The Greater Huntington Symphonic Band will perform a free outdoor concert at Ohio University Southern on Sunday, May 27 at 5 p.m. on the Shafer Courtyard.
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.
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. The band is currently in need of trombones, clarinet and percussion. Rehearsals are Thursday nights at 7:00 p.m. in the Vinson Middle School band room in Spring Valley.
The performance is part of the Ironton Memorial Day weekend celebration. Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. In case of rain the performance will be held in the Riffe Center Mains Rotunda.