WELLINGTON — More than 200 people supported Ohio State University Band scholarships by attending a performance Sunday afternoon in Wellington.
The Ohio State University Marching Band Alumni’s selection for the performance at Patricia Lindley Center Performing Arts fit perfectly with Wellington’s bicentennial celebration this year, said Dottie Cianciola, the center’s director.
“This is our bicentennial year, so we wanted to offer something to the community that’s a little extra special,” she said.
The band’s members span graduating classes beginning in the the 1940s, and the songs it played also spanned the years. Selections included John Phillip Sousa’s “Saber and Spurs March” from 1918 to Blood, Sweat and Tears’ “Lucretia Macevil” from 1970.
The alumni group plays throughout the summer into September to raise $10 million in endowed scholarship funds, with a goal of providing financial support to every marching band member in need.
Morgan Davis, an Elyria High School alumna and assistant drum major for the alumni band, said it’s exciting to perform in Lorain County.
“I’ve had a lot of support from people in the area and people from Columbus who have come and helped teach,” said Davis, who is in her third year at OSU. “So then going to Columbus and actually receiving a spot this year, I have received a lot of support from people back home in Elyria.”
Brother’s Chevrolet and Edward Jones Investments helped sponsor the performance. Lad Harrison, of Brother’s Chevrolet, said he and an OSU colleague who is in the alumni band got the idea after talking. After Harrison told his friend about the new performing arts center in Wellington, his friend offered to talk with the band to make an appearance there. The planning took most of 2018.
On Sunday, the band also welcomed back John Watkins, former band director for Wellington Schools for 23 years.