Celebrating Excellence
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History

Our rich history…

The All-Star Brass Bands, formed in 1986 by Founder and Director Dr. Eric Aho, provide a unique rehearsal and performing experience for motivated and advanced brass and percussion students. Built on the tradition of the British brass band, Dr. Aho wanted to establish an organization based on the highest standards of excellence that mimicked those found in the Brass Band of Columbus (BBC) — of which Eric was a Charter member (he is now Assistant Director and has been principal euphonium since 1984).

Eric said of education and the motivation for founding the All-Stars, “.., there weren’t a whole lot of opportunities for brass and percussion.. strings, yes — but not for brass. I wanted to do something real and at a high level…”

{In the photo above, Chad McGee, as ASBP Concertmaster, is seen during a rehearsal held at Northland High School. After his All-Star youth years, Chad went on to the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Chad is now our own Mr. McGee – Director of the Junior-Varsity All-Star Brass Bands.}

Our Logos over time…

Former ASBB Logo
The original All-Star logo, shown at right, can still be seen on some of of our shirts.

Each year builds on the previous as we hold true to our mantra, “Celebrating Excellence.”

Our current logo seen in our website masthead was designed by Matt Adams, a former All-Star. Matt pursued a degree from Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD) while he also managed to participate successfully in KL Row with TBDTBIL. Today Matt is active with the TBDBITL Alumni Association and is the Creative Director for a local Advertising Agency.

Additional background and facts…

In founding the All-Stars, Eric Aho established parameters that are used today:

  • Students involved in The All-Star Brass Bands must complete a nomination and audition process, whereby students accepted into the organization are placed in one of two or three bands, according to their performance level and age.
  • Members are nominated by their school band director, private instructor, or a veteran All-Star member. All students must be members in good standing of their school band programs.
  • For twenty-five years, approximately 80 to 100 students join the All-Stars, and the resulting impact on literally hundreds of students who might otherwise not have had the opportunity for such a high level musical experience. There have always been a minimum of two bands per season.
  • For some students, the ASBB Tour is their first trip away from Ohio. Whenever possible, the tour includes a college visit, too and interaction with the music department at that institution.
  • The All-Stars have drawn on 340 Ohio schools (middle, junior and senior high) for its members – having actively recruited band members from about 60 schools in 17 counties.
  • Over the history of the organization well over 1,000 students have been members.
  • Band members have come fro as far away as Aurora to the North, Ironton to the South, West Chester to the West, and Zanesville to the East. At one time, one student commuted from Bradford close to the Indiana border.
  • The band members are generally in grade seven through twelve, although there have been a handful of talented sixth graders over the years.
  • Some students and their parents invest in a three-hour commute to attend weekly rehearsals, performances and other functions – these obligations are kept in balance with their academic commitments at school (homework, projects, etc.) and participating in their own school band programs which always take precedence over the All-Stars if a conflict ensues.
  • Some members return year-after-year to assist as staff members or special clinicians at our annual retreat.
  • Most, if not all, All-Stars, report that during their membership they made long-lasting friendships and had an opportunity to do something quite extraordinary that enhanced their school experience.
  • In the 24 year history of the All-Stars, many All-Star Veterans have gone on to careers in music, participation in collegiate ensembles as non-music majors (to include locally The Ohio State University Marching Band, The OSU Athletic Bands, and The OSU Wind Symphony), and participation in community and other brass programs beyond college. Several All-Star Veterans are now members of the Brass Band of Columbus (BBC), Central Ohio Brass Band (COBB), and other organizations.