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OSU alumni band to play 'fan favorites' Wednesday

Cary Ashby • Jul 23, 2019 at 9:00 AM

Expect to see and hear several local instrumentalists when the OSU Alumni Band of Erie County performs Wednesday as part of Norwalk’s free summer concert series at the reservoir.

Among the nearly 15-piece band will be: Eric and Robyn Rogers (trumpet players), Robyn Rogers’ older sister, Wendy Bauer Reeves (tuba), Norwalk High School band director Will Kish (mellophone) and Dale Hildreth, a drummer with the Give ‘Em Heaven praise band at First United Methodist Church in Norwalk. The concert starts at 6 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Lake Park.

“I think it’s wonderful having our group nearby,” said Rogers, who played trumpet in the Ohio State University marching band from 2001 through 2005. “They draw from Cleveland to Bowling Green.”

This will be the first time the OSU Alumni Band of Erie County will perform at the Norwalk reservoir. The group regularly has concerts at the Huron Boat Basin and Sandusky gazebo in August.

“They always play at the 4th of July at the Sandusky gazebo,” Rogers said. “I think it’s a great addition to the (Norwalk) concert series.” 

The band will perform a variety of songs, including OSU band standards, selections from musicals, military tunes and a couple songs arranged by alumni. Also scheduled for Wednesday’s concert will be “Fly Me to the Moon,” in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

“We’ve had a couple (arranged) by Dale,” said Rogers, who graduated from NHS in 2001. 

“We will play ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame’ in honor of the All-Star game,” she added. “We always do some marches.” 

Rogers said the reservoir crowd should expect to hear some “fan favorites,” which she believes should be recognizable.

Residents are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blanket and enjoy some free summertime fun. Wescott's Arctic Shaved Ice again will bring its mobile cart to offer frozen treats to concertgoers.

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