The community is invited to attend a free concert Jan. 20 performed by participants in the Ohio Wesleyan University President’s High School Band Festival. (Photo courtesy of Larry Griffin)

President's High School Band Festival

Ohio Wesleyan to Host 54th Annual Festival, Community Concert Jan. 20

By Cole Hatcher

DELAWARE, Ohio – Talented high school musicians from several states will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Jan. 20 as part of the 54th annual Ohio Wesleyan University President’s High School Band Festival.

The concert will be held in Gray Chapel inside University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St., Delaware. The young musicians – invited from Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Michigan, and beyond – will be conducted by Ohio Wesleyan professor and renowned trumpeter Larry Griffin, D.M.A.

Ohio Wesleyan’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble also will perform at the Jan. 20 concert.

During their visit to Ohio Wesleyan, the high school students also will participate in the daylong band festival, which provides learning and scholarship opportunities for musicians recommended to attend by their school music directors.

Learn more about Ohio Wesleyan’s Department of Music and its upcoming schedule of concerts and recitals at

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers more than 90 undergraduate majors and competes in 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Through Ohio Wesleyan’s signature OWU Connection program, students integrate knowledge across disciplines, build a diverse and global perspective, and apply their knowledge in real-world settings. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives” and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at