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Alumni band to visit Japan

Alumni band to visit Japan


     COLUMBUS -- The Ohio State University Alumni Band will march
down the gingko-lined streets of Osaka, Japan, Oct. 10.  The band
will be performing in the Midosuji Parade that day and will give
a concert in Osaka on Oct. 11.

     The Midosuji, named after Osaka's 4.4 kilometer boulevard,
is the largest parade in Japan.  Osaka, Japan's third-largest
city, has some 2.7 million residents.

     The parade, the major event of the Osaka 21st Century
Association, attracts participants from across Japan and the rest
of the world, according to Hirofumi Eto, director and general
manager of Nissin Travel Service (U.S.A.) Inc., the association's
travel representative.

     David Meeker, director of the alumni band and professor
emeritus of music at Ohio State, will accompany the group.  He
currently is acting dean of the Conservatory of Music at Capital

     Jon Woods, director of the Ohio State Marching Band,
recommended the Alumni Band to be a parade participant.  The
Marching Band, which had been invited, will be hosting high
school bands at the Buckeye Invitational Festival in Ohio Stadium
on Oct. 9.

     For the 25th year, in connection with their annual reunion,
alumni band members will perform the traditional pre-game ramp
entrance and half-time show with the university marching band at
Ohio State's opening home football game against Rice on Sept. 4.

     The TBDBITL Alumni Club, with 1,800 dues-paying members, is
the single largest constituent group of Ohio State's alumni
association.  Each year, members participate in more than 100
club-related events, with about 700 participating at the football
game and annual reunion.  About 200 members, ranging in age from
22 to 87, regularly rehearse and perform as the Active Band.
Contact:  Donn Younger, chairman, Ohio State Alumni Band, (614)
464-0764, or Robert Grossman, chairman, band parade committee,
(614) 881-5987.

Written by Tom Spring.

[Submitted by: STERRETT  (sterrett@ccgate.ucomm.ohio-state.edu)
Fri, 23 Jul 93 14:09:28 EST]
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