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School for the Blind Band Members Benner and Bump to Perform with Honors Band

Release date: 2/21/2013

COLUMBUS – Two eighth-graders at the Ohio State School for the Blind (OSSB), Crayton Benner and Olivia Bump, have been selected to play in the Ohio State University Middle School Honor Band concert on Saturday.

Benner (baritone horn) and Bump (flute) were nominated by their OSSB band director and selected for the Honors Band. Bump was selected for the Honors band last year as a trumpet player but switched to the flute this school year. Both band members have memorized the five concert band selections that will be performed during the concert.

The day of music includes rehearsals with guest conductor and composer Brian Balmages and lunch at the Huntington Club in “the Shoe” before the concert at 4 p.m. Saturday in Weigel Auditorium, 1866 College Road. This concert is free and open to the public.

Both Benner and Bump are members of the OSSB Marching Band, the only blind marching band in the world. The nationally recognized band, under the leadership of Director Dan Kelley and Music Director Carol Agler, has been recognized for their ability to both entertain and inspire.

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.