OU Homecoming Concert to Honor Late Band Director

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The Ohio University School of Music’s Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band will present a special Homecoming concert to commemorate the life and legacy of Ronald P. Socciarelli, Director of Bands from 1973 to 1992.

This performance, which takes place Friday, Oct. 12 at 8 p.m. in Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium, is in conjunction with “Better Than the Best Ever,” a weekend-long celebration of Socciarelli, who passed away in February, 2012.

The Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band will perform works that Socciarelli conducted during his tenure at Ohio University. The School of Music Society of Alumni and Friends will present a posthumous award to the Socciarelli family in recognition of Professor Emeritus Socciarelli’s long service to the School and University through his work with the concert bands and Marching 110.

Works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Warren Benson, Michael Daugherty, Howard Hanson and Alfred Reed will be performed, followed by a special reception hosted by the School of Music Society of Alumni and Friends.

The Wind Symphony, conducted by Dr. Andrew Trachsel, and Symphonic Band, conducted by Dr. Richard Suk, are the two major concert bands in the Ohio University School of Music. Both ensembles perform approximately six to eight concerts on campus each year.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information about this and other School of Music Events, visit