Band Festival.


Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier small, private universities, with more than 90 undergraduate majors, sequences, and courses of study, and 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Located in Delaware, Ohio, just minutes north of Ohio’s capital and largest city, Columbus, the university combines a globally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities that translate classroom theory into real-world practice. OWU’s close-knit community of 1,850 students represents 47 states and 57 countries. Ohio Wesleyan was named to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction, is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” and is included on the “best colleges” lists of U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Learn more at www.owu.edu.

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