The competition will be held at the Dublin Jerome High School Performing Arts Center (8300 Hyland-Croy Road, Dublin, OH 43016). Performances begin at 10:00 a.m., doors open at 9:15 a.m. Tickets: $15. Featured bands include:
Bands will compete for several prizes, including Best March, Best Slow Melody, Best Major Work, and the grand champion prize: the Paul E. Droste Shield, named for the former Director of the Ohio State University Marching Band and former President of the North American Brass Band Association. James Gourlay and Rachel Hockenberry – a nationally recognized horn player and educator – will adjudicate the band competition.
In addition to band prizes, individual prizes will be awarded to the best players including best soprano cornet, best cornet, best flugelhorn, best tenor horn, best baritone horn, best trombone (or trombone section), best euphonium, best bass section and best percussion section. Local trombone legend and bandleader Vaughn Wiester will be the adjudicator for the caption prizes.
Following the last band, a tuba/euphonium ensemble led by James Gourlay will perform while the awards are finalized; the awards ceremony will follow immediately thereafter. Mr. Gourlay will also lead a tuba/euphonium ensemble in connection with the festival; ensemble participants will rehearse Friday, March 22, from 6-6:45 pm, immediately followed at 7:00 pm by a lecture/recital that is free and open to the public. This event will be held at Buckeye Brass and Winds in Plain City (202 North Chillicothe Street, Plain City, OH 43064).