Great Geauga County Fair Band

James A. Garfield National Historic SiteNews Release

For Immediate Release— Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Todd Arrington, PIO (440-255-8722, ext. 238)/e-mail us

James A. Garfield National Historic Site to host Great Geauga County Fair Band

James A. Garfield National Historic Site in Mentor is pleased to announce that it will host a free outdoor concert by the Great Geauga County Fair Band on Saturday, August 1 at 2 p.m. The concert will be held on the expansive lawn behind the family home of James A. Garfield, twentieth President of the United States.

Those attending this outdoor concert are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, drinking water, insect repellent, and sunscreen for comfort. Picnic baskets are welcomed; alcoholic beverages are not permitted. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be rescheduled for the following Saturday, August 8 at 2 p.m. The concert is free of charge; no reservations are required. Funding for the concert is generously provided by The Friends of James A. Garfield National Historic Site.

The Great Geauga County Fair Band has been entertaining audiences since 1938 and is made up of musicians of all ages from seven northeast Ohio counties. The Band’s history is closely linked to that of the Great Geauga County Fair, from which it takes its name.

The Band first performed at James A. Garfield National Historic Site in 2014. “Last year’s concert was a big success,” said Park Ranger Alan Gephardt. “We love working with other community groups on projects that bring music and history together in a creative way. We’re very pleased to once again host the Great Geauga County Fair Band and make this second annual concert a gift to the community. We thank the Band for agreeing to return this year and also the Friends of James A. Garfield National Historic Site for funding this wonderful event.”

According to Band Director Greg Hillis, the August 1 concert will feature approximately 60 musicians playing an eclectic selection of music with something to appeal to every generation. Kathy Stockmaster will perform the Band’s first-ever bassoon solo in “The Old Grumbly Bear,” by Julius Fucik. Vocalist Vanessa Pintabona, who teaches music in the West Geauga school system, will be performing “How Lovely to be a Woman,” from Bye Bye Birdie and “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” from Carousel. Also featured will be a medley of tunes from Disney’s Aladdin; a stirring medley, “The Blue and the Gray,” to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War; and a wonderful selection of marches by John Philip Sousa. Sousa conducted the U.S. Marine Band at the March 4, 1881 inauguration and inaugural ball of President James A. Garfield and for three later presidents as well.

James A. Garfield National Historic Site is located at 8095 Mentor Avenue (U.S. 20) in Mentor, Ohio, approximately 25 miles east of Cleveland. The site offers guided tours of the Garfield home, museum exhibits, and an introductory film. The National Park Service completely restored the house in the late 1990s, making it one of the most impressive presidential homes preserved for the public. For information call (440) 255-8722, write 8095 Mentor Avenue, Mentor, OH 44060, or on the Internet. Find the site on Facebook and follow the site on Twitter Read the site’s blog

Last updated: July 28, 2015

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