The 200-member All-Ohio State Fair Band will perform at the Park of Roses on Sunday, Aug. 2.

The 200-member All-Ohio State Fair Band will perform at the Park of Roses on Sunday, Aug. 2.

The concert, the second of the day for the band, is scheduled to get under way at 7 p.m. and will feature a "variety of selections, including marches, show tunes, overtures and patriotic songs," according to Donald F. Santa-Emma, now in his 11th year as director of the band.

"The band concludes every concert with John Philip Sousa's 'The Stars and Stripes Forever,' " Santa-Emma, who is in his 36th year on the staff of the All-Ohio State Fair Band, wrote in an e-mail.

The group is scheduled to perform in the Celeste Center at 1 p.m. that day with the All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir.

"The All-Ohio State Fair Band was founded in 1925, and was known as the All-Ohio Boys' State Fair Band," according to the Web site. "It was then, as it is now, comprised of superior musicians from throughout the state of Ohio."

The members of the 2009 squad reported to the fairgrounds and began rehearsals on July 27.

Jack Wainwright of Fostoria was the founder and director of the band until 1931. Since then, the band has had four directors, most recently Santa-Emma of Rocky River near Cleveland.

Santa-Emma received his undergraduate degree from Ohio State University and his master's degree from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn.