Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Nationally Acclaimed Ohio State School for the Blind Marching Band
Nationally Acclaimed Ohio State School for the Blind Marching Band to be featured in program at American Printing House for the Blind The Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind (APH), located at 1839 Frankfort Avenue, will host a free program on August 11, from 1-2:30 p.m., focusing on the Ohio State School for the Blind’s Marching Band. Ohio State School for the Blind Marching Band (OSSBMB) is the only marching band of blind and visually impaired students in the world. OSSBMB was formed in 2005 to play during the half-time shows for the Ohio School for the Deaf’s football games. Since then, the band has become a national sensation, a result of its thirty-two members marching in the 2010 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA. They also have won numerous awards, including the National Citation of Excellence from Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the national music fraternity. Join band director Dan Kelley, band founder Carol Agler and a few former members of the band fresh from 2012 band camp as they relate this fabulous story of the power of music education. Find out not only what forces shaped the early days of the band, but what special techniques these blind and visually impaired students use to execute the elaborate marching formations they need for a spectacular presentation. Bards & Storytellers celebrates entertainment industry traditions in the blind community. Admission is free but registration is required. Best for adults and older children. Call 899-2213 by August 10 to register send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. About the Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind: The Museum, where visitors experience hands-on history, is open Monday through Saturday. It is located on the second floor of the American Printing House for the Blind, Admission is free. Regular hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday and 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday. Visitors can write in braille, see the first book embossed for blind readers, play a computer game designed for blind students, and much more.