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Ohio State School for the Blind Band to Perform in Shaker Heights

Release date: 3/10/2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State School for the Blind Marching Band will join the Hathaway Brown Upper School Orchestra and the University School Orchestra in concert on Wednesday, March 12. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. in the Conway Auditorium at University School, 20701 Brantley Road Shaker Heights, Ohio. The concert is free and open to the public. The concert also will be live-streamed at https://www.us.edu/streaming.

Each group will perform individually. The Ohio State School for the Blind Marching Band and the Hathaway Brown Orchestra will combine to perform “Selections from Phantom of the Opera.” 

“March is ‘Music in Our Schools Month’ and the theme this year is ‘Music Makes Me ________,’” said Linda Simon-Mietus, director of the Hathaway Brown Orchestra. “In this case, music really makes me thankful. I'm especially thankful for getting to collaborate and make great music with the Ohio State School for the Blind Marching Band.   

In at least their seventh year performing together, Simon-Mietus praises the opportunity claiming that working with the Ohio State School for the Blind Marching Band has taught her and the Hathaway Brown musicians to listen and feel the music, and not just look at the notes and play them.

“We are fortunate that our schools truly see the amazing benefits from music education in the schools,” added Simon-Mietus. “They see how making music adds to each student's life, and to the lives of the community. Students involved in music learn that hard work gets great results and that the synergy of working together brings ends that are far greater than its means.”   

The Ohio State School for the Blind Marching Band is the only blind marching band in the world. Its members come from all over Ohio. The nationally recognized band, under the leadership of Director and Founder Carol Agler, has been recognized for its ability to both entertain and inspire. 

On Sept. 21, 2013, at The Ohio State University vs. Florida A&M football game, they joined The Ohio State University Marching Band in a “Double Ohio” drill during halftime. The Ohio State University Marching Band performed Script Ohio while the School for the Blind Marching Band performed their signature drill Script Braille Ohio uncoiling to spell “Ohio” in Braille. The Ohio State School for the Blind Marching Band was awarded the prestigious “Creative Use of Braille” award by the American Printing House for the Blind in October for using Braille in their signature drill. 

The band marched in the Jan. 1, 2010, Tournament of Roses Parade, and was awarded the prestigious National Citation by Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity for their achievements and for opening the eyes of the community by creating new standards of excellence for persons with disabilities.


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