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Coffman band teaming up with OSU symphony

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Dublin Coffman High School's symphonic band will play with the best March 19.

A free concert, slated for 7 p.m. March 19 at Coffman High School, 6780 Coffman Road, will feature the school's symphonic band and the Ohio State University Wind Symphony.

"OSU is known as one of the best concert bands in our region," said Jeremy Bradstreet, Coffman band director.

The band is usually competing in concert band contests now, but takes a break every third year, Bradstreet said.

"Every three years we don't do (contests) and do something fun like this," he said.

The show will include songs such as Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral by Richard Wagner and Ammerland by Jacob de Haan from the Coffman Symphonic Band and Slava! by Leonard Bernstein and An American in Paris by George Gershwin from the OSU Wind Symphony.

The show is free and open to the public, but it will also act as a learning experience for the student musicians, Bradstreet said.

"The goal in any musical activity is for them to hear the best whether working in the jazz band or concert band," he said. "It's another thing to be in the room and watch them play... It provides them the opportunity to learn how to play concert music better."

The band will also bring a few Dublin graduates to the performance.

Three Coffman High School graduates and one each from Jerome and Scioto high school are in the OSU Wind Symphony.

"Dublin is the most represented city as far as kids in the band," Bradstreet said.

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