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Blind Marching Band to Perform Locally

Release date: 9/13/2012

Kelley and Agler hope that their instructional methods will be adopted by other band directors and will open doors for visually impaired students across the world.

“Blindness does not mean you can't – it just means you do things differently,” Agler said of the band members.
The band was awarded the prestigious National Citation by Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia National Fraternity for changing music in America and demonstrating excellence. The band marched in the 2010 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California, — the first band comprised of people with disabilities to do so.
The band’s upcoming appearances include:

  • Friday, Sept. 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Upper Arlington High School football game (vs. Thomas Worthington), 1650 Ridgeview Rd., Columbus1650 Ridgeview Rd, Columbus, OH 43221-2962.
  • Saturday, Sept. 15, at 10:30 a.m. at the Preble County Pork Festival Parade, Eaton.
  • Friday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m. at the Bexley High School football game, Bexley.
  • Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Buckeye Invitational at Ohio State University, Columbus.
  • Thursday, Oct. 18, at 8 p.m. at the Circleville Pumpkin Show Parade, Circleville.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 5:30 p.m. at the OCALI Conference, Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus.
  • Thursday, Dec. 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Ohio State School for the Blind Holiday Concert, Columbus.

The band already has participated in several events including the Millersport Sweet Corn Festival Parade, a Northland High School football game and Otterbein/Cardinal Band Invitational, where they were the feature band. The group also has played for the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.