From performing to leading
Calvert teacher serves on state fair band staff
COLUMBUS — A local music teacher returned to a familiar place this summer.
Brett Welly, music teacher and band director at Calvert Catholic Schools, served his first year on the All-Ohio State Fair Band staff this year.
The band and All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir perform concerts at the Ohio State Fair, which ends today.
Welly, a 2012 graduate of Lakota High School, played in the percussion section of the state band from 2009 to 2012.
Welly said he had a great time, playing a lot of good marching music and great and fun concert music.
He served as an equipment staff member at this year’s state fair, moving equipment for the band.
He said his favorite part of being on staff as of Wednesday was making friends with fellow staff members.
The band was playing a lot of music similar to what he had played as a member.
“Stars and Stripes Forever, of course (is the same),” he said.
The band also performs a medley from the musical “Wicked.”
“That’s good,” he said.
This year’s band and choir have 400 members — 203 in band and 197 in choir — representing nearly 70 counties and more than 150 Ohio high schools, according to a release from the state fair.
Local band participants include Morgan Cranmore, Bennett Ramsdell, Abraham Sulin, Isaac Upton and Olivia Young, all from Columbian High School; Madeline Cook, Michael Daniels, Erica Kauffman, Abrianna Swartz, Iyanna Taylor, Autumn Weidner and Hana Windham, all from Fostoria High School; Bailee Coss, Jenna Ickes, Amber Lee, Thomas Masterson, Mykala Reinhart and Rebecca Steinmetz, all from Hopewell-Loudon High School; Caleb Chalfin, Erica Hartley, Erin Hartley and Jonathon Mason, all from Lakota High School; Dylan Weinandy from New Riegel High School; Kathleen Root from Old Fort High School; and Camryn Harben from Seneca East High School.
Local choir participants include Millie See of Buckeye Central High School; Emma Bauer and Eric Evans, both from Columbian High School; Ann Hoffman, Morgan Otto, Brennan Ross, Sarah Sievers and Mazlyn Wilder, all from Lakota High School; and Rosalva Barraza, Riley Gibson, Dominique Hall, Madelyn Johnston, Victoriya Marvin, Dustin Powers and Savannah Treft, all from Seneca East High School.
The band has a repertoire of an estimated 60 pieces of music. The musicians get the music when they arrive and have a couple of days of rehearsal before the fair opens.
They know what they’re doing, Welly said.
“They do the best they can,” he said.
Welly said he thinks the musicians enjoy the experience.
“I haven’t had any complaints yet. … I know I enjoy it,” he said.