Ohio University Southern Community Band to perform at OU-Proctorville Center

Published 10:05 am Tuesday, March 1, 2016

PROCTORVILLE — The Ohio University Southern Community Band will perform at the Ohio University Proctorville Center in the Commons Area at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 7. The performance features popular songs and dance music from the British Isles in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Admission is free and open to the public.

The community band was founded in 1998 by its current director, Dr. Pat McCoy, who is a senior lecturer in fine arts at Ohio University Southern. They perform several times a year on campus and throughout the Ironton-Ashland area. Regular performances include the reception following the annual Scholarship Recognition Ceremony at the Southern campus, Navy Night and the Ironton Memorial Day parade during Memorial Day weekend, and for several area health care facilities. The band also performs annually in the Ashland and Ironton Christmas parades, for the annual Bobcat Invasion at the Ashland Town Center Mall, and presents an annual Christmas concert in conjunction with other local performers.

The band consists of approximately 20 community members from the Ashland, Ironton and Huntington areas performing on wind, brass and percussion instruments. Some are working professionals and others are retired ranging in age from the early 20s through the early 70s.

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The community band rehearses on Mondays from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Ohio University Southern Community Building located on the corner of Ninth Street and Bob Lutz Way in Ironton.

The band is always looking for new members, so anyone with basic music reading and musicianship skills who is interested and has access to a band instrument, except percussion, should contact Dr. McCoy for additional information at 740-533-4541.