The Gettysburg Brass Band Festival is welcoming the All-Star Brass and Percussion of Columbus, Ohio, to a series of performances.
Dr. Eric Aho, director of bands and orchestra at Independence High School, founded the group in 1986. Students involved in the band must receive a nomination and successfully complete an audition process, according to a release issued by the local brass band festival.
Young musicians from over 40 schools and eight central Ohio counties currently participate in the organization. While some All-Star students pursue musical careers, most continue with music as an avocation. In 2009, 2014 and 2019, the ensemble participated in the New York Band & Orchestra Festival with performances in Central Park and Carnegie Hall. The All-Star Brass and Percussion is the first and most awarded youth honors brass band organization in North America, according to the release.